|Paper made with textures from objects around the home|
Last week, an artist friend of mine, Win Ratz invited me to make paper with her as she was preparing for an upcoming workshop. I had never made paper before and looked forward to a fun day experimenting with a new medium. The morning working with Win was just the right kick my brain needed to get the wheels moving creatively. She showed me how to use purchased, recycled paper materials as well as dried plants, a blender and a box with a screen lining to make beautiful art objects of paper. Once the paper was set, yet not dry, we played with all kinds of choices of "junk store purchases and around the house objects" to create textures in the paper. Win also showed me the process of coloring the paper and layering colors before the paper sets up to dry. While the colored paper was still damp I used some pastel sticks to pump up areas with more color. What a fun morning and just what I needed get my artist brain to working!!!
The lucky folks that have signed up for her papermaking workshop in Taos in October are in for a treat! You can find some of Win's work on her web page or blog at, http://www.winratzart.com/ or at http://www.winratzart.blogspot.com/. Not only does she create art from her paper designs but she also creates beautiful watercolor paintings and enamel works of art.
The three images in this post are the works of art I made at Win's house. Win thanks, for a fun morning and the encouragement of thinking in new ways to create art! You have definitely inspired me to create more paper art!!! My days are still erratic, I am not fully back to where I want to be but I am moving in the right direction!
|Paper made with texture from lace and embossed leather|
|Layers of colored paper with pastel on top|