This is how it begins. A blank canvas, an idea in my head, and some scraps of coloured or printed tissue paper.
To start with something more balanced than random, I arrange the initial colours by corner, corner and opposite side.
Then I fill in the empty spaces with incredibly random bits and pieces. Overlapping creates different colours and lots of wrinkles. Because this is a stretched canvas the paper is brought around to cover all the edges.
It’s drying balanced on one corner on my easel so it doesn’t end up stuck to the desk.
Now I’ve added texture paste with a little pallet knife and stencils. My idea was “circles” but I don’t think you could have guessed that yet. Unless you’re psychic.
This is where the process gets away on me and I forget to take photos. I used W’s coffee cup (hey, I don’t want paint on MINE) by dipping the rim in different colours of acrylic paint and stamping circles. They didn’t show up very well, so I glued some circular pieces of yellow tissue paper on some of them. And stamped some small black circles in ink, and spritzed some spots with ink spray.
What the heck did I add here? It looks like the same photo. But I know after this I used the coffee cup rim again, this time with white paint and went nuts with the circles. I also used W’s shot glass to make small white circles to tie the big ones together. He’s away, he’ll never know. This is now your coffee table after a party without coasters.
To prove I went outside today, here is the finished circle picture sprayed with matte varnish and drying in the sun.
I forgot to mention a few more ink spritzes and white splatter with a toothbrush. Taadaa!
And finally,SIDEWAYS because there is no wrong way to look at this thing, and a beautiful quote for even more inspiration. Happy Friday.
“Drinking the energy of the universe
Breathing along with the Cosmos
With each breath
I am reborn
Into a brand new existence.”
― Ilchi Lee, Songs of Enlightenment