Back in the Studio
The past week or so has been busy, mostly with a lot of online marketing and blogging and networking and scanning and listing new art in my Etsy shops, and computer cleanup — everything but getting out into the studio. I don’t know whether I was just procrastinating about straightening up out there, or whether I was legitimately busy.
But today it just called to me in the right way, so I turned all the lights on and cleaned up a little. I sorted a bunch of collage papers into a more logical order, and as I was looking at my old freezer-paper table cover, I suddenly decided to cut it up into collage papers . . .
. . . and then tape down a brand new pristine cover. I had to piece the paper, because I’m running out. But it will still work great.
The wonderful thing about making a table cover out of freezer paper (shiny side up) is that you can drip, glop, and smear it with paint all you want, and then you can scrape or peel it off if it builds up too much. Or you can just leave the smears in place for at least a year, and you’ll have some pretty interesting paint skins, material for collage papers or, at the very least, inspiration for new art.
If you do decide to cover your table with freezer paper, tape it snugly all around any edges so it won’t tear when you’re working on it. Mine lasted for well over a year and would have lasted longer than that. I just decided I liked it for art and so I cut it up and started over.
These are the six panels I’ve started. Interesting that I’m not yet ready for them to be anything other than white and gray and brown. Influenced the the winter weather much?
After I get a nice first paint application on these today, I’ll make some space to work on some collage. I have some new papers and that always inspires me to get to work on something new.