I’ve been lacking in inspiration and drive recently so this workshop came at the right time. Messing around with a group of like-minded people, using products we all own but aren’t sure what to do with, seemed like it would be fun and it was. Note: You will see from my samples I’m currently in a ‘brown’ mood!
Liz has many skills and teaches a variety of workshops. In a few weeks I’ll be doing some bookmaking with her but yesterday was all about experimentation, exploring the effects of layering products, wiping back, adding more, adding resists, buffing surfaces and creating textures. As I love bookmaking I’m interested in making fabulous unique covers for my books so was eager to see how Liz integrates lots of both physical and colour layers to result in abstract unified designs.
We started by looking at what effects can be produced on kitchen foil using gesso, oil sticks, boot polish, shellac and other colouring agents. Powders and mediums were mixed and brushed on, cloths were used to buff and blend.
The colours I used adhered to the foil and knocked back the brilliance of the silver. Crumpling enables colour to be pushed into the crevasses or lightly applied to the peaks.
Using a base of crumpled yellow Unryu paper I added some gesso, various oil based and water mixed products. Good start but hated the white gesso resist area. I added some washi paper and tissue over the surface then continued to build up colour layers adding high/low lights where appropriate. I decided I liked the crumple effect and stayed with it.
This piece isn’t finished yet as the collaged leaf and elephant paper strip need more integration with the base.
I like the idea of applying more thin paper layers over the surface and then further colour layers. The collage pieces then disappear into the overall piece and unify better.
We also played with a bit of image transfer using block printing inks.
So what’s next? Well I have a textural background semi-prepared (below) and am going to colour the foil before adding more layers. However, this time I’m staying away from the shellac which gives the golden surface and trying for something completely different.