6/3/10

Strawberries

Strawberries at the Workshop

This is another journal painting done on the Arches Cover paper. When I made this journal and tied off the thread, which I had added in the middle of the book, I left the tail a little longer than usual. The thread is waxed, and it left some resist marks on the paper.It shows up on the bottom and left strawberries. Have I discovered a new painting technique? Pressing waxed thread onto watercolor paper for a resist design? Or using it as masking? Hmmm - veins in leaves, texture in wood, tendrils, stamens . . .? I'm absolutely sure this is not a big (or new) discovery in the art world, but I'm going to play around with it.

5 comments:

annie said...

Sounds great, Catherine, and would be more flexible and easier to use than a tiny candle. Please let us know what you try? Thanks.
annie

Catherine said...

Annie, I am going to try it as soon as I can find the end of my waxed thread! It's not a new spool - how hard can this be!?

Margaret Bednar said...

I am so loving these strawberries. Bought some at a farmers market the other day and ... well, the huge box didn't last long at our house. Made Strawberry pie for the fist time... I have been missing so much all these years!!!

Claire M said...

I love everything about this - the strawberries certainly speak Spring/Summer to me and make me want to go find a Farmer's Market to get my own.

I love how you have painted them and arranged them on the page. It is a lively composition and I love the gingham underneath 'peeking out' from behind.

Just wonderful!!

Catherine said...

Thanks Claire and Margaret!
I have to say that these strawberries are not local - they are from California. Of course that is local for you, Claire, but here in Michigan our berries won't be ready for about two more weeks.