Sorry, I haven't posted in awhile. We have had a family medical emergency
taking top priority and most of my time and energy. Yesterday, I did have a little time to spend in my studio. I was comparing a couple brands of paint in regards to viscosity, color, etc.,
when the container tipped over, spilling paint.
Never one to waste paint, I quickly grabbed a couple pieces of cotton fabric to wipe it up, then spritzed some Marabu spray paints here and there.
I really like the subtle nuanced textures created accidentally.
Back in the late 70's while at Cardinal Stritch College in Wisconsin,
I took a very interesting class, where we did a month long unit on creating designs accidentally.
We did a lot of fun experiments using glue, smoke, inks, etc.
Our 'textbook' was Design by Accident by James F. O'Brien.
The book contains a variety of great experiments to use to create interesting designs using everything from adhesives, crayons, enamel, smoke, inks, foil, sprays, shellacs, wax paper, etc.
Below are some pictures of samples made in the class. I was living in a small apartment with an even smaller attic, that I used as my studio. It did not have great ventilation, to say the least. In that attic space I remember using all sorts of toxic, stinky materials to create art.
Now, I take great care to use much safer materials, but still love the accidental designs.
India Ink on wet Bristol Board
The two above are done with rubber cement on poster board with black india ink
The two above are melted crayons on poster board.
This one above was created by using tracing paper with water on poster board and followed up with spray paint. Sorry I can't remember the exact steps as to how each was created exactly
because it was so long ago.
I just remember having great fun discovering serendipitous designs.
These were done by spreading acrylic paint on a piece of posterboard, and then pressing another piece of poster board on top of it. Then you pulled the two cardboards apart from each other, creating the raised paint texture. Then you lightly spray black from one edge to catch the raised ridges.