Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Thursday, December 26, 2013
You see, I had a pile of unused gelli prints 4 inches high. Yes, that is correct. 4 inches high! I cannot let all that paper go to waste, can I? No I cannot.
Cutting into them in this way gave me some interesting insight into my color palette preferences as well. While I always knew my preferences lie in the tertiary colors, I can see exactly how that fits in to my work now.
I had been trying to get my paint to work on other papers, like the hot pressed water color paper for example. But the way the colors settle into the mulberry paper is something I cannot seem to replicate on any other paper. Except of course on the Rives and I am not cutting that paper up for collage! Too heavy anyway. This "sumi" paper is thin enough to use for many layers of collage and takes the color in a textured and most wonderful way.
So let the cutting continue! I have a three inch pile left!
Monday, December 23, 2013
Lately I seem to be gravitating towards colored backgrounds with black and white collage elements. Not sure why, but I like it.
I am trying to direct my work to be simpler. Not always an easy thing to direct the work since it always seems to go where it wants.
But I keep trying......
Friday, December 20, 2013
|Complicated Paper before on the right and |
after on the left.
Whenever I take a class I almost always come away with ONE thing that I never forget and that really inspires me to create. In this case it was her lesson on making what she calls "complicated paper". I can't stop making this paper! It is so easy and very freeing and a great way to use up all those teeny, tiny scraps of gelli prints gone wrong! It is also a very good way to loosen up your collage skills! I do seem to be a bit rusty since my last collaging episode!
On the right side (I know it is backwards visually) you see the paper in it's raw state. On the left I traced one of my leaf designs and painted and shaded around it.
|Complicated paper cut out|
I can't show you how I made the paper. For that you will have to go here and buy Ann's DVD!
Friday, December 13, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
I always end up with paper scraps no matter how hard I try to cut the paper so that won't happen. Usually I don't worry about it too much but this is the Rives BFK. To waste it would be sinful! It is such wonderful paper. Can you tell how much I love it?
I was feeling very uninspired yesterday. I thought I was getting tired of my mask shapes but I decided to just load up the brayer and paint the scraps. I loved the fast and furious pace of painting with the brayer. And the textures you get from it are so juicy! You can even get lovely lines from using the side of the brayer!
At first I tried inking the mask and laying it on the plate but that didn't look so great. Then I decided to just lay the mask on the plate on a juicy bed of black paint. I liked that. A lot. You can see more on my flickr site from this series.