The Earth Reliant Artist

Trace Willans All Natural Mixed Media

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Making Plaster Books

I am making small plaster books
Mostly because it is fun
But also to use up some of my stuff
and there is the possibility of a pop up 
in the near future
I have a dwindling collection
of what I call matt board
It is wastage from a framers
I have had it more than 15 years

I cut it into ~10 x 10cm squares
and join them with strips of cloth
glued with rabbit skin glue

These are then wrapped 
in plaster bandage

and then I gesso
with rabbitskin glue and whiting gesso

several times
for a beautiful finish
but still with a little texture

and then it occurred to me
what if I just skipped the plaster step
and just glued
an open weave cotton fabric
to the matt board?
and then gessoed that

We shall see

and next I shall paint
and maybe add some found words

x te

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Experiments with Alternate Grounds

I live a long way from shops
and I do a lot via the internet
and the postal service
But I really like to find alternatives
to do things myself
so as I have to buy whiting
a form of calcium carbonate used to make
traditional gesso
I thought I might have a play 
with alternatives

The first two samples
are cuttlefish bone ground in a mortar and pestle
this is mixed with rabbit skin glue

* glue mix

this is chicken bones 
that were loose in the fire overnight
in the morning they were a lovely soft white
crushed in a mortar and pestle
top with rabbitskin glue on fabric
below with the glue mix*

The next two samples 
are made with shell nacre
I found if I heat it with the blow torch 
it separates and becomes very brittle
and easy to break up
it is then crushed in a mortar and pestle
again the top is rabbitskin glue on fabric
and below is Glue mix

This is cuttlefish and rabbitskin glue
which has then been printed with egg yolk
and then dipped in Purple Carrot
and Bloodroot, both dissolved in methylated spirit

the glue used through out to stick down the pieces
is skim milk powder and water

*Glue mix consists of equal parts 
white sugar and white flour
mixed with water
Normally this would be cooked
But I did not do that 
this time

I will repeat this experiment
but next time
I will use my studio spice grinder 
for a finer result
I also now have a darker bone powder
made by enclosing the bones in a tin
and therefore excluding the air
before placing in the fire

and questions
or feedback
please leave a comment

x te

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Testing Marks More Experiments

All of these samples are on cotton fabric
which had been previously 
painted/stained/marked with 
Xanthorrhoea Resin in methylated spirits
You could substitute Shellac
they were then gessoed
(rabbit skin Glue and whiting)
on one side only
each was marked as noted
under the image
and then dipped in methylated spirit
to see how it reacted

bought rice paste + white pigment
dipped while wet

Rice paste + white pigment dried

Rembrant Brand soft pastel

White Conte Crayon

White Charcoal

Schminke Soft Pastel

Art Spectrum Soft Pastel

Rice paste + Copper Pigment Dry

Rice paste + Copper Pigment Wet

Rice paste + Terre Vert Pigment Wet

Rice paste + Terre Vert Pigment Dry

This was the rice paste I used here
I will most likely also
try using home made rice paste
maybe also wheat paste.
who knows
the permutations are fascinating
and endless

or maybe that is just me

Any questions
please ask

x te