Wednesday, February 22, 2012

SHARP RIGHT TURN!

THE CLAN #8 on YUPO

THE CLAN #8 (STAMPED & PAINTED ON YUPO)

It seems I keep going back and forth between fairly representational and stylized.  Here is the gang of four (ooooooooh, maybe a new title!)  simplified and patternized.  I have done this once before and liked the effect but hated the drawing.  This time I worked on the drawing until I was satisfied with it. Initially, I covered the YUPO with clear contact paper, which took a lot of work to get it perfectly smooth without any bubbles.  Then I took a marker and drew the image on the contact paper.  Using a box cutter, I cut out one of the shapes to be stamped.  Naturally, I wound up cutting into the paper but I figured that wouldn't show much when the paint went on.  The problem with this approach was that the thickness of the contact paper prevented the stamp from making good contact with the paper near the edge.  Ugh!!!!!!  after struggling with a number of shapes, I decided to pull the contact paper off, turn the paper over and start again.   I then cut a sheet of tracing paper the size of the painting, made the drawing and taped it to the sliding glass door.  I put the YUPO over the drawing and copied the lines onto the paper.  I cut up and taped down each shape from the tracing paper pattern, leaving exposed the shape I wanted to stamp.  I think the ink pad was getting low on ink, as I didn't get the strong black I was hoping for.  Anyway, after this tedious process was over the paper looked like the first image.  Painting goes fairly fast but I kept fiddling with the value pattern.   The ink repels the paint creating some interesting effects.  Still not totally happy with the results but learning a lot along the way.  I started the contact paper process earlier in the week but wound up starting over and completing the whole thing in an afternoon and evening on Sunday.  I am going to try something less complicated next time!



7 comments:

CrimsonLeaves said...

I think this is fabulous, Myrna! I've never been a fan of abstract art, but this is just gorgeous. I am wondering how you transferred the image you drew on the tracing paper to the Yupo? I read what you said but isn't the Yupo opaque? If you drew the image on the transfer paper and taped it on the sliding door, I am trying to figure out how this transfer happened? Not being a wiseacre, really. I've read of this method in books as well and I never could figure it out!

Michelle Himes said...

I'm enjoying this series, Myrna. This one is fun. It's like a puzzle, and I enjoyed "finding" the faces.

Jane ferguson said...

Love this one guess it was worth the effort.

Myrna Wacknov said...

Here is how to do it! You outline with bold black marker on the tracing paper and tape it to a window. This acts like a light box. Position your watercolor paper, YUPO or whatever over the drawing. The light from the window makes it possible to see the drawing through the paper! Copy the lines and you are ready to go. I like a sliding glass door because it is big enough to accommodate a full sheet or larger piece of paper. Let me know how it works for you.

Joyfulartist said...

Your explaination was very clear but it sounded like a complicated process. Who would have thought that the contact paper would be too thick? Sometimes stamping ink doesn't dry very well and smears, yours didn't seem to. How did you get it to dry?

Myrna Wacknov said...

The ink was fairly dried out! I think I need a new pad. I placed the tracing paper pattern back over the stamped area to do the next shape and thispickedup the extra ink, soon smearing.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Aha! So I was wrong about the opacity of the paper then. This thinking of the paper as being too thick and opaque to see through was why I never tried this method and could never figure out how other artists did this! Thank you for explaining, Myrna. A great help!!

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