I wanted to work some more on Biteyou but I couldn't come up with what to do. The mulberry paper didn't turn out so well and I couldn't think of a color to paint over it. I am starting to run sort of low on large pieces of paper and I didn't really feel like ripping teensy pieces and applying them to the canvas around the creature. Then I found some sort of neutral colors in the studio and brought them out to test next to Biteyou. I plan on painting on whatever paper I lay down...or collaging it more or something...not sure what yet...but one of the papers was too plain, one was okay, but not quite and the third is the one I went with -- for now.
|Biteyou and the mulberry paper.|
|Better shot of how the mulberry paper looks...not that great.|
|The three neutral colors I found in the studio. I need to make a trip out to Hollander's soon!|
|I liked the brown...but, meh...|
|The black-with-inlcusions might be better.|
Okay...so if I wanted to try and use the two sheets of black-with-inclusions paper, how was I going to get Biteyou's shape onto it? I couldn't see through a piece of butcher paper that I took out to the working area. Then I thought hey...tracing paper. So I pieced several pieces together and traced his basic outline. But how to transfer that onto the black paper?
|Laying the tracing paper down and taping the sheets together.|
|Hard to see -- but I traced Biteyou's basic outline.|
Then I thought oh heck...it's only paper...and I had an idea that maybe I could do a sort of reverse process of the way we get sketches onto erasers to carve...by putting pencil on the back of the drawing and then using it like carbon paper...but I would need to use chalk instead of pencil and hope that it would stay put long enough to tear the paper along the chalk lines.
|I flipped the tracing paper outline over and used chalk to get a mark. Then I just used my fingertips to rub the chalk onto the black paper.|
And -- for the most part -- it worked! The chalk kept poofing off as I ripped, but there was enough that I could get the idea of where to tear. In hindsight, it might have been a better idea to cut the paper with scissors and then tear it later...but oh well...it worked.
|The paper is not attached to the canvas yet, but I am pretty happy with the way it turned out.|
AND...now I have a "shadow Biteyou", too. Ha ha ha.
|Pretty cool -- a "shadow" guy!|
|Biteyou and Shadow Biteyou|
AND throughout the day I got three more paper bags filled with magazines to recycle...that closet is getting really really full. Andi and I are going to have brunch on Friday and then drop all of the bags at AB's school. I want to get as many sorted through as possible by then!
|Three more bags!|