Abstract Composition Backbones Mask 3 s866, third in my brand-new 4-piece series, has been cut from its original 6" x 6" frame for today's project.
I started with "catch-all" papers -- these are spare papers that "catch" leftover acrylic paints. I create them by wiping my brush on them at the end of a painting session, rather than immediately dunking the brush into water. I do this out of concern for the environment and, in the process, wild and crazy background papers are developed. One of the catch-all papers below was used in today's step-by-step project.
Having spread these papers, I placed each of my new masks onto its own separate background.
Abstract Composition Backbones Mask 3 s866 appears in the top of the photo below--
|Above top: s866. Middle: s864. Bottom: s867.|
The photo below shows two compositions in progress; using a sponge brayer loaded with heavy-body acrylic pale-green paint, I've coated both papers while holding the masks in place to keep them from slipping. (Prints of this kind can also be made on a Gelli plate; the plate method will create a smoother, slicker surface than what's achieved with a sponge brayer.)
Above: The top mask has been lifted; the bottom mask, Abstract Composition Backbones Mask 3 s866, is visible in the paper's center, waiting to be lifted.
The close-up below shows the central area after this mask has been lifted.....
|Above: a close-up of the starter-print. The next photo shows the full-sized sheet.|
After the paint dried, I brought out Gelatos and Art Crayons. The sponge brayer had created a lovely tactile surface across the paper, a surface that has "tooth" and feels slightly rough to the touch. It's a surface that works well with soft crayons, allowing me to rub color deep into the "bumpy" texture --
The close-up above shows the use of a cotton swab to rub Gelato color into small areas that the mask's print had created.
Above: the finished artwork. Notice the background areas where the original "catch-all" paper is still showing hints of its wild and crazy colors!
Note: Abstract Composition Backbones Mask 2 s865 -- also cut free from its 6" x 6" frame -- appeared earlier in this post, being used to make a print. It turned out that this original print needed very little addition to become ready for matting. That addiction was a blue squiggle made with Golden High Flow acrylic. The matted piece is below. Notice how a playful line tangles around the original print and gives a visual "stretch" to what started as a 6" x 6" image. Following this view of the entire piece: a detail-photo showing a close-up of one area....
Abstract Composition Backbones Masks 1, 2, 3 and 4 look like this --