I spent all day yesterday bookkeeping in preparation for today’s meeting with my CPA.
Except for about a half hour or so in the morning, when I got my paint on.
Yep, even with an under-the-gun deadline, I stuck with my commitment. My latest experiments involve odd-shaped assemblages of canvases of different sizes and depths, as the photo above.
Next up: combining paper (my more familiar medium) with canvases.
I’ve experimented with sewing and collaging translucent vellum (see example at right), but I’m curious what will happen when I use acrylic mediums on heavier stocks, the kinds of papers I’m used to working on for calligraphic broadsides.
The goal: no framing!
Will I be forced to use toxic sprays to fix the surface? Or will I find the results satisfying if I cover the assemblages with liquid mediums?
These are the questions that keep me up at night, though so far I’ve yet to conduct the actual experiments.
Yes, I know – it’s enough to keep one on the edge of one’s seat!
Meanwhile, tomorrow I’m going to have to stack up all the partially-done mini-canvases scattered across my drafting table so I can package up the ketubot waiting to ship to their eagerly-waiting brides and grooms. Fantasies of a studio with a large, dedicated “play surface” are making me drool, but I’ll need a much larger internet empire before I can make that a reality.
Ah, well. Back to work.
PS – Walnut Ink Info
A pingback from Marie at Through Purgatory about my Walnut Ink made me realize that some of my invisible audience may be interested in where they can get some of their own.
Walnut Ink is especially wonderful because it’s extremely water soluble, which also adds certain challenges, but allows for amazing effects not available with other media.
Although you can get it pre-mixed in a jar, I prefer the dry crystals. The color is richer, and depending on how much water you use you can achieve anything from a very dark brown to the palest of washes.
I’ve only ever seen Walnut Ink at calligraphy supply stores. Here’s a link to one of my favorite shops, Paper & Ink Arts, which carries Walnut Ink.