after struggling with the sticky stuff for last Wednesday's masking tape samples
I was encouraged to try again thanks to the lovely comments and suggestions
of my readers, in particular Mary Anne and (Mr/Mrs) Anonymous
and the inspiring samples my sister Evelyn produced
rather than paint a background in only one colour
Evelyn used the masking tape technique over some printed / stencilled pieces
so ... inspired by this ... I dug out a couple of mine to try again
this is my print ...
and I've coloured in areas with mica to create a more solid background
(Mr/Mrs) Anonymous's tip of de-tacking the tape was a great one
(duh ... why didn't I think of that!)
I stuck the tape a few times on my white t shirt to remove some of the sticky
then loosely stuck the tape on my print in random "x" patterns
then lightly sponged white paint over so I could still see the print coming through ...
my sister suggested that I don't leave the tape on too long
so I gave it a quick zap with the heat gun and then peeled off the tape
to reveal this more abstract kind of subtle effect
some close ups ...
this is what I did with the bits I peeled off ...
I created a mini collage with vintage dressmaking pattern pieces
and bits from a 1960s magazine and painted round them with mica
the I stuck the peely bits down on top in more "x" patterns
bits of the tape lifted off magazine text (reversed) which was interesting
and to finish I added silver foil
one more sample below ...
(I'm glad I took photos of the original prints
because this moment in art gets lost otherwise)
so again, I dug out an earlier print and added mica and acrylics
stuck the masking tape down in random "x" patterns
and this time sponged on the white paint more thickly this time
I used my heat gun to help it along a bit
and then peeled off the masking tape to reveal the "x" patterns
so thank you for helping me with your suggestions my dear readers ...
I now feel happier for persevering and creating these samples
back in my comfort zone ... I created this little moment in art
using an old photo that I have in my collection and recently gathered treasure
seaweed with barnacles and blue string from Marazion
shells from St. Ives and an oyster shell from The Coastguard in Mousehole
(all sweet memories with my man)
the words come from a childhood poem ...
when I was down beside the sea
a wooden spade they gave to me
to dig the sandy shore
my holes were hollow like a cup
in every hole the sea came up
till it could hold no more
I'm pleased to say I have finally decided on my focus for St. Ives Textiles
I'm going with pebbles and other beach finds for our theme of "Cornwall"
and have a wealth of ideas I'd like to pursue
this will naturally mean visits to all my favourite local beaches
and I hope you might enjoy glimpses along the way ...
will be exhibiting at Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West, St. Ives
during the St. Ives September Festival
(9 - 16 September 2017)
I will be back on Wednesday with crackle paste samples
for week 5 of The Surface Treatment Workshop
thanks again for reading and for your kind encouragement