This last weekend I taught a Painted Papers class in Colorado Springs for the Summit Scribes.
This group is a slice of heaven. A cheerful, willing, generous, brave and lovely group of women that are a treat to be around. We threw paint around for two days and came up with some wonderful papers.
One of the techniques is something I came up with a number of years ago while flinging things around in my studio. I discovered that dish soap makes a very cool resist, and works well in contrast with sumi ink. The sumi is moved around the page with a feather, which keeps it from smearing the dishsoap. Afterwards the page is painted with a wash of phthalo blue acrylic paint. This is the second half of the sheet I used.
While I love doing this and the results are dramatic and pretty, it is a little chaotic. The next part is finding the hidden surprise in this page. I liked the white lines and decided to keep most of them.
I cut a hand stencil just because I love hands and consider them to be symbolic of creativity.
When I got to this point, I saw a flying muse blessing my hand. I filled her in.
Right now I am attempting to complete an online class with Brené Brown. It is called “The Gifts of Imperfection“. I am learning a lot, especially about how much I long for some kind of divine help, and need to find it in myself. So, this must be me blessing me.
I call what I am doing here “Taming Chaos”. Find a crazy page and look for the story it is telling you. It is a treasure hunt, an exercise in color, story, texture, depth and adventure, and it is danged fun!