Books Full of Prints

I used up most of the pages I painted last week by filling this notebook with extended prints and collages. I was planning on using the cover I had made a few months ago but the holes were off.  So it ended up being the plain cover on the left. If I have time, I will cover that notebook too. Just have to decide with what. I would like to do a bit of paint pouring on a cover but not sure I have time.

Here are a few of the page spreads. The hardest part is putting them in an order that works with the color on the back of the previous page. I just realized that all of these are tree related but I promise there are other collages and prints that aren’t about trees.

And this is the cover of my larger notebook. This page actually started as a 12″ x 12″ sheet and it needed trimming. I just trimmed where I liked the composition. Then when I was finished with it, I realized it was the exact size to fit correctly on this notebook. I like it when a plan comes together 😉


Painting Pages

I have created quite a few collages and extended prints. Now I need to put them into a notebook for presentation. I thought I had a 9″ x 9″ notebook that was new but I couldn’t find it anywhere. I searched and searched. I thought I might have lost my mind. But no, I put it with a pile of other notebooks but there are so many piles of stuff in my studio room that it took a while to remember which pile it was in. But thank goodness, I had one. Yay! So today I spent most of the day painting background pages. I had a bunch already painted but the holes are off and don’t fit into the same size notebook. That really irritates me but I don’t like the unevenness that it creates. So I figured out what colors I needed and then painted pages. Hopefully, the pages will work with the collages. It’s harder to paint the exact color that you need. It’s easier to choose from a selection of already painted papers.

Here’s some of the ones that I painted today. There are a bunch more but the photo was blurry. I paint both sides of the paper so it takes a while for these to dry.

Here’s one of my collages. What do you think? Do you like the purple background or the yellow and orange background? I usually try out 3-4 different color backgrounds for each collage before I choose.

And last but not least, here is the Picasso head from last week. I decided to stick with monochromatic so did different values of blue. I’m sure that the orange or multi color would have been more exciting. I still might add some more color.

Thanks for stopping by and have a nice weekend.



Freezer Paper Resists and Stencils

Part of my homework is to use freezer paper to make resists and stencils and then create a piece on paper with them. I have done several and this one I was thinking of waves when I cut out the design.

I applied the resist to blue paper and then painted white over the top. But then when it was dry, I could only see one thing in it and it wasn’t waves.

It was a “Picasso” head. Left side with a nose and the right side with a big open mouth. Hair on top, shoulders on the bottom. I think this might have been because I was doing some research on lino cut prints and I had looked at several by Picasso. So I decided to do a take on a Picasso lino cut. But I didn’t want to cut the stamp as I was only planning on using it once. So I decided I would make freezer paper stencils to achieve a similar effect.

Here’s the design I came up with. You can see the head underneath the pencil drawing. Now to cut the stencil. Because I have had some issues with bigger freezer paper stencils either tearing or getting wrinkled up as I ironed them to the surface, I decided to make this in several stencils instead of just one.

So I made four separate stencils which I could apply one at a time and hopefully it would create a cleaner print. Now I am deciding what paint colors to stencil. I had originally thought I would use dark blue for all the stencils. But then I thought maybe orange hair would be fun. But then I can’t decide if other parts should be different colors too. I think I need to go back and take a further look at the colors in Picasso’s lino cut prints. How many colors did he use? What color combinations? What would you suggest?


More Collage

I’m still working on collages, prints, stencils and combining all of them together.

Here’s one that I did today. I am calling it Falling Squares.

Here’s the last leaf. It’s created from all stamped papers.

This one is Tree Mosaic.

You might remember that I made this design for one of our Felting and Fiber Studio challenges based on the Japanese Edo period.

And this is a print embellished with markers. I have to start working on how these will be presented in a notebook. I need to get some sketchbook pages painted to go with these.

Collages with Prints and Stencils

After my print session, I now have tons of papers to use for collages and I’m trying to come up with different ways to use them. Putting all printed papers together presents somewhat of a challenge. Some of the collages I’m making are just made with printed papers and others include other papers from my stash. It’s a bit of a mess when I have it all spread out on the table making decision on what to use and what not to use. But it’s fun. My least favorite part of making a collage is gluing it down.

This one combines a variety of printed papers and other painting techniques. I think this looks better in person but the camera is having a hard time with the pinks and reds in this one. Plus the light is pretty dull at the moment.

Here’s another leaf/tree theme. All of these papers were printed first and then combined.

If you were getting tired of trees, here’s a very graphic one that is screen printed background, leaves are stamped and the water lily is a stencil. It turned out to be a very graphic style that isn’t my usual but I like the results.

This one started out as total disaster. The center design was stamped on bright yellow paper and was quite ugly. The stamping wasn’t all that good and lots of yellow was showing through. The stamp was solid without any of the center cut outs. So I cut the entire design out of the yellow background leaving some of the yellow edges. Then I cut out the center designs and colored the edges where the yellow was showing through. I did try it out on a totally different background but then I found this one and it was perfect. The background has multiple layers of paint, glazes etc. and I think it started as a screen printed piece of paper. I really like the result of this and if I had tried to get this result, I’m sure I wouldn’t have gone about it this way. That is nice about those uglier prints, you don’t feel the pressure of preserving a “good” print so cutting it up and doing all different techniques to it is just an experiment as you have nothing to lose because it’s so ugly to start with. Not sure why I feel so insecure about those “precious” pieces that I really like. I’m always worried that I’ll ruin them. Do you feel that way too? Perhaps if I just decided they were all ugly to start with I would be more adventurous.