snag a memory
and reel it in
out of nowhere,
if you used
the proper hook.
from Breathing Lessons, by Anne Tyler
Opened a jar of Utrecht Artists' Acrylic Matte Medium last week—the smell of that matte medium snagged a memory and reeled it in from the wayback machine of my mind.
1970, Conn College, KB dormitory. Long hair. Crocheted vest. Bell bottoms. Bare feet.
Lisa taught me how to make a transfer sheet using a photographic image from a page of National Geographic and then découpage the image onto a block of wood.
Choose image. Tape securely to washable surface. Apply seven coats of matte medium, letting each coat dry thoroughly. Remove masking tape. Soak 'varnished' image in lukewarm water until paper is soft enough to be peeled from sheet of matte medium. Image is now embedded in transfer sheet of dried medium and is transparent enough to let wood grain show through when it's applied to stained wood with a few final coats of medium.
Proper hook, that matte medium.
|Paper Prayer 26|
1.5x5.75", acrylic and collage on paper
[not for sale]