tap, tap, tap, etc.
That's me making this work. Wouldn't you like to be my studio neighbor? (I did some work with tacks similar to this years back when I lived in an artists' building, and my neighbor was ready to tear her hair out - or maybe it was my hair she was after. Luckily I'm now in a work-only building.)
Note: Click on the images to enlarge them.
|Bandeau Green, wax-based assemblage on joined birch panels, 24"H x 42"W x 1.75"D|
These works are part of the continuing Running Stitch Series that I showed you earlier this month. They are composed of materials such as book covers cut in strips, pieces of treated metal, dipped book pages, rubber, various textural pieces and painted matboard cut into strips. After I attach these materials to the birch panels with tacks (thus the tap, tap, tap), I paint encaustic between and over the strips. I fuse the encaustic with a heated tool (a shoe) as the final step in the process.
|Bandito, 24" x 24" x 1.75", on one birch panel|
|Closeup of Bandito|
And, finally, breaking out of the green mode, I've moved on to red.
|Untitled Red, diptych 24"H x 42"W x 1.75"D (a less than perfect photo)|
|A side view of the piece showing more surface texture|
|Closeup of completed red piece. Can you identify the rounded rectangle shapes?|
As I said above, the final step in making this work is to add the encaustic paint on top after all the construction is done. In the image below, I show you the difference between a panel with and a panel without the final coat.
|The narrower panel on the left has the final coat of dark red encaustic added, the right panel does not. This shows how the final coat unifies the elements of the construction. (This is much more visible when you click to enlarge.)|
And finally, here is an image of some of the painted matboard I used. I first painted this (archival) matboard with Evans Encaustic burnt sienna Holy Grail and then painted on a coat of red and/or orange encaustic. I fused it with a heat gun and let it cool before cutting it into strips. The pinkish-brownish strips in this photo were made from matboard painted with a grainy ink, let dry and then overpainted with very thin pink encaustic. (I am going to write a rave review a little later about Evans Encaustic holy grail encaustic gesso now available in colors. It is fabulous!)
|Painted matboard pieces|