Monday, September 27, 2010
Sand and water
I've been trying different fish prints on different papers to see how they work. I can't reveal the whole piece as I want to keep it as part of the final exhibition, but you can see enough here to understand the technique and what I'm trying to achieve.
This is a peek at a long narrow piece with bluegills printed on watercolour paper in raw sienna ink. I then flooded the paper with watercolour that enhanced the natural colours of the fish and while it was wet, I sprinkled fine sand over the lower surface.
The sand doesn't absorb pigment and water as salt grains would, but disperses it evenly giving a soft effect to the piece. The sand does stick to the paper and adds texture, but I'll need to rub it off before framing or it will have its own little beach behind glass!