As I posted on Friday, I stopped by my local art shop to find they had a nice Spring Sale going on. I wanted to pick up a few things, so the sale was a bonus. Below is a quick photo of the items I purchased on Friday. I used some of these things this weekend and some I did not. Obviously you will be able to see some of these items later on. But do you see those three little bottles in the front? They are the main subject I want to talk about today.
This is an example of rice paper which has been saturated with acrylic ink (yellow, blue and purple). Now Elis Cooke, who writes the blog Into the Bylistic, works magic with metallic powders. When I spoke with her about that, she recommended I give PearlEx brand a try. I have taken her advice and those three little bottles are indeed PearlEx powdered pigments.
I placed a small bit of the pearl powder in a double layered square of cheese cloth and gathered up the corners. While I held the little package by the corners in my left hand, I used my right hand to tap the left hand which was holding the powder package over the paper with saturated with wet ink. Then I hung it up to let it dry. The ink really absorbs into the rice paper, so make sure you have something under it to also absorb the ink. Do you hear an opportunity here?
Here I tried to get a close up shot for you looking across the paper.
But my favorite way to use this powder was to mix it with the acrylic ink.
This is the same blue and purple ink which I poured separately into little cups and added the pearl powder. Then I poured this over the rice paper! Of course the ink melded together and the powder had a mind of it's own and came together in the center of the ink images and melded itself! This is really appealing to me.
So I tested a lot of colors and several methods using these same mediums. You will get to see them, too. So, what do you think I am considering doing with these pieces?
I did not only work with these this weekend. I worked on a painting which has been on my easel, I started another canvas and am preparing a backing for one of the weavings I have been working on. So it was a very successful weekend in the studio. I worked and worked until I just didn't have any more space in there for things to dry!
Did you have a creative weekend?
Have a Wonderful Day!