the Elegant Mess
(ancient Greek): meaning "deeds done" or "actions done"
There are two parts to this mindset. I will actually
present to the second one first as it is the shortest:
2) These images are small non-representational
rectangles on an A-2 size note card I've had printed up.
The border nicely brackets the small artsy swatch of trimmed
decorated paper. After all, "Simplicity is the
heart of elegance."
1) The short course as part 1:
For the most part, these images were created by simply
spraying and dropping and misting and various spray dyes
(color chart for Adirondack
Color Washes) on very lightweight Oriental papers and
letting them dry. Then other paints - mainly Luminarte's H2O's
- are dripped and slung and splotched on the dried
papers. Depending on the paper and the media involved,
you could also use something like rock or kosher salt to
create interesting textures (sample 3), as well as textural
rubber stamp patterns (sample 4).
After all that dries, the papers are ironed flat and cut to
fit the small border you see. One could also assemble various
leftover pieces into an assemblage (samples 4 and 12).
There are other techniques, but the main idea is to do a small
format piece and let it catch the eye. Virtually any piece of
decorated paper can be used in this matted manner.
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