The 'two women' image - Queen Kawit and a servant - is from a National Geographic magazine.
The ink drawing is mine, including the Aura of squares around the image.
The queen's mirror is highly reflective silver paper.
There are several tiny gems in the queen's necklace and on the four papyrus plants on the left.
I processed the magazine image to eliminate the paper but keep the image. This is especially useful if you're concerned about archival quality and are using paper that's not acid-free (basically all magazines). In this particular case, 'archival' is not really an issue because the papyrus itself is not archival, but I wanted the texture of the papyrus and a bit of the tan color to come through the image. Magazine ink is another issue.
In fact, it's less about getting the image off the paper as it is about getting the paper off the image!
Here's what I do:
- Leave a good two cms. (1/2" +) of border around the image you want to use.
- Paint six layers of acrylic matte medium on the image, letting each one dry well. You could use glossy medium instead.
- Lightly score the back, where the paper is still accessible, with an X-acto knife and wet it liberally with water. You'll see dark lines appear where the water is soaking into the cuts.
- Carefully rub off all the paper. This takes a few sessions of scoring and rubbing and lots of re-wetting. If you're done, the back will feel quite smooth.
- In the end, the paper disappears but the ink is left behind. Then you can trim the image to the edges you want. Note that it will be floppy to handle.
- Use the same matte or glossy medium to affix the image to your art surface.