Sunday, June 29, 2008

vellum pieces

Commonly, the most interesting work comes from a "mistake" made. My mistake was accidently dropping a sheet of vellum into a sink of water. It kind of drooped and I wondered if I could mould it over a bowl shape. It worked, so I thought I would try something that might work with ATCs. I did an afternoon shift at Mouche Studio Gallery on Friday and it was a slow day so it was a good time to experiment with the vellum. I brought along some tools that I thought might be helpful and the best tool seemed to be a stylus. I created small creases with my fingers and then accentuated these with the stylus by working it against one side of the crease and using my fingers to exert pressure on the other side of the crease. In some instances I placed an object under the vellum and formed the vellum around it. Sometimes the vellum would rip but I just incorporated the tear into the design. As they dried, I had to place a book over them so they wouldn't curl. I like the results. Great texture. Organic looking. I love the way the tool marks are evident on the vellum. I intended for these to be next month's artist trading cards but as they dried, they shrank, and now they are not regulation size! So I will do some more today. Maybe I'll find some new ways to work the surface...

4 comments:

Jo Horswill said...

Serendipitously wonderful...I love them.
They look interestingly tranqil...

Vanessa said...

That's so cool! About 2 weeks ago, I made a similar mistake. I laid some freshly bought colored and patterned vellum on a WET counter! Not wanting them to be a total loss, I let them air dry and saved them...haven't thought of them since! Now I know, I will re-wet the warped pieces and incorporate them into some arts or crafts. Thanks for the great idea! Vanessa

kate said...

Jo...I find them calming too. Maybe it's the organic texture coupled with the white tones.

Vanessa...so glad this sparked an idea for you! I'd like to see what you eventually do with them.

Robyn said...

Amazing effects with the vellum!