Thursday, July 9, 2009

Torn Paper

There's nothing wrong with something as simple as torn newspaper resists. I like the soft edges and the fact that it is almost impossible to determine the exact tear, so unexpected shapes and lines are the outcomes. And it is cheap enough to keep trying until the shapes look right.

Below is some simple lines printed on to a new piece. As the white pigment is very opaque (to cover any dark substrate) I have blotted the print with a paper towel after printing.

All positioned and taped ready to print

First print...

Second print, detail only

And just for fun, a dancing figure torn from paper....

...and here it is printed

Several new exhibitions opened at Pataka, Porirua, this week. Second Life displays five artist projects using recycled everyday materials, the detritus of contemporary society, into works of art. Lots of challenging concepts to consider. Also on show is Fiji Masi - Cloth of the Gods. Masi is commonly called barkcloth or tapa and there are some wonderful examples on display. Well worth a visit. And the cafe is great too.....

1 comment:

  1. It's still my favorite resist and the first thing I show when I'm teaching screen printing. Love those torn edges!