Jacqueline Sullivan is a wonderful teacher -- I've taken a couple of different lasses with her before and she's always been very thorough. Her Artiscape class didn't disappoint.
Titled Watermedia Sampler, it was similar to Barbara Close's in terms of painting background pages and using a variety of techniques to affect the final product.
One of the differences, though, is that rather than using watercolor, she had us prepare a highly diluted acrylic, using water and tube-acrylics. They are mixed in small water bottles with sports caps on them.
Then the fun begins -- using a cookie sheet, you wet your paper, squirt color on the page.
Then you add another -- generally up to three. Let them bleed or run together.
We did eight pages -- seven of which used this technique. On each of those pages (using 300 watercolor paper as the substrate) we used a variety of "add-ons": kosher salt, sand, a mixture of the two, powders, charcoal and pastels scraped into a fine powder using a razor blade, alcohol, lace paper, Rit dye.
On the eighth sheet, we made a design in Tar Gel. Later we painted the area around this design and using a gold or copper foil (similar to Jones-Tones), we ironed over the tar gel, leaving the metallic. (The page below has Rit Dye and gold powder.)
After that we made a book with samples of each page.
Well, some of the folks made a book. I was stumped with the binding and I didn't finish mine in class, but here it is now!
I have to say I had a great deal of fun in this class, although I think they overfilled it considering the size of the room. (I thought that about Barbara Close's class as well. This conference needs larger workspaces for the type of work we were doing.)
That said, I will most definitely do this technique again and look forward to using the papers I made. There are lots of applications for the "final pieces" -- backgrounds for mixed media collage, tags, cards, and even as accent pieces.
Just work in an area where you can make a big mess and have lots of room to dry your stuff! (A hotel room wasn't quite the spot!)
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