Wednesday, August 22, 2012

"The Vellum"

($40.00......6" x 6"....mounted on a 1/8" depth clayboard panel)

"The vellum stretched over our hearts contains the most emotional inscription." There are some events that are more deeply etched on the vellum of our hearts. To be emotionally healthy, we must treat some of them as old friends, have a brief visit, and then enjoy the creation of new memories.

I drifted into a mono printing "frenzy" yesterday and this piece is one of the results. Glass is my favorite surface for this technique. I began by adhering some text and other ornamentation on my rice paper that gives a "nod" to the book arts. The very next step was to lay out some wax paper to lay the mono printed rice paper to dry.

The actual mono print began by brayering on some Speedball Printing Ink onto my glass. I then took a slice of a credit card and made expressive marks in the paint. The rice paper was laid on top of this texturized paint and I then used a clean brayer to press it into the paint. Lift with a palette knife and lay aside to dry. The fun part of this is making lots of different sheets and then cut and tear them and attach to 140 lb. HP. (For a medium to large size piece...switch to 300 lb. HP.)

All of this was quite spontaneous, but cropping was the thing that really brought it together. By working larger, you give yourself many different ways to crop and will end up with a division of space and shapes that you would never have come up with by carefully planning all of your moves.

Of course, the papers had to be sprayed with spray acrylic coating before adhering to the support because they're water soluble. I simply laid them into a foam core tray to spray them.  And there you have it...just a few more things to think about.

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