Last week several of us got together for our Diva Day. We just played with paint, paper, & a serious supply of plastic wrap.
There are times when playing is the only thing that starts the juices rolling, and this was one of those times. Since we only get together once a month, talking is mostly what we do. But we did play, each in our own way.
The process we played with is to cover the paper with paint, and put plastic wrap over the top. Twist and pull, leave a pattern on the paper, then leave it alone and let it dry. The darker the paint the more intense the pattern. If it dries to light, do it over with a darker color. Or do it a second time to allow for more layers of pattern. There isn’t any right or wrong way to do this!
When the plastic wrap is dry, and it’s pulled off, start looking for images in the dried pattern. Again, anything goes. Whatever you see, either outline it, and paint around it, or just paint around it. That is called “Negative Space Painting.” The idea is to blend out the paint you are using for outlining. Keep it wet, and work it until you have defined images on the paper.
This will be totally different for some, and easy for others. It took me forever to wrap my head around this method, but it’s fun, and pushes your brain to thinking creatively.
Here are a couple of examples of Negative Space painting…..
I hope you have fun trying this, if it doesn’t work the first time, try it again…..OR, use watercolor, or acrylic ink and pour the paint over the paper. Remember to use watercolor paper, and if pouring a color is what you like don’t forget to wet your paper first. Both mediums will work. Watercolor will take longer to dry, and has it’s challenges. Acrylic dries faster, so keeping it open might be a challenge for some.
Thanks for checking in, and trying something new.
I found this demo on YouTube, and if you want to check out more of Betty’s art, go to Betty Frank Krause/Betty Krause Art. There is so much really easy information here. Some of us might know all about it, but some will find it helpful.
Everytime I watch something, or take a class, I find there is always something I’d forgotten, or didn’t know at all. Always I walk away with something helpful. I hope you do the same.
Again Betty is all about art, different kinds of art, and if you look at her website, you are sure to find something you can use.
One thing I can tell you for sure…I get bored easily. Most of the artists I know, create in many different ways. We all love to try something new. New colors, new paper, new techniques and the list goes on and on. A few weeks ago my critique group decided we’d do a together project and see what turns out. We decided to paint purses. So off we all went to find a purse we each felt was worthy of painting. I choose canvas, others choose leather, some genuine PVC.
While I was struggling with what to put on my canvas/dacron purse, a small leather travel purse called my name at the top of the shelf in my bedroom closet. It was used one time, I’ve had it for twenty plus years, and I paid a fortune for it in the Cedros District of Solana Beach. A trendy part of Southern California you only shop at if you feel like spending lots of money. I wanted something I could travel with that was small enough to eliminate a regular handbag with all the stuff we carry in it. The purse was so small that I couldn’t get sunglasses into it.
Perfect Guinea Pig for an art project!
Why not paint something on this little purse? After all I never use it, and it’s been up there for twenty or so years.
So for some reason it seemed right to paint a dragon-fly on it, and well… flowers seemed right too! It’s the first purse I’ve ever painted, and as you can see it won’t be the last!
Now that the small purse is finished, I’m working on an abstract design for the canvas bag. I wanted it a little wonky because, well I’m a little wonky and my style is a little wonky. It all fits don’t you think?
The colors will come next, and who knows what they will be? I just know that I have red, orange, and gold gesso to work with and anything else I’ll just have to work out with what I have.
Wish me luck. Painting on a black surface like this is tricky, and it takes a lot of gesso and a love of wonky!
When I ran into this video I realized this man was starting with one medium, and working into that medium with another medium. Confusing? He works in both directions, and it was interesting to me. I love mixing the mediums…paper, watercolor, acrylic, clay etc. On top of all that if it fits, I can use oils for the frosting on the proverbial cake!
Take a look, and with any luck at all you will finish with some interesting ideas.
I actually got a couple of things out of this little video. You know how things get forgotten over time? Well, This was just a little reminder about a few hacks I’d totally set aside and forgotten.
Robin Clonts is a cute young painter with ideas, take a look. Maybe you can get something out of this video too!