Saturday, January 22, 2011

. . . deconstructed some screens

Nope, sorry, these aren't the results. My camera's batteries are dead, and since I have $3 to last me until next payday, I had to rethink my priorities and batteries didn't make the cut.

(I wonder why I picked this picture to show. . . blah.)

It is so much fun. . . deconstruction of anything is always fun. I used some old printing ink and print paste that I had mixed up a long time ago, and it really wasn't that good, but I got the idea of what to do. So I just finished playing the mad scientist in the kitchen with the blender (that will not be making any magaritas anytime soon because I had to use the good one because the one for the studio shot craps) and made up good clean batches.

You know how when you move, you pitch stuff that you think you will never need again and swear that you will never accumulate that much junk again in your life? That's what I did with all my extraneous plastic covered bowls, you know the kind, from butter or yogurt or deli meat. I had nothing to but my dyes into when they were blended. My kids' plastic drinking cups now will never touch human lips again.

And of course all my dyes are packed away somewhere and I can't find them. So I had to mprovise, since new dyes didn't make the budget either. I used some of the old thickened dye and combined it with the new print paste and made colors that way. I also used some of the used print paste, and it made a beautiful shade of copper. I hope art doesn't suffer from frugality. As if frugality is the only thing that would make my art suffer. Talent helps.

Next week, I believe the budget will allow for batteries, so I will show you all what I've come up with. I'm trying to figure a way to utilize this technique in my paintings. A good thing about moving is that I have rediscovered a huge amount of good stuff to make impression on the screens, as well as using them to create texture in my paintings. I'm off to have a wonderful art-filled weekend while it snows some more, again.


Seth said...

These photos just speak to me!

Teri said...

When you talk about screens are you talking about something like a silk screen or? I know what you mean about moving and losing stuff, either because you throw it away or you put it in a place that you think you will remember and then don't. We have just listed our house and it is so frustrating. I totally understand what you went through now. Tuck things away, throw other things away, try and make the place appealing, all the while hoping beyond hope that someone will like our house and make an offer. I hate this process.

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Well am I curious! I have n.o. idea what you are talking about, but I think it sounds very interesting!

Jann Gougeon said...

Love these! The texture inspires me.

Jann Gougeon said...

looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

ArtPropelled said...

I'm with Leslie....No idea what you're talking about but I love all of these images and I'm intrigued to see the next stage. What I do know is ...thickened dyes combined with printing paste gives a wonderful effect!

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