All, completed this past winter and spring. I’ve been working with watersoluble embroidery stabilizer and the possibilities of using it on old failed paintings. All three of these have been done previously on stretched quarter sheet 140lb Arches paper. All are done with water soluble media as well as art markers and the embroidery stabilizer.
This is called “Cracks” AND I think it has two layers of failed paintings underneath.
This is “Alien House.”
And this is “Acentric Heraldry” and has a couple of layers underneath as well as some thick collage which adds to the texture of this top layer. The small centers of the black spots are pieces of gold colored ribbon.
I still have about five or six more that are not quite finished, but will be soon, and I’ll present those next.
After a little rearranging and getting all the pieces tacked down, I put a heavy coat of varnish (satin) on it, it’s ready for display. I’ve called it “Lord Christopher Darnsworthington, VIII. Google didn’t have any name like that listed, and it’s sort of whimsical, but appropriate for this fellow dressed in all his finery.
The list of materials used is quite long too. Most are fluid acrylic paint and various types of plastic, cotton, paper and cake decorations. Wish him well on his journey! 🙂
I am a collector–can’t throw anything away. Even blobs of dry paint that I’ve peeled off the bottom of a plastic cup . Even cracked pieces of watercolor paint occasionally come in handy in painting. But they especially come in handy when doing mixed media collage. A small dot of red paint makes a great eye, and stringy pieces make hair, etc. Gray paints make great scales. Most of them after they are thoroughly cured can be easily stored in a small container. They appear to stick together, but easily come apart.
Here’s a part of my collection of acrylic paints. Don’t hesitate to save them. Leave they out in the air separated for a week or so, and then they will be fully cured and will easily peel apart when stored together.
The value of using a mat in evaluation of a painting is particularly evident when doing a mixed media, somewhat thick, collage. Nothing seems to make any sense when the material appears seemingly just thrown randomly on the paper. In this case there’s a 20×16″ canvas under all this. In doing this I most often work with the mat in place, but here’s what it looks like with the mat removed.
And here, with a mat with a 20×16″ opening. Didn’t move any of the pieces. Just lifted the mat. I have not glued most of the pieces at this stage. I did crop off the mat for this picture, but followed the sizing exactly. Stay tuned for the next episode.