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Exquisite Corpse with Wet Paint

October 21, 2016


Above: An 18 x 30 inch acrylic painting I made on Stonehenge white. I began with a series of sketches and thumbnails. I blew elements up and composed them into place. I then drew my sketch with the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and painted with Daniel Smith Acrylics, using large filberts—about 1- and 2-inches wide. 

At the end of September I was in Wet Paint picking up some supplies and I was asked if I had signed up for their Exquisite Corpse project. 

An Exquisite Corpse is when the figure is divided into 4 parts and participants draw the different parts and then things are shuffled together to create composite figures.

I said no I wasn't signed up. After a bit of discussion I signed up to do "Feet." That made everyone happy because there weren't enough folks signed up to do feet and by doing feet I got away from doing upper legs (the section which includes HANDS).

We were given the sheet of paper and asked to fill the whole sheet with color and background. We could depict humans, animals, mythological creatures…whatever we wanted.

Above, you can see that I went with the Blue-Footed Boobie. An underwater view meant I could fill the background quickly and simply. And that gave me time to include myself of course! I've always wanted to go swimming with sea birds but avoid the sharks! Cross that off my bucket list.

You can see the way the project organizer Kristina Kjellman put together the various pieces that came in on Wet Paint's Facebook page. Or you can see the artworks in person at Wet Paint on Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. when they will have an opening for the project. Or view them in person today as they hang in the windows!

    • Sharon Nolfi
    • October 22, 2016

    I love the concept and your painting. Are you saying you used acrylic paint on Stonehenge paper? I didn’t know the paper could work for acrylics.

  1. Reply

    Yes Sharon, you can use Stonehenge for acrylics! Have some fun.

    Stonehenge was originally made to compete with printing papers like Rives BFK and fine drawing papers. And it does take letterpress printing, screen printing, and etching really well, and it’s fantastic to draw on it.

    But it is also possible to paint on it, and to use a lot of mixed media on it.

    If you look at this post you’ll see some heavy duty application of different stuff on it as well as some issues I have with the paper when in book form.

    As single sheets I continue to use this all the time, and if I’m doing a drawing or ink class and making a book I’ll often use this paper for that project.

    You can find posts on Stonehenge my using that word in the category search.

    Stonehenge Kraft is one of my favorites for painting on with gouache—however it cracks when folded with the grain and makes that color in the line unsuitable for binding book structures which rely on folded sheets. There are posts about that too on the blog.

    The main thing is to experiment with ways to lessen your water usage when working on this paper.

    Often when I work on this paper I make very light washes of watercolor or gouache like shown in this example

    Hope that helps.

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