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Small Wordless Sketchbook 2020 Pages 14 and 15

In March-June 2020 I created a sketchbook full of art made from odds and ends I had saved. The book has no words, just pictures. I am showing you the whole book, two facing pages at a time. The book was finished in June. I made it to help myself feel better as I passed through the early days of the pandemic.

Here are the project’s specifics.The book is a mixed media sketchbook that’s 5.5″ x 7.5″. I used collage materials including magazine pages and scraps of my own discarded artworks, as well as acrylic paints and inks, India ink, and pens, regular brushes, and bamboo brushes.

And here is a more detailed look.

Here are the pages as they appear in the book:

Scrape Paint Across a Postcard

Both of these postcards, made in September 2020, have acrylic paint scraped across them to create textures or visual interest. What I do is take a plastic scraper (the kind you would buy to use in spackling – they often come in sets of three, in different sizes), put a blob of paint on the art, and scrape across the image.

In this way a layer of paint is laid down. You can make it as thick or thin as you like. I often use a knitting needle or the end of my paintbrush to scribble lines in it.

You can also use the technique as a printing method. Scrape out the paint, scratch or scribble or whatever in it, and then press it to another artwork. The design will be transferred.

As another idea, a scraped-paint background can be made very quickly and then you can draw, collage, or paint on top of it.

Go on, give it a try!

Small Wordless Sketchbook 2020 Pages 12 and 13

In March-June 2020 I created a sketchbook full of art made from odds and ends I had saved. The book has no words, just pictures. I am showing you the whole book, two facing pages at a time. The book was finished in June. I made it to help myself feel better as I passed through the early days of the pandemic.

Here are the project’s specifics.The book is a mixed media sketchbook that’s 5.5″ x 7.5″. I used collage materials including magazine pages and scraps of my own discarded artworks, as well as acrylic paints and inks, India ink, and pens, regular brushes, and bamboo brushes.

Here are pages 12 and 13 as they appeared in the book:

Here are more detailed images of the pages.

Soft Lines

These two postcards, made in August 2020, were done using a variety of printing methods. If you examine them you will see the characteristic soft lines of the printing method I learned from my friend Diane and that I’ve mentioned before.

You’ll also see bubble wrap and a cardboard coffee jacket (the corrugated interior) put to work. I used acrylic paints for my color.

Using more than one printing method gives some fantastic outcomes- I love the layers and the visual richness that can result.

Feathery Print Postcards

I made these two postcards in April 2020, by using the transfer print process as explained by my friend Diane Podolsky, though I use a modified version involving waxed paper (I know I’ve described it somewhere but if you want details let me know and I’ll do it again!)

I love the feathery look the printed lines have.

Print Post Cards

A while back, my friend Diane, a printer, posted a technique that caught my attention because of the attractive results, the ease of doing it, and the elements of serendipity inherent in it.

I tried it for myself, made some modifications to suit my particular situation, and even taught it to my students in the mixed media class I taught some months ago.

I made some prints, and this one I turned into a postcard and … mailed it to my friend Diane!

 

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This postcard is a cropped piece from a sheet of watercolor paper. I was demonstrating different print techniques to my students in the above-mentioned mixed media class.

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Re-Prints?

I did these prints with the Gelli Plate back in summer 2016, during my Art Camp, and I think I photographed them lying on my table. But, here they are, cleaned up and turned into  postcard sizes.

 

Now I am all ready to be doing a whole new set of printing, aren’t I?

 

Art Camp Day 1 – August 1


Well, it’s getting to be the end of summer. Everyone else has already gone to camp, or just finishing up, so I decided to see if I couldn’t get in a session myself. Being a do-it-yourself kind of person I decided to attend a very convenient one, located in my head.

You may say, oh dear, I’m lost now, I just don’t see the roadsigns for this location.

OK, I’ll stop the facetiousness and just say – I don’t have any pressing art project for shows or exhibits now, and I was just thinking about what to do, when the idea came into my head –

You have a lot of art supplies waiting for a tryout or another session. Things you don’t generally use but you thought that someday you might…

Think: gelli plate. Some kinds of clay projects. Scratch art. Wood-burning set. Stone-carving set. Mail art projects. Those little claybord rectangles (a whole bag of them).

These ideas were just the ones that came to me immediately. Maybe I’ll think of more. Anyway, the idea of just drifting along, doing artwork with these half-formed, half-forgotten ideas – sounded great for this time of year.

OK. So I’ll write about them as I get time. Here’s the first thing I did – Gelli plate printing.


I bought the Gelli plate a few months ago but this is only the second time I’ve  used it. My aim was just to print – no idea what I’d do with the work when finished.

As for materials, I used acrylic paints and a variety of papers. I think these will find a place in collage work later on, or I might add India ink to them. For now, I’m letting them dry and enjoying thinking about the possibilities. I did like using the plate and it reminded me of the versatility of monoprinting.

Here are some photos of my progress. I took them at different stages of the work.

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Blank pages on my work table.

First set of photos.

 

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Second group.

 

Third set.

 

 

Fourth group.

 

 

 

Fifth set of photos. These are the papers I had when I finished the day. I think power of layers is the theme here.