Thursday, May 15, 2014


Following through on my 12-month plan, I spent the week working with Stacked Journaling, this time on paper.

Jane Davies introduced me to this spectacular printmaking paper, which I'm able to find at It has a smooth surface, two lovely deckled edges, and despite the fact that it's only 90#, shows little cockling or warping when used with wet media.

This week's piece played hide and seek with SJ.

(22" x 30", acrylics on paper)

After layering paint and multiple monoprints of SJ, I finally blocked out some areas to create my composition, and filled in the rest with a light wash of burnt sienna. I'm still not sure how I feel about this piece, or this technique for that matter, but it may provide some inspiration for future work, and that's what my intention of working in a series is really meant to do.

Despite my ambiguity about this piece, it took up most of my work week to complete. In order to help blot some of the monoprinted SJ from it, I used another piece of my new favorite paper to take ghost prints for next weeks' experimentation. I added a light wash of color, but that's all I've had time to do on it, so far.

While waiting for layers of paint to dry, I used this piece of canvas to doodle and off-load excess paint. It's not a piece of art, and it may never become one, but it's a peek into the mind of a distracted artist.

Until next week, create with curiosity!
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