I heart stained glass (throwback all the way to my student days with this faux stained glass piece that I made in 2009 and blogged about in 2014 - funny how my interests haven't changed that much - unicorn, bird, figure, patterns, and a red - blue - green color scheme.) I enjoyed these, but they weren't super stable, and I was drawing on engravers ornament and woodcuts for the patterns and designs without knowing much about them. I didn't forget, but it's been a long path learning about each element. If I were to make something similar now, I like to think I'd do it better...
|I felt like a witch stirring brew while mixing |
these big vats of color pulp
I wanted to embed black tracery like elements in the paper, so I cut out shapes (like black paper snowflakes), then placed them in the pulp with some methyl cellulose on them to be extra sure they'd bond with the pulp
|cutouts on the interfacing|
|cutouts with wet pulp over them|
|paper with cutouts drying|
|After testing it on small sheets, I went for a big sheet and added|
color pulp in select areas with a syringe
I also continued work on the life-scale fox. I scanned the small fox from last week and transferred it onto polyester plates. I could have printed these onto paper and called it a day, but instead I transferred them onto an MDF block to carve at scale (the tail will be a separate block, like the head). I want to try this because if I were to attempts, say, a horse, I'm trying to figure out how best to go about it...
|Polyester plates on top of the block with Jr. helpfully establishing scale.|
|polyester plates printed on the block - the photos also show how the head could be printed in mirror image to have a fox turning in addition to looking forward.|
|favorite flowers of the week!|
|and a particularly good and colorful batch of rainbow cookies this week|
(inspired by the flowers and rainbow color pulp :) ).