Wednesday, 17 October 2007
Recording the process (rust triptych) 1
As I seem to have quite a difficult time starting a new project I thought it might be a good idea to record the process of development on my latest piece of work. I want to create a triptych using 3; 16"x 16" deep canvases and incorporating mixed art media with textiles. My inspiration is rust, as mentioned in my post, "A grand day out".
I have started with a small canvas, which will act as a sample to try out ideas. I've made a start by using the imagery I worked out in my sketch book and using acrylic. This has handled a lot differently to the Luma inks I used on the watercolour paper and I have therefore had to mix up new colours to try and match the original paperwork, but this did remind me how much I enjoy experimenting with colour mixing to find just the right match, a hangover from my textile print studies.
Next I painted some bondaweb with acrylic, trying to match the colours and textures of the rust. I ironed this onto white silk organza, as it was the nearest fabric I could find to replicate the tissue paper I used on the paperwork. It worked very well especially with a hint of metallic paint. But the next thing is going to be "how do I stitch this to achieve the texture of rust?”
I did another one of these bondaweb samples to give myself more pieces to work with and try different colour ways.
As I still had acrylic left over I decided to paint some scrim to see if that gave me any ideas, so I suppose when these samples are dry I will have to venture into stitch! Always a tricky moment for me as I usually quite like the piece as it is without adding any stitch.
This is completely new to me, as I’ve never painted a canvas before, but I was pleased that it felt comfortable, so I’m just going to try and go with the flow on this one and let the process develop naturally.