What an awful title for this post… sorry but that’s all I’ve got for you right now. It’s late here and titles aren’t going to be produced from this mind anytime soon. The point is, here’s the finished piece. Surprisingly, this took me much longer to make than I expected. Here was the process:
– Take a sheet of Rives BFK and handpaint the turmeric ink on it. With this one, I wanted to put only a slight amount of water. So I used a squirt bottle and sprayed light amounts of water in certain spots. I use the word “handpaint” because I literally put gloves on and painted it on with my fingers. There was a certain airy look I wanted and I knew I’d only get it this way. Plus, I felt a little distanced from my pieces with a brush. Don’t know what that change is about, but that’s what’s going on.
– Make the drawing. I drew the little shapes in pencil and was careful to not smear the turmeric anymore. It isn’t set on there, and there are still pretty big chunks of the spice…
– Make the cutouts… BFK is awful to cut through. I don’t know why I do this to myself. I had to take two trips to the hot springs out here to get the pain out of my arm….
– Make the drawings on a second sheet of rice paper that align with the BFK cutouts. Then cut those little guys out…
-Add the final layer of BFK on the back.
Lately I’ve been experimenting with some new ideas. Well really, these are ideas that have been brewing in my brain for some time and need to just get out. So, here they are, out in the open, and looking for a direction to go in. These little triangle guys are a particular favorite of mine but I’m not sure where I want it to go. I’ve covered them in wax, burnt them and here they are dyed with ink. I’ve dyed them with turmeric which I love, but I’m not sure if I like the wax. They look so much more delicate and like coral which is the inspiration.
I’m doing a show at Hat Rac Gallery in Oakland in a bit and am thinking of doing an installation with these little guys. They won’t be little, of course. They have this great front window that has so much space and light that I have to go crazy with whatever I put there. Looks like a lot of cutting in the future… This little white situation here is a kind of collage. It’s a rice paper cutout on top of BFK paper. I like keeping the pencil lines in there. Even though I won’t be using this piece for anything, I just wanted to try it out. I would love to be able to use a press to roll it through and make an even, clean pressing.