Monday, January 25, 2010

Not a Knot

This shows a portion of a 12"x12" acrylic painted acid-free tissue paper. Since my scanner doesn't accommodate a 12"x12" paper, I really much photograph the entire 12"x12" painting to get the full effect.
Layering the paints, stamping and stencils lets my mind run free...seeing all the possibilities in subjects and themes.
All these painted papers are inspired by techniques taught by Anne Bagby
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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Pillars of Thought

12"x12" acrylic paints layered and stamped on acid free tissue paper. This is another example of the 'pretty painted papers' that resulted from working with techniques taught by artist Anne Bagby
After randomly applying layers of acrylic paint (beginning with opaque then adding transparent), a design or theme will appear. Letting the paper tell me what it wants to say (or be) gets me "off the hook" in deciding its subject. With the addition of a few final touches here and there, the paper is finished.
The only decision I must make now is how to properly display the finished piece. Will it be attached to a stretched canvas or clayboard? Will it be floated on gatorboard and framed under glass? Will it be matted as a watercolor? Will it be finished with a gel medium or varnish? So many options!
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

paper painting processes

These are two rubber stamps being carved for making "pretty painted papers". Using the stamps to apply acrylic paints in layer upon layer results in unusual designs. More painted paper images will be posted soon.
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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Fabled in Verse

After taking some time away from plein air painting, I was looking for a different "something" to do during the Winter. My friend, Sandra, had attended a painted paper workshop taught by Anne Bagby (see her website at

Sandra and I spent two days experimenting with the wonderful ideas that come with painting on different types of tissue paper. The entire process is hard to I'd suggest you visit Anne's website to see the exciting things she does with paint and paper.

Beginning with a 12"x12" paper, layers of paint, stamping, stenciling, etc are applied. The paper can be turned until a theme or object becomes clear.
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