I decided to paint the rest of the foam core today. Here it is, sitting drying on a piece of baking parchment.
As you can see from these photos and most of the others in this blog, my main painting surface is the floor of my studio. There is a perfectly good table for this purpose, but it is usually too full of other stuff like cutting mats, rulers, pens, pins, needles… you get the picture. So the floor is the next best thing. And so it will remain, no doubt, until my knees give out altogether.
When I was thinking of painting these this afternoon, I was looking idly at the piece of plastic I had used to protect the carpet while I was painting the foamcore, and realised that it was a pretty good work of art in itself! Or part of one, at least.
So I decided to use some painted fabric as a dropsheet instead, and have the serendipitous marks of the black paint on that. I wouldn’t try and control it but just try and forget it was there. (A bit difficult, actually – I still think the plastic came out better but you can be the judge of that). When I had finished painting the foamcore I still had a bit of paint left, only a smidgeon, but I decided to do some printing with the printing blocks I made with funfoam a couple of months ago. Ulp, not a couple of months ago, it was February!! Crumbs… where does the time go?
Here is the ‘dropcloth’ together with some printing on it:
I originally painted this fabric back in 2005 and I have used a lot of it as backgrounds or backing fabric as it is quite stiff – it was painted with acrylics on polycotton fabric. This was the first time I had printed on top of it.
I still had a bit of black paint left in the palette so I grabbed some painted lutradur and got stamping away….
I haven’t used lutradur in any finished work yet but I really like the effect of this and the potential for layering because it is semi transparent.
I also grabbed a bit of yellow painted fabric and some pelmet vilene cut into postcard sized rectangles which I first painted during the online Personal Symbols course I did with Susan Sorrell last year – nothing was safe from the black attack!
I really like layering paint and dyes – I think it gives such a feeling of depth and interest. No doubt these pieces will crop up in my future work when I decide where they will fit. But for this afternoon – I had fun!