Art Papers From The Kitchen
I was inspired a few weeks ago by Sassa Lynne over at Chittle Chattle when she wrote her tutorial titled Paper Fabric. I love her idea and want to pursue it further. But somehow things go through twists and turns between the spark of an idea that eventually becomes a taking off point for something almost entirely different. I want to thank Sassa for putting this fun thought into my head. I do want to carry this process through to the eventual paper fabric she describes in her tutorial.
But here’s what I’ve done today. I love the challenge of recycling, and hate to throw anything away that could possibly be used for my art, especially for collage. When we buy cheese slices at the deli, the slices are protected in between with deli paper. I kept peeling off the cheese and throwing away the paper until one day I decided to see what I could do with the paper for collage. After all, it’s nice and strong and I like that it’s translucent. I took a stack of the sheets, washed them gently in very soapy warm water, rinsed them, squeezed the water out, carefully straightened them and hung them up to dry. They are such nice papers, and more fun than if I had bought a box of commercial deli paper.
I suspected that enough of the oils would remain in the paper to act somewhat as a resist, and that is what happened. I laid the papers out, wet them with water on a brush (because I couldn’t find my spray bottle!) and dripped different colors of diluted fabric paints and acrylics around on the surface. I would drip color on the first sheet, lay the next one down on top of it, and continue stacking paint and papers. In some cases they had to be blotted on another sheet such as newsprint when I got a little carried away with the color. Then once they were covered I peeled them apart and dried them.
When these dried, I added more layers of paint, then dried them all with a heat gun.
I like the way the wrinkles and residual oils in the papers created texture. Here are just four examples.
These papers are going to be a great addition to my stack!