Monday, May 23, 2011

The Letter Series, and Other Things

I've gone back to my Stacked Journaling Letter Series this week in a letter written to myself titled, "Dear Judi: Tangled"

7 1/2"  x 11"

The substrate for this piece is one of the lovely tag cards I brought home with me from Pennsylvania. I painted multiple washes of Golden fluid acrylics across the glue side of a piece of Pellon double-sided fusable web. When it had dried, I ironed it to the white tag, trimmed the edges, and sealed the whole thing with a layer of matte medium.

I should have taken a photo of it at that point, but I was anxious to dive into journaling, so that didn't happen. However, I used the same technique and mediums on this green piece...


... so you can at least have an idea of what it looked like- in reds and blues- before the letter I was writing took over and covered the surface. I used Sakura opaque white fine-line paint pens to do the Stacked Journaling. The graffiti-esque quality of this technique just never fails to captivate me.

Having these colors out on my desk all weekend meant that a lot of other surfaces got played with, too, in essentially the same color palette (I never work on one piece at a time, I always have multiples going at once!)



Both of these pieces are a little too complex to simply call them "painted" or "collage" papers, but they can't really be considered completed art pieces, either.

I started each piece by first stamping black opaque paint in various designs onto lightweight copy paper. The paper was then torn and reassembled onto deli paper with a little gel medium. Then each piece of deli paper was washed and stamped repeatedly with layers of both transparent and opaque paints.

The fun thing about each piece is that they still maintain a very light weight and hand, so they could easily be torn into still more fragments and reassembled into some other collage work, later on.

In more experimentation with ironing painted fusable web to deli paper, I did some painting and stamping on two more pieces of the web, cut them apart and reassembled them into separate but related collages. Then they got more paint and more texture.



Like the pieces above, these can now either be mounted and called finished, or cut/ripped apart later for a different project.

Hope your weekend was creative!
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