Good morning! It's an exciting weekend coming up in the Shay household....the whole family is off to South Carolina first thing in the morning to witness the graduation walk of the middle child on Saturday, then it's a whirlwind 3 weeks of moving her from SC to Connecticut to start graduate school on June 1. When I awoke this morning I was feeling like I needed to clone myself to get everything done that needs to get done between family, work and art. Looks as though those thoughts found their way into my work today, which often happens!
So....to the lesson at hand...WASHES! In the book the lab outlines 9 different ways to approach doing washes. Here, in this little experiment, we are working with two simple washes; 1) acrylic paint wash (two colors) and 2) a sepia ink wash. To make a wash, simply dilute your paint or ink with water. The ratio of water to medium depends on how strong you want your color. The focus in our exploration will be less about the washes and technique and more about what you use under them.
Gather up your materials. Now please don't think that I am telling you to run out and buy all of this....to the contrary, please use what ever you have on hand in your own work space. It doesn't even have to be what I have used in these examples....REALLY....just whatever you have on hand. The idea is to see how the washes, both acrylic paint and ink respond to what you are putting them over.
I started with mat board cut into 2.5 x 3.5 inches (ATC size) and a carved stamp from my stash. My little goddess has been with me for over 10 years and I love using her. Noted on the back of each card is the medium used to stamp with and the type of wash that was used over top for later reference. I am way to forgetful in my advanced years to remember tomorrow let alone weeks from now what I did.
Starting with your first medium (in this case, GESSO), load your stamp or object by spreading the medium out on a palette. Press your stamp or object into the medium on the palette. Make sure you have complete coverage.
Stamp your board. (You could also paint your board or ink your board before starting and have more results to compare and think about.)
Continue stamping your image onto your boards with your different mediums and let dry. NOTE: Make sure to clean off your stamp or object between each printing for cleaner results. It would also be fun to try NOT cleaning it off to see what happens. There is always another road to travel!!!
Clear Tar Gel is really fun to use for watermarking and faux embossing....
I chose to spray my washes but they can also be brushed on......
Now for the Sepia ink wash trials....wow....that's pretty purple isn't it?
It did (whew)...the purplie pink went away and the russet hues appeared. One last look at the final results...not bad for a quick little experiment and certainly has me thinking about some interesting ways to use some mediums (like the Clear Tar Gel) that I hadn't thought of before.
I created a photo album that has close ups of all the individual pieces and what I used so check it out for a closer look.
NOW....for the CALL FOR ART!! We've worked our way through the first chapter so now it's time for a little reward.
1) It's time for another giveaway. Be sure to make a comment to this post to be eligible. I am going to give away the BUDDA (Where I Find My Peace) that I did in Lab 3.
2) It's also time for and ATC exchange. Here's how to play. Use any technique or techniques in chapter ONE to create 5 ATCs. Send them to me and I will exchange them for 5 in return and will post ALL of them in a photo album here on the blog. Follow these simple instructions:
Send me 5 ATCs (again, using any technique or techniques from Chapter ONE. They must all be originals (no copies) and please use mat board or card board as your base. On the back tell us what you did to get the results you got. The whole purpose of this exchange is to share information with one another and to learn from each others experiments.
Mail them to me:
BEE SHAY 2 GREGLEN AVE PMB 324 NANTUCKET MA 02554 by JUNE 10. I will scan and post all ATCs received on the 11th and send your new ATCs back to you at that time.
Okay...the music has started and it's time to dance....see you soon!