Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Paint: fooling around with paper decoration

These are the paper towels I used to blot the paint. This was supposed to be the last photo. Oh well.

Tissue paper painted with acrylic with two leaf skeletons glued on with matte medium. I will continue decorating today with more metallics.

For the following papers I used rice paper. The above had been painted first. Then I accordion folded it (when dry) as you would to make a fan. Then I folded the "fan" in half and then in half again till I ended up with a little rectangle of paper. This I wet.

I dipped the wet paper into blobs of watered down acrylics on my pallet. Another way to stain the paper would be with a dropper full of ink or paint. This is a different sheet from the above. It was a pre-colored yellow rice paper sheet.

Once stained, unfold the paper, place it on newspaper or freezer paper to dry. This sheet was white, unpainted, when I folded it and stained it.

Another step could be to refold the stained papers in another direction and stain them a second time which I may do today.

14 comments:

Cris in Oregon said...

Suki, you seem to get an Asian feeling to your works. These especially feel Asain and are lovely. I especially love the second one as I feel I am looking into a reflecting pool, with the leaves floating on top.

sukipoet said...

thanks Cris. I do think there is an Asian slant to a lot of my abstracted things. Esp many of the cards I've made in the past and wallhangings.

Kim said...

Suki!

These are beautiful and inspiring! I love what you are doing with the folding and dipping. As you know I love working with rice paper, too....this is fun and wonderful.

I also love the way you have used the leaves and metallics!

Thanks so much, Suki!

Lynn said...

thank you for teaching this process. of course it reminds ME of a quilt...and looks fun to do.
I do like those metalic colors too.

sukipoet said...

thanks kim. I'll show more when I finish the last coating.

Lynn, We used to do this process teaching nursery school kids. We used tissue paper and food coloring. Comes out pretty good.

katie jane said...

Gosh Suki, I love the one with the leaves. Of course, anything with nature in it agrees with me, which is why I so like your nature photos. But really, that one with leaves is just lovely.

Patti said...

Beautiful effects! And I love the poetry in your earlier post too.

Elizabeth said...

These are magical.
such delight in 'found art'.
Major eye candy - and much less fattening.

sukipoet said...

Thanks Katie Jane. I love to use leaves and pressed flowers in my decorative papers. In fact, people often save leaves and flowers and give them to me. So lovely.

Thanks Patti. I've had fun with these taking a break from oil painting. thanks re: poem comment.

Thanks Elizabeth. Maybe I have been influenced by the patterns of Marrakesh you show so often in you wonderful photos.

Britt-Arnhild said...

A lovely palette.

Good luck with the naming of your farm.

WILSONART said...

I LOVE all your fun Paper Play!
Wonderful art!

sukipoet said...

Britt-Arnhild, it is certainly a bright pallet, at least the red pieces though i have painted some more on these sheets since these pictures.

Thanks Babs. I am having fun, as this sort of painting feels freer somehow than what I had been doing.

human being said...

Wow!
Very creative and delightful...
Love to look at them again and again...

sukipoet said...

Thanks for looking Human Being.