Tuesday, November 10, 2009


This was a piece of watercolor paper that I had put a band of textured gesso on as a demo. I decided to cover it with the ink. The ink is very blue in appearance on the gesso section. The ink will lift off of the gesso with water but the bleach changes the color to orange which gives both a warm/cool contrast and a blue/orange compliment contrast at the same time. I put two full strength coats of ink on the paper. Today I started playing around with the bleach. I was able to get the layering of values I wanted on the paper but it is too orange. It wouldn't lighten enough. I think I will go back to just one layer. I like how it looks on the gesso area. That area is totally liftable, so I sprayed it with acrylic fixative. Tomorrow I will go back in with some acrylic and see what happens. I put up some detail photos so you can see things more clearly. I was using a stick, a dip pen and all kinds of brushes. I went to Michaels and bought a bag of cheap brushes to use with the bleach. I was also experimenting with all of these ideas on YUPO. It moved around too much on the slippery surface, so I think I will move on. I guess Tyvek is next!


meera said...

what texture! Hoping your bravery will rub off on me as I 'watch' your experiments wide eyed :)

Kathy said...

Interesting effects! You're an alchemist. Love the experiments.

Billie Crain said...

I love to experiment and enjoy seeing others do it as well. This is very imaginative and you achieved some really fantastic effects here. I know you're not in the habit of answering replies but I'm wondering if the gessoed surface would protect the paper(?)from the effects of the bleach.

Myrna said...

Meera, I hope you jump in there and do some experiments of your own. Why let me have all the fun.

Kathy, I appreciate that you find the time to comment on my blog and my work.

Billie, gesso is sealing the paper, so I am going to assume that any bleach on gesso will not affect the paper in any way.

Billie Crain said...

Thank you for taking time to answer, Myrna.:) I may have to try the bleach myself. I love working on gesso so this is good news.

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