Thursday, November 5, 2009

foil print fun


This is an artwork on cartridge paper, using black gesso, watersoluble crayons, black ink and black Pitt Artist pen. I completed the artwork, but it is actually a failed attempt at a new technique. My friend (Helen) and I decided to try a technique from Mary Todd Beam's book "The Creative Edge"... but we made a booboo and it didn't turn out the way it was meant to. But if you are making any art at all, it is not a failure, so we carried on and had fun with what we had anyway!!


The first stage was to brayer black gesso onto aluminium foil.


It needed to be a fairly thick layer. Then you needed to wait for it to partly dry.



This was where the booboo happened! You had to wait for the shine to dull to know when it was ready. But we waited too long and it dried too much.



Then we turned the foil over onto our cartridge paper and using a pencil, and shapes, and sticks, and the side of a ruler, we drew loose shapes and patterns onto the back of the foil.




You can see that we ended up with lots of tears in the foil because we had to scratch the heck out of it to get anything to transfer over to the paper!





When I peeled off the foil it looked like this... it was meant to be covered in heavy and light black lines and shapes all over the page. So my result is very sparse. But like I said, bad art is still making art, so we made the most of what we had.



Nervous that I would lose what black gesso I did have on the page, I sprayed with fixative first to preserve all I could. Then I leapt in with watersoluble crayons and coloured and washed to my heart's content. The finishing touches were stamping the word "icarus" and then the feathers, and decorating more with black Pitt Artist pen.

14 comments:

Tammy Freiborg said...

You've just created a twist/option to the technique! I love how it turned out! And now you can always start and compare the outcomes.

kiwicarole said...

If you hadn't told me I would never known this is not how you intended it to look! Wow it certainly has plenty of potential! :)

Amanda said...

Ooooh this looks like it was so much fun to make! I love the dark lines and the colors and how your finished page looks!! THanks for taking pics as you completed it so we could all see!!

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

Great boo-boo! I think this looks lively and fun!

Annie said...

This is such a lovely piece! Who cares about the mistake. Beautiful.

Elizabeth Golden said...

Ooh I really like this. Sometimes less is more. I think you proved that here.
My first art teacher told us there are no mistakes only opportunities. Interesting technique. Please post if you do some more.

Margaret said...

Awesome Leanne, I secretly hope you make more mistakes! this is fab! Thanks for the tutorial, now I just wish I'd bought the black Gesso at the art shop when I had the chance! I could imagine it would work with another product, really interesting effect and one to try. M

The Gypsy said...

Very striking, I love it. What a wonderful failed attempt! Please fails some more LOL

gypsy said...

I love art experiments, and this turned out unique and funky. I've been into black gesso this week, as a background for journaling. ~ Tammy

iHanna said...

Thanks for still sharing, I think your page looks great, kind of aged and beautiful. I want to try this out!

Shelley Malone said...

This is SO COOL!! Thanks for posting the step-by-step photos. I have to say that I love how it turned out, even though it wasn't what you intended.

Joella said...

Wow! Love this one too:)

purplepaint said...

Oh I love your blog! I've been wanting to start journaling I just haven't had time, but yours are just fabulous!!! Marva

Marcia said...

looks awesome! I love it. My husband's email address/screen handle is iccarus, I think you inspired me to create an artwork for him.