Archive for the ‘Experiments with Paper and Media’ Category

I have several ideas for final steps, and I am worried about spoiling it, which can happen, even though a person shouldn’t think that way. So to calm my fears, I’ll post this near-final version of “She Asked My Advice.”

When the final version is ready, I’ll post it and also identify the fellow artist who sent me the material in the left border.

Original is about 9 by 11 inches, my big visual journal.

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“A riot of color” was my plan for a 7″ by 10″ painting in my visual journal. It’s got acrylic paints and glaze; a spritz of alcohol; some crayon rubbing; white paint pen; and a large cast of felt tip markers. Lots of pointillism with white pen and fine tip markers; and I wouldn’t object to more.

There are some spots where the color combinations just don’t work [I tried not to scan those], but on the whole I created something I really like. It’s gaudy, lively, and complicated. Here are three out-takes from “A Riot of Color,” with narrow borders added.

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I found this on my walk this morning, a true ready-made … a little wire creature taking off at a gallop.

He could become a stencil or a tracing or a rubbing, a very useful little guy. I digitally tinted the background of the scan and added a border to the image, but the object itself is as-is.

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Wow [surprised as usual by the passage of time and the amount of stuff I’ve created since about 2001.]

About 8 years ago, I retrieved a Jiffylite padded envelope from the trash at the university History Department where I worked. I made a large mixed media artwork on this recycled canvas sometime later.

It has an outsized presence — it’s 15 x 22 inches and very colorful — so there’s never been “the right place” to hang it, and it’s also a bear to store.

Today I scanned it in parts and e-stitched it together, using a few digital tools to disguise some of the joins. I still like it a lot and don’t want to look at it all the time, which you’ll understand if you enlarge the image.

That’s a frilly blue cocktail pick in my guru’s hand. I doubt I’ll ever make anything quite like this again.

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Last night I experimented with heavy crayon over alcohol ink. I thought it might be possible to scratch out a pattern through the crayon, but the result looked meager. I threw the card away.

This morning I thought I’d apply gesso over the discarded work and do something on the new surface, using the “what’s on my desk?” technique. This card is what I made, from an acrylic skin (defined below if you need a definition), a magazine clipping, and some yellow paint, which wasn’t on my desktop but had been, recently.

An acrylic skin is a dried-out patch of acrylic paint — typically many layers — that can be peeled up from your palette more or less intact. Being acrylic, skins are more than willing to be pasted down with acrylic medium. With any luck, they are a little grungy, with ragged edges and oddly mixed colors, as in this instance.

This still-damp card has been scanned through a piece of plastic wrap to protect the scanner surface. Light reflects erratically off the plastic and adds little white flecks to the image, a digital bonus.

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Index cards are a frustrating weight: too light for water-based media and too heavy for certain other things. But wait.

I made a rubbing using a piece of ordinary paper as my rubbing plate. It had been given a shaped edge when I cut a variety of small shapes out of it yesterday.

With a soft-ish Art Stix crayon, I got a very nice impression, moving the “plate” three times in total. It looks like tree bark to me.

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I’ve made some postcards for a swap that calls for citrus colors: orange, yellow and lime green. I didn’t especially want to draw or paint fruit, so I tried other ideas using those colors. An old watercolor made a great background, and I was happy to use it because it hasn’t been hung for years.

On my card, the postage stamps are vivid lime green and neon yellow, but the scanner doesn’t see them the way I do.

Coloring the postage stamps with green and yellow highlighters was satisfying. You can see the designs very clearly through the color. I expect I’ll use my  postage stash more often now.

I played around with color adjustment tools in PaintShop Pro and created some interesting accidental effects, but the two “beige” stamps never did turn yellow. A mystery.

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