Friday, October 18, 2013


I am very excited about this fun post! (This is nothing new, since I become excited about many things frequently.)

The November '13 issue of Arts & Activities Magazine includes my piece about using either Xerography or Scanography with your own images to distort them. 

unique method, how to
A & A is a great magazine for educators!


For example, this photograph was ideal for experimentation to stretch it out. 
Paula Guhin
Dark figure on a lighter background.

Then, if you used a black & white copier,  you have the great fun of hand-coloring the prints! Soft pastels, oil pastels, pens, or good colored pencils are the best tools of choice.

Paula Guhin
Keep your eyes closed!

As you can see, the article includes how to make portraits from life, and they can also be distorted or blurred creatively.  Of course you can place objects on the scanbed, too.

The finished creations can be framed and displayed, or you can use them in mixed media paintings and collages. I had so much fun exploring these techniques than I ended up with many extra copies, and they won't go to waste!

The ARTS & ACTIVITIES website, bless their hearts,  has a bonus feature here for anyone with concerns about using photocopiers. Just scroll down the page to find it.

                                                      Paula Guhin


  1. Hi Paula!
    Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog as well as your wonderful books. Both are full of great ideas and information! Your use of spackling on the textured leaf painting is intriguing. I've used a product called Flex-All on occasion to add texture, but when I opened the container recently I found mold growing on the surface of the contents, so of course I didn't use it. Have you had any such problems with the spackle? And do you use it straight, or do you mix it with gel medium before applying it to your substrate?

    1. Thanks for your lovely words, Lynn (have I told you that's my middle name?). I too have found mold at times, but I just scrape it off the surface and use what's underneath! If you let it dry and then paint or seal with acrylics, no mold would dare to grow on your artwork! Ha!


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