($60.00....6" x 6"....300 lb HP mounted on a 1.50" depth clayboard)
There are several more layers of papers in this piece than some of the previous ones posted. The many overlaps and the exposed edges create more depth and subtle value shifts. Notice that there is very little strong color except for the red in the area of the edge to edge shape going from top to bottom.
And that bit of red was applied by brushing gel matte medium on the color side of the rice paper and then adhering to the support. Wait a few minutes and then carefully lift it off before it dries and the color transfers in a very erratic pattern. I also did the same thing with some of the text pages from an old book. This is commonly referred to as deconstruction.
Walnut ink created the "smudges" on and around the edges. And it is best to dilute it a bit and dab it on after the rice paper is adhered. Notice also the red line created by the edge of the text page. That is something to look for when buying old books for this type of layering. This surface creates the perfect light background for the inclusion of expressive lettering after it has been prepared for writing by brushing on a mixture of (2) parts water to (1) part gel matte medium.
And believe it or not, the shapes are quite distinguishable from across the room. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about.
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