Sunday, April 7, 2013


(unavailable....6" x 6" Experimental Piece....Mounted on a Gessobord)

"Words form thoughts and habits." Words are very powerful things and I was excited to make them the centerpiece of my first foray into brush lettering. The brush is very expressive and the only regret that I have is that I didn't take it to heart much earlier in life.

This is a simple mixed media piece with mono printed rice paper mounted on a gessobord as the support. These small presentations can be framed or placed on an easel. They can also be mounted with other 6" x 6" pieces on a larger clayboard with a 2" depth. It makes a stunning display...especially if you have been working in a series. This is food for thought for any of you who are involved with The Open Doors Gallery at Hill Country Bible Church since our fall theme is "Poetic Collections". This would be one way to show a collection.

After the initial mono printed papers were adhered to the board, old text pages and plain rice paper were also added...especially where the lettering was to be placed. There is also a bit of deconstruction going on with more snippets of text placed around two edges.

Black and white is always a good choice, especially if you introduce several different textures. The first mono printed rice papers are actually (3) cropped sections of larger pieces. The energy of the line work in the mono print adds energy to any piece. 

After all the pieces were adhered to the support and sprayed with Acrylic Coating, I left it to dry overnight....(always a good idea with rice papers). This morning I prepared the surface for lettering with (2) parts water and (1) part Gel Matte Medium and (3) applications using a hair dryer and brushing on the medium at the same time. It is necessary to have the heat to cause the medium to attach to the surface since the acrylic coating is a slick surface. And there you have it...just a few more things to think about.


  1. I'm so glad you are in the workshop with me. I already see and KNOW you will do great things with Carl's powerful teaching. YOU are a blessing and I cherish you! XOXOX Trish

  2. Great job! Glad you are enjoying the workshop! Kinda wish I was there, but we probably wouldn't get much done if we were together having fun :) I can't wait to see all the artwork that comes from it! ~Sue

  3. Your work is so interesting, Dee! I hope some day to see some of it in person.