Sunday, 4 May 2008

Thanks to Elis Cooke

Yesterday I met up with friends for our monthly play/workshop. We have a teacher/facilitator for these sessions but this winter and spring we have mostly been following our own ideas. Some time ago I had read about a technique on Elis Cooke's Into The Blystic blog and decided I would have a play using her ideas.


I worked in watercolour as suggested by Elis as this should not stick to the base paper as acrylic or inks would. For the first piece I used a sheet of Saunders Waterford watercolour paper and tore shapes from another sheet of Saunders paper. In addition I used tissue paper, paper doily, nappy liner, sinamay and make up remover pads. I thoroughly wetted the paper and then loosely painted on watercolour and sprinkled salt in some areas. I then left the paper to dry overnight. (This is the hardest part, no peeking!)

This morning I peeled off the various papersand was delighted with the result! (Excuse the colour change....the dried version is nearer the reality). Some of the effects on the main paper surface were achieved where some of the paint crept underneath the masking pieces.

You could if you wished seal the surface with a diluted acrylic medium so that you can work on top or use the lovely textures in collages.


This second attempt was done on Pittura Acrylis paper. I don't know whether that had any bearing but several of the papers stuck :( I used tissue, paper doily, bubble wrap, face pads, paper towel, tyvek and a hand made paper and salt again.

This morning some of the paper, particularly the dress pattern and the doillies, had stuck to the paper. I particularly like the marks made by the cleansing pads but I will probably tear this page up to use in other work. Don't forget too that you have all the painted papers etc which had been acting as a resist.

The marks under the tissue were made by me scratching with a paintbrush to try and move the paint around.

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Gina said...

What wonderful textured papers in these last two posts Julie - they make fantastic backgrounds. Would like to try this technique.

Into the Blystic said...

Oh Julie You got some fantastic effects! I'm not familiar with your acrylic paper so I don't know why it stuck? You just never know what you are going to get with this experiment... and it always surprises and inspires me and I find it to be the best kind of fun! So glad you got a chance to try it! namaste Elis.

sharon young said...

Gorgeous effects here, Julie, looks like you really enjoyed this technique.

Genie said...

Lovely work. Have not done that technique for a while, but it is fun.

Mai-Britt said...

I just love them - it makes me want to have a go, now........ very exciting!

But today has "finish studio make-over" written on it and it is the last fun bit, so I'm excited about that too.

arlee said...

WOW--those are fabulous and inspiring! Must try Elis's method---just GORGEOUS

Gunnels blog said...

I must try this sometimes! Wonderful!

Judy Scott said...

wowowowow, I want to go out to my studio now and have a go but its really late so Id better not! I love what youve done and the effects are awesome really fabulous. Well done for not peeping! Judy x