48 x 24″ acrylic, ink, and holographic glitter on canvas.
New Dream Spaces 9 (heavier elements) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
This is an original abstract pairing done in watercolor, ink, and acrylic on heavy watercolor paper. I painted the initial layer quickly in watercolor on paper that was already a little damp. I like the washed out quality this achieves, which you can see in the light blue-green areas near the bottom between the turquoise and the red and magenta. On top of the watercolor I applied acrylic based inks, which penetrate into the watercolor slightly, but mostly produce areas of bright, vibrant and saturated color. I like to draw wispy lines with the ink dropper, pressing into the paper and making slight indentations which result in ghostly trails. I create a composition based on the interplay between lines, amorphous fields of color, and the negative space of the underlying watercolor. On top of all of this I used squeeze tubes to apply specially formulated acrylic paint, just black and white in this painting, into areas of wet ink. The ink has a wonderful way of pushing into the acrylic, and that’s how I get those very nice gradients to form, which close examination reveals are composed of dendritic patterns where the ink pushes in like rivers gathering from mountains in reverse.
I used a technique that involves soaking the paper in water and then taping the edges of the paper to a hard surface while it is wet. This stretches the paper when it dries because the fibers in the paper expand when they are wet and contract as they dry. This prevents the paper from warping or buckling while I paint on it, keeping the surface nice and flat. I cut the tape at the edge of the paper, leaving the part of the tape that was actually on the paper, resulting in a thin band of light brown along the edge of the paper. The actual dimensions of the paper are 16 x 12, and the 15 1/2 x 11 1/2 are the dimensions not covered by tape.