Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Ink, Bleach and Rust

I've been playing around with inks and bleach again.

I mainly use deep canvasses, unfortunately the way I've taken the photographs makes them look very distorted.
This one is scrim and lace glued on with PVA and covered with Dragons Breath ink.



A layer of Iron Gall ink was then added.


Regular readers will know that way back in March of this year I blogged about using these two inks together when I discovered that if you layer them up and add a coating of Acrylic Wax you get this effect:
Which I then made into this- 'Once in a house on fire':
You can read the rest of the post which explains exactly what I did by clicking here.

This time I decided not to use Acrylic Wax but used Metallic Effects paint and a rust activator instead.
And here is the result:



Pat from Altering Thoughts sent me some lovely pieces of lace recently and the canvas below shows how I used some of this along with scrim.
I used white household emulsion paint to adhere these pieces to the canvas. I then mixed Black writing ink with Turquoise writing ink and layered it over the top. Bleach was poured into the centre only and allowed to run out to the edges in places. Pewter Treasure Gold was rubbed on the high spots of the lace then I finished it off with a layer of Acrylic Wax.

Even though I have already coated this canvas with Acrylic Wax I don't think it is quite finished yet. I'll leave it for a while before I decide what to do with it.

This last one is not very exciting at all, but I thought I would still explain how I did it.
I used a thick cotton thread to stitch through the plain canvas. I then applied a layer of Golden Pumice Gel Medium and when this was dry I covered the whole canvas with PVA and scrim.
I then painted different colours of calligraphy ink on, covered with black writing ink and sprayed bleach on in places.



This one will definitely go in the discarded pile. Even if I apply gesso over the top ready for re-painting, I think the cotton thread I used is far too heavy for a canvas this size.

28 comments:

Homeleightigger said...

WOW Lynda! It's the metallic softness and blending of colours that seem to make them work, as well as all the lovely textures - and that is the only difference in the last one, that is for the 'bin'! The shine and bright colours don't seem to go - but it is still a gorgeous piece of art. Val

Waltraud said...

These are wonderful results!

Doreen G said...

I can't find fault with any of it Linda but then I never could with any of your work.

Carol said...

So lovely, so inspirational as usual. i especially like the second piece with the pretty lace at the top.

Barbara B. said...

I admire you. There is fantastische work. Love of greetings Barbara

Julie said...

Wow! indeed. What a change in the lace and scrim one when you added the rust activator and metallic effects paint. It looks so different. The lace that Pat sent you is gorgeous and I love the colours of this piece. I have not come across Acrylic Wax so I shall have to look for this and explore.

Anonymous said...

What is rust activator?

Pat said...

Can I have my lace back please???
Only kidding, what you have done with it so far is stunning. I also like the rust effects.

neki desu said...

Great work! love the rusts.
i'd like to experiment with dragon's breath & iron gall inks on a weaving. where do you get them?

neki desu

Dianne said...

Lynda, I absolutely love those lace and scrim pieces!! I'm going to have to try that one - they have turned out so beautifully!!!

Debbi Baker said...

Lynda, As always - very inspiring. I have tagged your blog today - I hope that is OK with you but I just love your blog and your art!

Susan said...

Hi!
Although I don't recognize a single ink by the names you've listed, I think the idea behind these pieces has infiltrated my mind with dozens of future experiments.
Thanks!
Susan

Gina said...

I love all the effects you've got here, especially the rusts! And as for dragon's breath ink... the name alone is inspiring. Is it a type of ink or the name of a colour? Not come across it before.

Jacquelines blog said...

Wow, didn't look for one evening on you're blog and look at this!!!! They are stunning!!!!!

Susan D said...

WOW you have been busy. I love the effect a bit like something that has been left out in the open to rust at least that's what I think.

Micki said...

You just keep amazing us with these great pieces. I love the one you did using the lace from Pat.

Carol said...

As always stunning pieces love the rust activator, must dig mine out now,

Alis said...

I always love what you do Linda, but these are so gorgeous. That lace looks fantastic.

Hugs, Alis

Emmy said...

I love the things you make it is al so wonderful

Sue B said...

It's all fantastic Lynda!

Angelcat said...

These are just so gorgeous, Lynda!

MargaretR said...

Well what can I say Lynda. Your work is wonderful as usual and I also love the one you say you are going to discard. please don't bin it!

Judy Rys said...

These pieces are fantastic. Very inspiring.

ominnimo said...

Thank you for sharing. The results look great. No wonder Pat wants her lace back, the piece looks fantastic.
Moira.

Dot said...

I haven't visited your blog for a while Lynda but am glad I did today! I love reading abut your tecnhiques and seeing step by step photos. I love every piece of art of yours I have seen.

Carol said...

Wow! Stunning colours and textures Lynda, you have been having fun.

Debbi Baker said...

Hi Lynda - I know you are very busy and it is all about blogging without obligation but I wanted to let you know I have PM withdrawal symptoms! So long without a daily fix... seriously though, I hope you are enjoying yourself and getting lots done! Really just wanted to say hi I guess!

Jade Graham said...

I've been playing around with inks and bleach again. acrylic lace pool deck