Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Layer 7/100

I've put multiple layers on paintings many times, and often more than the seven layers I have on my current work in progress.

The difference is that in this case I've elected to participate informally in a 100layersofpaint challenge that I learned about from an online artist friend.

I don't even know what the guidelines of the challenge are, nor who's sponsoring it. Right now I'm just adding some kind of layer each day.

Already, even with just these few layers, I've swung back and forth more than once between liking and not liking.

What I do consistently like, though, is the mindset I'm noticing. I feel more open to experimentation than usual, more exploratory.

Today's additions: stamped letters/numbers, acrylic skin, more red dots.

Layer 7.

layer 7/100

Do I love those stamped letters and numbers? Totally. Yes, yes, yes.

Collaging a few strips of a clear acrylic skin, with its embedded black fabric-ink lines, was also especially fun. Ahead of time I thought to myself, Why go to the trouble of collaging this film, why not just draw some black lines directly? Because, I discovered, the lines offer up something different from what I'd ever think to draw in context. Love 'em.

sample acrylic skin with fabric-ink scribbles


6 comments:

  1. First thanks for the link... quite interesting technique. Love the stencil additions. I absolutely LOVE that little character near the e 8 R , top left. I don't usually like to associate representations to abstract, my dialog is usually one of more eye pleasure, but he is so cute and has survived several layers. When I finish the writing course I am going to try this layering thing.... if I do 10 layers I will certainly pat myself on the back.

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    1. Hi Carol. Thanks for your comments. This was a fun layer to do. The letter and number stamps harken back to my kids' early years—it was a little tricky to use them with paint and not ink pads, but fun nonetheless. And something about using the acrylic skin was VERY satisfying. I've been watching that little character for awhile now, too!

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  2. Hmm: interesting, this acrilyc sckin. Don't have the time/energy to explore it now, but who knows later. I stil LOVE your experiment!

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    1. thanks, Simone, so grateful for your encouragement!

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  3. REALLLY liking this. and I like that little guy too. Sort of a Casper the friendly ghost. LOL Love the stamping, the lines, really loving the softness mixed with details. :)

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    1. Thanks, Sheila. I was thinking of the ghost as Casper as well! Love your feedback re the softness mixed with details. I think that's what it appealing to me here, too.

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