Patti Edmon Altered Attic: October 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Backgrounds and then some...

I was fortunate to be featured on Seth Apter's latest edition of The Pulse. If you haven't been there yet, check out the amazing variety of artists on The Altered Page, now talking about their favorite tools and/or techniques. I could spend entire days wandering around the blogs he has graciously shared over the months - such fabulous art!

My favorite part of the creative process is diving into, or on I should say, a white surface and it just so happens I've been working on backgrounds for the past several weeks.

I grab as much 'stuff' as I can scavenge in my studio (not difficult!!), like coffee cup wrappers, gift wrap, tape, sewing patterns, corrugated paper, wholey paper (of course - a must on every piece - available at my pal Saluda Jane's Random Arts!) glass bits, punchinella, whatever.

Then, along with molding gel and several other textured media, begin the layering process. And layering and layering...

then grabbing sponges, bottle caps and a spray bottle and commencing with five, sometimes ten paints over the substrate, and that's if the basic color theme doesn't 'evolve' as it usually does.

Sometimes even when I'm happy with the direction I can't restrain myself and spread (more) gesso on stamps or flick it with a toothbrush... I always end up covered and can trace the history of every piece by looking at my hands, arms and painting clothes! Yay! Thanks again, Seth, you are truly amazing.

Happy Halloween All!!


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