Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Physicality

I love the physicality that comes into play when painting—the physical properties of opacity, transparency, viscosity, saturation, pliability, and so forth in paint, as well as the physicality of motion, resistance, flow, touch, smell, sight, and sound as my body engages in the process.

My new favorite material is food wrap.



I love lifting paint with it and using it as semitransparent collage. I got the idea to try printing typography on it.

Ha! My printer, governed by the laws of physics, said, Not happenin'.

Oh.

Happily, I was able to physically remove the resulting mess from my printer, handwrite my own gosh-darned 'typography,' and get on with things.

I collaged a piece of food wrap with its hand-lettered poetry to my painting, brayered on a layer of paint, and that was it for fireworks in my studio today.

Happy 4th of July!

work in progress;
working title: Making Messy #4

8 comments:

  1. Glad you got your printer going... I ruined one way back then with bad ink! Love your typography and I think better that printed stuff anyway. I love food wrap too!! Going to use on my new Gelli pad when I get to it. Now I notice a tunnel in the doughnut.... was that there? Now wonder where that goes?

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    1. Carol, glad I got my printer right back in gear, too; I knew I was taking a risk! The food wrap is very appealing in weight, wrinkliness, and translucency, don't you think? A fun find.

      Where does that tunnel in the donut lead? To my next adventure!

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  2. physicality! yes! plastic wrap - amazing! I use it to create textured backgrounds, letting the paint dry behind it all scrunched up. But using it in a printer? MAD GENIUS! Even if it didn't work out perfectly. I can't wait to see where this is going!

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    1. Oh, I'm realizing I didn't make the food wrap's physical properties completely clear (pun acknowledged but not intended!)—it's PAPER sandwich wrap. I don't think I'd ever even think to put plastic wrap through a printer. But thanks for the reminder of uses for plastic wrap in painting : )

      In any case, happy to perhaps grow into the Mad Genius descriptor!

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  3. I love the physicality indeed. I am not sure if it is sold so much here. I think Jane Davies also talked about it. Am going to try and find it here!

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    1. The food wrap is also called sandwich paper here—it's heavier/thicker than tissue paper, lighter/thinner than butcher paper. Let me know if you're able to find it.

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  4. So did it melt? Or just not accept the ink? Thought I might find something on Youtube, but no luck. I agree though that your hand- written elements are better than anything printed by a machine. :)

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    1. The food wrap is no more than thin paper. I hit the print command, and when I got to the printer I discovered (a) my intended typography printed on the regular sheet of copy paper that had been next in queue in the paper tray and (b) the sandwich paper jammed inside the printer. No melting. With great good fortune I was able to extract the jammed sandwich paper. And on I went with my hand-written stuff instead.

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