Chez Studio Verna, 2016 has begun with paperlings: small works on paper.
I took a break during the last few weeks of 2015, then on January 1st I was back into the studio - I was so much into the studio that I did not make any blog posts for awhile! Now it is time.
First thing I did this year was to make some wee stitched paintings on paper.
I'd found some cool little frames several months ago, not knowing what I'd wind up using them for. Often that is a good way to go about things.
These paintings are made with acrylic paint and ink on Arches rag paper. They are called "Vibrato". (thanks Russell for your suggestion!)
They are small; 4x4, 5x5 and 6x6 inches. I have not often framed my work, and I'm liking these.
I like them all together better than individually. Perhaps because they are so small, they seem to need each other to read and breathe and live.
Then yesterday I began to experiment with making collograph prints: working on paper again!
Above, printing "plate" made with school glue drawing on matboard, and printed with a roller and Speedball water-soluble block printing ink on 140lb paper.
Below, fun with feathers:
It's been a long time since I made prints, maybe 20 years. Wow. I am remembering just how much fun printing is! There is a magic in working on a "plate" to create an image - and then printing from that plate, which changes the image sometimes quite radically.
So there is the beginning of the year in my studio: A new series of tiny, framed paintings, a few little open-ended explorations, and an initial foray into simple printmaking techniques. All using paper.
Paperlings... I wonder where they will lead?
As ever, I'm curious about this ongoing creative journey, and happy to be able to make blog posts which I hope will connect with a few people along the way.
Thank you for reading!