Getting Ready for the One of A Kind Christmas Show

Thursday, January 01, 2009

I spent the holidays working away on an assortment of sizes and trying out a couple new subjects with the manipulated paper technique. And I even managed to take some photos of the process so I thought this would be a good opportunity to share the basics of what is involved with each piece of work using this technique.


Step 1

Preparing the canvas with selected papers; wetting manipulating, tearing, and layering with various gel mediums, letting harden into its own unique surface.

Step 2

Applying sprays and pools of thin washes generously and excessively, allowing the variety of colours to randomly explore the many pathways suggested by the papers' textures.

Notice the paint pooling on the table?

Step 3

Further exploring the texture and shape of the image, line by line, with pen nib and acrylics, until all 3 steps merge as one, creating the final fused cohesive image.

Other works in varying stages of the process:


  1. Oooh I like that texture - did you use some sort of netting on the perch? It works so well for scales! Lovely stuff.

  2. Great - but a lot of work. I love the build up and texture in your work.


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