The Earth Reliant Artist

Trace Willans All Natural Mixed Media

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Misty Faces

I have limited space currently 
so I am still exploring 
working on tea bags
I recently put up a new experiment 
and was asked about process

It begins with a tea bag
dried with side edges removed
on a silicon baking sheet

I draw a face with sumi e ink

this particular one
this time

I apply white egg tempera
(egg yolk, mixed with titanium dioxide white powdered pigment}

and end up with 2 faces
they are left to dry
the one on the left has been flipped over 
so the image is now facing down

I apply traditional gesso to the tea bag

then a piece of paper
which also has gesso applied
then another tea bag and another layer of gesso

so the sandwich consists of 2 tea bags and 1 paper filler 
and 3 layers of traditional gesso
they are then left to dry completely
before carefully peeling them off the baking sheet
I do not use silicon baking paper as you
 end up with a very wrinkly result

The flipped image 

The unflipped image is a lot mistier

This is after beeswax has been applied

flipped image

unflipped image

 is available in my Etsy Shop
and this is the original 

If you have any questions please leave a comment



KL Black said...

Egg white tempura: Is this just egg white mixed with gouche white paint? Thanks KL Black

Trace Willans said...

No that is white, egg tempera. Which is egg yolk mixed with titanium dioxide white pigment. Though gouache would probably work

Madison Woods said...

Your art is so interesting and unique. Do you think you would have discovered doing this if it weren't for your space constraints? So often, limitations lead to wonderful discoveries. I loved seeing your process. Thanks for sharing!

Trace Willans said...

Hi Madison, I do think the constraints are certainly helping with my focus as I am also limiting materials, size, and trying to make it more about foraging or found supplies. I like to keep myself amused and as I am easily bored I try new things.

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