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Last week during the Crowborough retreats,
we were walking the brayer through acrylic paint,
and rolling off any excess paint onto a sheet of copy paper.
And I said I’d blog the scrap!
The first thing is to stare at the scrap until it speaks to you.
This could take a while....
Do you see what I see?
Squint. It always helps.
Out with the Tall Trees stamp.
Pick a perfect spot and stamp using black Archival ink.
Now for a little cosmetic work.
The first thing to do is neutralise the tree trunks,
so that the background isn’t running through them.
The white Spectrum Noir pencil will do this.
In other words, white out the trunks.
Then add in colour with other pencils: red, blue, yellow - all the colours in the background actually.
Now let’s sort out the treetops.
First white out some of the red stripes,
i.e. paint which runs through all the trees.
Then lightly add shade to add perspective.
Now the trees are set behind each other.
Cut the paper back, leaving the landscape to stretch out
beyond the stamped image.
Add a little pencil shadow to the outside of the frame,
bottom and left.
The white copy paper was too bright, so I took a brush which had a little yellow Butterscotch already on it
and brushed around the edges.
Found a sheet of really nice handmade A4 water-colour paper
and spray-mounted the copy paper piece to its centre.
Rolled a brayer over it to eliminate any air bubbles.
Mounting it this way gives it plenty of stability
and a feel of top quality.
Signed it lightly with a pencil.
Nobody would ever know it started out life
as a sheet of rolled paint scrap.
So NOW do you see what I saw?
There’s something very rewarding about making something from nothing. From a paper scrap.
I love it.
It’s going on the wall in the stairwell,
in my gallery!
love and hugs,