The Earth Reliant Artist

Trace Willans All Natural Mixed Media

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Teabags and Dye

I have been heating up my jars of stored dye
to help prevent unwanted growths
and in the process I dribbled some on my silicon baking sheet

I also dyed 2 types of linen thread
one is a linen paper

and once the dyes on the sheet were dry I made some 

I am super pleased

with the results

They are supposed to be bases 

for painting on top of

But at this stage I just want to frame them as is

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Tea Bags plus

As a follow on from the post about teabags
I have continued to experiment

These lovelies are done the same except 
in one batch I had not cleaned the silicon sheet
and this gave me some lovely marks 

So I decided to do that deliberately
using avocado ink 
modified with washing soda

some of the marks seen here are
from a little of the ink mixed with egg yolk 
on the silicon sheet itself and
the darker redder ones 
are from the ink dripped in between the layers

I love the end look

But the question is can I paint on them!!!!

Not yet, these two are on the plainer bases
The First two faces for 2020

 221 Vanessa

222 Irene

Both in egg tempera using only bone black, titanium white, indigo blue and yellow ochre. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

What's in the Jars?

Or at least some of them.
For now I will focus on the 
Acacia Rust Gall Fungus
which I found by the bucket load
back in July 2019
I placed some in cold water
and some in Methylated Spirits
and at a later date I cooked some up
Below are the results
on the left side is 
watercolur paper
and on the right

Cold processed in rain water

Hot processed by simmering in filtered tap water

as above with added iron

hot processed then placed in a jar 
and washing soda added

soaked in methylated spirits

as above +iron
 the colours are a browner pink in reality
But at the moment I have serious studio restraints
Think tiny space next to the kitchen sink 
but only after the dishes are done

Some of these i will reduce further to create inks
I am also hoping to make lake pigment 
and then use as either a watercolur paint 
or with egg tempera

The ones in the meths I will add some shellac 
and see if I can get a nice shiny ink