This week in the studio I’ve been playing with some pretty cool stuff, crackle shards and a crackle pot (amongst many other things mind you).
I always love those “what if” moments and have often talked about them. This week was full of surprises and “what if” moments and I have to say, I think that’s why I love this medium so much…I still get excited and surprised on a regular basis.
Okay so this is how the progression has taken place. Last week (which I blogged about) I was playing with the new Ironlak alcohol inks and trying all sorts of things with them. I ended up using some new stencils and began painting over the stencils and then using alcohol inks on top of them. Here’s a quick pic to remind you:
I decided to play around with the stencils and some different products. I remembered Judy Belcher had a great “Faux Batik” in one of her books. Would you believe it was sitting on my table as I had just been recommending it to the members of the Aussie/New Zealand Facebook Group. Judy uses alcohol inks to create some gorgeous batik so, inspired by her tutorial, I had a play around. Now mine ended up quite different and quite by accident (I wasn’t originally going for a crackled look) but I went with it anyway and really loved the outcome. I decided to create some very simple shards from the veneers and also played with a few other combinations. So much to explore with this now. This was my very first veneer.
I then played around with a few different colour combinations.
and these are the shards.
I had a play around with incorporating the crackled veneer with a silkscreened vener and just love the combination. I can see more of these in my future that’s for sure.
My next challenge was to create a vessel of some sort (as suggested by Donna Greenberg). I decided not to use these shards as they were sanded on the reverse side so made some little ones. That’s as far as I got with the mosaic style vessel. I played with something a little different and came up with this one:
Hmmmm wonder where my next studio day will take me??
Hope you’re all enjoying luscious studio time yourselves.