Patti Edmon Altered Attic: Backgrounds and then some...

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!!

7 comments:

Heavens2Betsy said...

These textured pieces you create are fantastic - such depth. I love their story too. penny

A Magical Whimsy said...

Hi, Patti
I think I've seen some of this type of altered background on some you tube video tutorials. It is amazing what beautiful results happen with a little bit of imagination and hard work. I am truly amazed at artists who find new ways to make backgrounds so vibrant and alive.
Thank you for posting the photos for this lovely art medium.
Teresa in California

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

The textures are to die for...and Seth knows a good thing when he sees them! Happy Halloween! Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Since I am a background buff, I was totally impressed with your backgrounds you made. These are awesome and I really like them all. I especially like the idea of flicking a toothbrush, something I always forget to do at the end.

Hope you had a trickless Halloween. Happy belated!

Lynn said...

How to turn a fun mess into beautiful art! That's what I'd call this process! Makes me want to go jump into the fray and do something like it.

Karin Bartimole said...

really gorgeous surfaces Patti! so glad you're getting your hands dirty with those beautiful layers :) xoxo K

Seth said...

The textures (and colors) are really out of this world!

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