Here’s a work-in-progress shot of a page in my current art journal (which was made with one sheet of paper). Rain and overcast skies yesterday and today reignited my love of grungy, moody, smoky, watercolor/watersoluble graphite layers.
When used on top of acrylic grounds and mediums (which I have let dry before applying wet media), watercolors take on a whole new textural life. I’m using Golden extra heavy gel and some DAP Patch-N-Paint from the hardware store that I’ve mixed with Collage Pauge for better adhesion. Patch-N-Paint is a lot cheaper than an acrylic molding paste, so I don’t feel like I have to be precious about slapping it on the page. It’s surprisingly velvety and doesn’t shrink as much when the glue is added.
For more experimentation, you can alter the consistency of the paste by how much glue you add, and, just like any other acrylic medium, you can tint it with inks and paints, or add sand and fibers. Apply it with a palette knife or a course bristle brush as-is, or, incorporate a stencil.
Infinite options! Go forth and spackle!
Art Journal 5.1. To be fair, I’m not entirely sure what volume of art journal I’m on––probably 6 or 7 at this point, but since I left off at 4, I’ll start new at 5. As I work on a new posting schedule, this “cataloging” system will change, but anyway…
Those funky dots were created by dropping denatured alcohol onto a thin layer of wet acrylic paint on a lightly gessoed surface. I used Golden fluid acrylic in I think phthalo green (blue shade). The alcohol will push away/resist the acrylic and leave you with a halo effect. You can see a similar technique here.
The mottled purple at the top of the page is watercolor bleedthrough from the other side. Sometimes, using cheap paper in my journals comes back to bite me and alters a page I was otherwise happy with. Sometimes, I get unexpected added details that I otherwise could not have created.
A new look and a new name! Welcome to my revamped site! A lot has changed since March when I last posted, and I think it’s time for my page to reflect and embrace those changes––my style, my attitude, my hair, my priorities, perspectives, and knowledge… out with the old, and in with the new!
Here’s the gist of what’s going on:
I am a 2015 Kaempfer Summer Grant recipient! I’m working on an extension of my final Bio Art project that combines botanical and anatomical illustrations to create new forms through collage. I’m planning on making the final body of work be interdisciplinary––exploring paintings and drawings of my initial collage studies. Below is one of 9 collages in my final project’s series, which I presented as digital prints.
The grant’s conditions require that I exhibit my work on campus in the fall, as well as give a gallery talk with the other grant winners. I’m excited to have a showcase of my work and to expand my breadth and quality in my portfolio.
I also plan on making prints of some of my work, which will be available for sale at a date TBD (probably in the form of a Society6 page).
Also, I’m the new programming director for Bowdoin College/Brunswick’s radio station, WBOR. You should know this for two reasons: 1) I am really, REALLY excited about it and 2) It means more music/mixtapes/twitter updates. I am confident that a good playlist makes all of the difference in your art making.
Given these recent additions to my life, it’s important that I give everything in my life a similar level of commitment. I’m trying to live up to my accountability, and that includes fulfilling my responsibility to you, Dear Reader. And while this blog’s primary purpose is as an exhibition space for my work and exploration, I recognize the need to cater its content to meet the needs/wants of my visitors.
So let me know what you think. About anything. Leave a comment below or send me an email!