Sunday, May 10, 2009

Painting with paper

I "paint" my images using tiny scraps of hand made papers. Sometimes I will use a vintage image, scan and size it then print it out on quality paper in gray scale ink. Then this image is cut out but not glued to the canvas yet. To color the image the hand made papers are torn in pieces, sometimes no bigger than a parsley flake so I can add shadows and depth. An example of this would be the shadow in the staircase in the first picture.
In the second picture the man and woman sitting at their desks are very small and detailed. The circus tent and sunset in the next two pictures are not as detailed, however there is texture. The easiest paper to work with is mulberry because it layers to blend colors but sometimes other papers will create interesting textures.
I use a gel medium to glue them in place, then trim the image before it is glued to the canvas.

I won the house makeover!

Hi followers! I've been extremely busy with my gardens. First spring in my house and getting surprised daily by finding different flowers and shrubs growing in the yard of this 100 yr old homestead. The BIG news! On Arbor Day I was awarded a check for $20,000 to give my house an exterior makeover from Rohm and Haas (now with DOW) and was given a 6 foot Leyland Cypress from the Arbor Day Foundation. It was a wonderful day and I was front page news in the local paper.

The painters are prepping the roof and siding and I have a carpenter working on the front porch. I ordered wonderful gingerbread that will look like arches between the pillars. I'll be taking lots of photos to share. So happy!!!!!!!!!

Thank you everyone for helping me win this huge prize!