Enigma 419: Painting by numbers - From New Scientist #1569, 16th July 1987 [link] Instructions 1. You will need four copies of: labelled A, B, C, D. 2. Take A. The artist Pussicato signs th...
Monday, April 24, 2006
Seeing Faces in paint
On Saturday I bought a new sketchbook - its A4, has sturdy covers and is ring bound down the long side - just what I was looking for. I immediately painted the first few pages with sepia acrylic ink which I squidged around - often by shutting the book up and then opening it again; so making two similar, but different, patterns on facing pages. This ink dries very quickly so some brush marks were often left despite this blotting. (You can see that I'm still being influenced by that Rorschach Monster blot I did almost a month ago ;-)
Since then I've been playing with the pages finding faces in there. I've found that I can do a little, leave them, then return and find new faces I'd not seen before. This is a page that I've only worked with a bit so far and a detail from it.
And now I've found that ArtsyMama is just starting an altered book challenge, inspired by A Book of Dreams. ArtsyMama is going to post one new technique a week on Wednesdays. As I already have the themes I want to work with this focus on techniques suitable to go inside a book seems synchronisitic and potentially very helpful. She has also made it clear that its fine to start with a blank book. There is still time to join in if you are interested too! See her invitation to join in here.