Repurposing Sketches, and When a Background Runs Amok

August 28, 2011

Above: Page spread from a 9 x 12 Fabriano Venezia. Golden Fluid acrylic paint on the background, Pentel Pocket Brush Pen Sketches on other papers, cut out and collaged, along with strips of Japanese paper to contain jouraling text.

We all have them, days when our best laid plans for experimentation don't yield the results for which we'd hoped. Here I used one of those textured wall painting rollers to add paint to the background of this spread. (I rolled the paint out on a sheet of acetate with a smooth brayer and then rolled the textured sponge wall paint roller on the paint to pick it up.)

I could have done any number of things with this spread to tone it down. Glazing with a light wash of yellow to push the yellow back and make the blue even more green might have been useful. Washing with a complementary color of either of the main colors would have neutralized the complement and had a similar effect. Painting out areas with a healthy dose of Titanium white or conversely black could have yielded some interesting "masked" effects and areas of color which popped in a purposeful manner. And so it goes.

Instead, as I was near the end of the journal and anxious to move on, I opted for the solution you see above. It allowed me to keep two sketches I really enjoy. And it reminds me vividly that I don't like that textured sponge roller at this scale as a quick background. If I want to use it again I'll need to put more layers into it.

Oh, and as to serendipity—it's interesting that one of the quotations I wanted to remember and note down was from Tina Fey on "bombing." So Monday I can be back panning for gold.

    • Miss T
    • August 28, 2011

    Roz, I love those dogs. They remind me of a certain little dog I know, when he’s all worked up about something.

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    Roz, I know you’re busy with the state fair and all, so no rush…but when you have a sec, can you tell me how good the Venezia book is at opening flat? One of my pet peeves is having to force a journal to stay open while I work in it. Thanks!

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    Miss T, that’s funny, I can see I was dreaming about Maxwell before I met him. These are some more of those imaginary dogs I was sketching awhile back (something unusual for me, working from imagination).

    I hope you are doing something fun with Maxwell today!

    Great to see you yesterday. Loved your sketches.

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    Arika, opening flat is a relative term. The Venezia is a thick book, and pretty tight, but it opens flat for me without force. It’s difficult to scan because it is so thick (and larger than my scanner) so there is usually a shadow at the gutter. And if I’m photographing it I have to hold the corners of the pages down. I have friends who use a large piece of glass to set on top of the book when they are photographing it. I think it’s probably going to be a situation where you’re going to have to try one and see if it is flat enough on the continuum for your purposes.

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    That sounds good enough for me. I don’t ever scan, b/c when I do share I take photos. I just don’t to be manhandling my book while I work on it. Sounds like this will work just fine. Thanks again!

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    The personalities of both dogs really shine through in your drawings!

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