I have seen these beautiful pulp paintings online, and wanted to give it a try. These artists create complex paintings– not with acrylics or oils– but with blended paper pulp applied with various tools, including fingertips. It’s so time-consuming, but can look incredible!
Here are some examples….
Wendy Cain– http://www.wendycain.ca/
Meg Black– http://www.megblack.com
Chery Cratty– http://cherycratty.com/
Amazing, right? So my idea was to do a composition of skipping rocks. I associate that with fond childhood memories, and thought it would fit in my body of thesis work nicely if it worked out.
First I made the base sheet by squirting different colored pulp into the mold & deckle with a turkey baster. I was going for the water reflections of the autumn trees and sky.
Then I sat down and started applying little bits of pulp at a time to create the layered ripples.
I was unsure what to think about it. I felt it didn’t look “watery” enough, so I squirted a thin film of white pulp across the whole thing.
After it dried, it didn’t read as realistically as I hoped. I doubt a stranger to the piece would look at it and know what it was. But I’m fond of the abstraction. The “splash” of water didn’t read well at all. I tried gluing a pop-up piece of white and blue paper “spraying” off the page, but that looked even more ridiculous. In a manner of defeat, I tore the top portion off. But check out those colored layers! I love that effect!
I may do more to it later. I’m really unsure at this point. I’ll be thinking of a new idea to give this method another shot. Hmmm…..