Enigma 1240: Stack ’em high - From New Scientist #2396, 24th May 2003 Joe’s daughter likes puzzles just as much as her father and spends quite some time designing her own. Last weekend,...
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
What do you see?
This is a double page spread in my current altered book. After spending lots of time playing with possible page backgrounds outside the book, this is the first I've applied within it.
1st two layers - palette knifed on white gesso - keeping the texture building up
2nd layer - yellow liquid acrylic rubbed on all over
3rd layer - yellow ochre and phthalo green applied with palette knife, some rubbing in and rubbing off and more yellow ochre spread over whilst still wet - this was a very messy and fun phase!
The title of this book is "Shamanic Marks - Inspiration" and I'm planning on using a cave art style - so now I'm looking at this textural background to see what animals, or people, or ghosties I see there.
One of the techniques the cave painters (as opposed to the scratchers) used was spray painting around stencils - the most obvious being the hand prints found in caves. So I've signed up for an on-line stencil course with Mary Ann of Dispatch from LA.
In preparation I've been scouring the neighbourhood shops for doilies!
No I don't suppose its true cave art but they have holes in and make interesting stencils. I've been collecting various supplies since I signed up for the course:
Whilst on my trek looking for doilies, sequin waste and anything else that has stencilling potential without being too expensive... I saw these:
Notice that cake stand. On my way home, laden with my purchases, I came across, on a garden wall, a cake stand and lid that had a label on it that said "Please Take Me", beside it was some bubble wrap and a carrier bag... so of course I did! (I forgot to photograph it though - sorry - I was just too surprised and excited.)
And talking about cakes and celebrations Teasel was 8 months old on Sunday and Jim has been blogging in her dog blog about that and her first 6 months with us.
She's changed our lives so much and its so much for the better!
(Though her birthday cake was a Liver Cake and not something I fancy...)