Today, I give you a handful of blown up details of a work in progress.
And that’s all.
Above is a closeup of what’s happening with one of the pieces I posted last weekend. Below is another work in progress. It’s another of the two foot square panels.
Yep. That’s what I’ve got going on.
My attitude seems to slowly be turning around about this whole making art thing, I still don’t have any to show today but at least I started working on something again. Lots of good advice was offered for getting out of this rut and it is all slowly starting to shift things around. After being re-reminded that a great place to begin is with playing with the materials, and after spending some time on one of my favorite website resources, Thistothat.com, I started doing some glue tests. I’ve never tried to glue paper to fabric, and ultimately I was looking for something the would adhere well, remain flexible, and not wrinkle the paper. Two of the websites major recommendations were unavailable, one being from Japan (fair enough), and the other was the one and only product completely sold out at Home Depot (really?) so some blind substitution guesses were made.
First up, a German glue called Uhu Twist and Stick. It was a liquid so my hopes were limited, but it *said* it could glue paper to fabric and it got good online reviews so…complete failure. Wrinkles and curling. Next.
On the plus side, there was good adhesion and no wrinkling, on the other hand it’s messy and there is some color rubbing in the center that I suspect is related to the alcohol (?) in the glue. I also tied some gold size just because I had it lying around but it gave more or less the same results as the first glue. In the end it seems some combination of the stick and the rubber cement are the way to go. This was also my first evening going back upstairs to the studio instead of trying to work in my very comfy, but very small bedroom, so my favorite part of this process was being able to get up and not clean anything up.
Here’s a quick sketch from this week. I like working on this matboard. It has a great almost spongey density and a fine toothy texture. I think this particular board is 4-ply Alpharag which is made by Bainbridge. I made those vertical strips by incising parallel lines in the matboard with a knife, tearing out a layer or two of paper from between them and then rubbing soot into the fuzzy texture of the torn board with the backside of a spoon. The soot I collected by holding the spoon over a candle flame. Isn’t that how they used to collect the pigment to make Lamp Black paint? So romantic. I mention these things because they interest me, aka I’m a materials and process whore. I was considering just how true that is last night while leafing through an art supply catalog fantasizing aloud about finding exciting new materials that would inevitably lead my work in fabulous, new directions. My friend told me I had “Gear Acquisition Syndrome” or GAS, a condition from which he himself suffers. I think a more accurate term in my case would be “Supply Acquisition Syndrome” or SAS. Anyone else in the same boat? I’m not alone here, am I?