Sunday, September 9, 2012

"Stress Reliever"


"Thanksgiving is a stress reliever." Anyone who has learned to give thanks in all things has ushered themselves into the presence of God.

It may not seem like it, but the techniques used to create this collage involved three that are spontaneous. To quote myself from another takes a spontaneous technique to create a spontaneous result.

The first spontaneous technique was the mono printing of the rice paper. When making large gestural and erratic marks into the Speedball Printing Ink, the very free marks are going to add movement to the final piece. The key is to place those types of pieces in contrast with the plain white rice paper over the text, with other mono printed papers that are almost solid color, and some of the black of the support showing through.

The second spontaneous technique is the cropping of the rice paper and the eventual cropping of the collage. Cropping remains my single most favorite thing to do since it gives the most options for the final outcome.

The third technique was the improvisational writing of the quote which echoes some of the erratic lines in the background. This is an exciting way to work, but does involve several steps. It is the type of thing you can work on a little bit each day and keep coming back to. Just be prepared for little bits of old book pages and rice paper to be all over your studio. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about.

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