Awash in Water – Take Two

I had an amazing morning in the studio.  Last year I did loads of miniature collages on recycled postcards.  One of those miniatures was entitled, Awash in Blue.  I particularly liked it and decided to use it as an inspiration for a large canvas.  It was a daunting undertaking going from a postcard, roughly 4″x6″, to a 30″ by 40″ canvas but decided to go for it.  I have been working on this canvas since last summer.  Bit by bit I continued to chip away at it.  I have never worked this large so it was slow going for me.  I am also typically a process artist.  I don’t normally start with a preconceived notion of what I am going to do, but rather let the work emerge.  So, this piece was a drastic change of approach for me.  Well, today, for the first time, the canvas actually looks like the original miniature!    You can see the miniature on the lower left corner of the easel.  I am thrilled and amazed and excited.  It is by no means finished, but I am making huge progress and I am eager to keep working towards completion.  I had planned (as always) to take pictures all along the way.  There is even a pink post-it on the top of the easel to remind me.  Well, I forgot to do this but I have posted the couple I took at the start of the project below.  Wahoo!


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Fun with Foam Demonstration

Here is how to have some fun creating art.  I learned this from my daughter who dis it in Chemistry.  I found that it is a well-known technique that is found easily on the web.  But Jen and I didn’t know about it and have found it to be so much fun!  Here’s a step by step approach…

First – the materials

Shaving cream, food coloring or ink, wax paper or a paper plate, and a toothpick or other object to make your design.

1.  Place a blob of shaving cream on your wax paper of plate.  The size will be largely determined by the size of the paper you will be using.  I did a fairly small blob to create a 3×5 index card.

2.  Spread the shaving cream out so you have a nice layer to which you can apply your color and later your paper.

3.  Place drops of food coloring or ink onto the shaving cream.  Food coloring is not archival – I’m hoping that the ink is.

4.  Using the toothpick or other object, swirl the ink until you have made a design with which you are happy.

5.  Place your paper, clean side down, over your design and press gently.

6.  Pull your paper off and gently scrape off the cream.  Paper towels can be used.

7.  Voila – a unique piece of art!