My new Favorite Technique!
I'm always more than a little hesitant to call something new because I'm sure somewhere on this earth someone has done this before. However, I'll qualify by saying, this is new for me. These little prints are made with water soluable printers ink and hand carved stamps. I love water soluable ink because it's so easy to clean up, but you can't re-wet the ink or it can run. To solve this problem, I sprayed the prints with acrylic sealer and then painted with fluid acrylics. I was amazed and delighted to find that the printers ink, under the sealer, acted as a resist to the thinned out fluid acrylic. It reminded me of painting with watercolour over top of wax crayons. The prints, once sealed, could be glued onto painted wood and protected with archival gloss varnish. I'm so happy not to have to frame them! Now that I've developed this technique with these little 4 by 4 inch prints, I plan to try it with something larger! I'm hoping to have more time in August. Most of July was taken up with learning to drive a school bus. I'm hoping that this will be the perfect part-time job. It will make me get up early, but still leave me lots of time to do my art and provide a little much needed cash for art supplies. I really quite like the idea of bouncing around in a big yellow bus. It may even provide some artistic inspiration. You never know!
© Laurel Martin 2010