Abstract on paper – small

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“Sparklers with a fire stick”

Acrylics, inks, gel, metallic effect medium on mixed-media paper.

10 ¾ “ x 7 ½ “

Close ups of texture:

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About the title:

I was going through old dvd’s I have of stored family photos and came across a picture I’d taken when on holiday in the Southern Drakensberg with my family for a long weekend over Easter back in 2008.  We made a fire outside whilst we were braaing (you guys in the UK call it a barbeque).  My son placed a few twigs in the red embers, waited until they were glowing and then began making circular patterns, zigzags and drawing words in the darkness (as we would do with sparklers on Guy Fawkes night back in the day when people were responsible and there was no need for stupid draconian health & safety regulations for everything).   I digress.  Anyway, that moment inspired this painting.  (even though I promised I’d lay off the gilt paper for a bit, couldn’t help myself) 🙂

Abstract on paper – larger -A3 size 2

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“Flight (for Laura)”

Inks (metallic and standard), acrylics, irridescent medium, on 140lb A3 size acid free Acrylic paper  (Oh and I did so cheat, using a Google search for line drawings … wickedness. Laziness. Well it’s Sunday)

Actual size of painting:   14½” x 9¾”

Close ups of texture detail

 

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Thanks for the inspiration, Laura 🙂

Abstract on paper – group

These are experiments with resists (vaseline), inks, layering

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“Hedgerow”

Mixed media paper  – small

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“Coral”

Acrylic paper – A3 size

This one was an experiment using printing technique – so the paint is applied on another surface, then lifted off with waxpaper or foil and then printed onto the paper that I’m using for the composition.

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“Field 2”

Acrylic paper – A3 size

 

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Reworked “Tree”

Mixed media paper – small

Used to look like this:

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Abstract on paper – small

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“Autumn with rocks”

About 10½” x 7½”

Acrylic, gels, paste, caulk, gilt metallic paper (Pebeo), inks on acrylic paper.

I bought me some Pebeo metallic effect papers yesterday ‘cos they were on sale at Hobbycraft!  Of course I didn’t get the gilding paste to go with (duh) … so it’s a bit futile trying to do anything with the metallic paper without the paste.  Necessity being the mother … and all that … I used other sticky stuffs that I have laying around and used that to get the metallic paper to bond to the surface of this little piece.  It still didn’t work out the way I wanted it to … so looks like I’ll have to go and get me some gilding paste (dammit).

I didn’t gesso the acrylic paper before I applied the textural pastes (I used household grout/filler and glue), so the paper buckled somewhat – I did use a lot of paste though to be fair.   I weighted the paper down after a few coats of bonder but it’s still a bit bumpy, which I like.  It was supposed to have texture after all! Otherwise why bother hey?

I like the colours on this one, there is just the tiniest smidgeon of metallic powder blue (ink) splattered here and there. I would like to make this one into a much bigger piece with a more rigid substrate.

Thanks for looking at my work and commenting, I really appreciate it! 🙂 Have a lovely weekend.

Texture detail:

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