View Full Version : Experimenting with cling film ?(Saran wrap)?

08-06-2015, 12:41 PM
Because it takes patience, waiting while it dries, I hadn't really explored the possibilities of cling film (Saran wrap in the US?). Patience .... Not one of my talents.

I'm beginning to really like it. First experiments on khadi paper ... Very absorbent and textured .... Didn't go well When I changed to smooth paper ... S&B delta and Derwent watercolour paper, very smooth, it started going somewhere :)

This one is on the Derwent paper, a grey FW acrylic ink flooded into wetted paper and then the cling film squished to give directions and textures I wanted.


I then photographed it with the iPad and coloured and sketched into it wit the sketchclub app.

I will work on the original with paint etc as well

I will post the starting point and variations later.

08-06-2015, 03:17 PM
Interesting that it worked better on smoother paper. Cool experiment.

08-10-2015, 03:44 PM

This was the first stage, acrylic ink

08-10-2015, 06:53 PM
With the ink it looks like a puddle with a skin of ice in the winter. Cool.

08-11-2015, 06:47 AM
It looks like you can get really interesting effects with this. However, I have no patience and I am a bit of a control freak. Not sure it would be a good combination!

It looks like trees to me.

08-11-2015, 08:17 PM
So cool!!!! I must try this, too :)

08-12-2015, 05:59 AM
It is a lot of fun eh :) Love your trees.

08-12-2015, 02:01 PM
No good for control freaks!

08-13-2015, 04:53 AM

Same base element, again coloured digitally.

08-13-2015, 09:35 AM
That does produce some interesting effects.

08-14-2015, 12:04 PM

Another beginning. This is in a pad of Arches paper

Now watercolour and pastel pencil maybe?

I will do a bit of digital colouring with it as well.

08-14-2015, 02:18 PM
This one came out softer.

08-14-2015, 05:33 PM
Very cool and strange. I love what you did with the first one. Looking forward to the second! Cool that you do it monochrome neutral and then start bringing color in.

08-16-2015, 06:07 AM

And another experiment.

This was watercolour and cling film on an offcut of Colourfix paper about 5 inches or so (white). Then I used pastel pencils on it. They aren't something I use often as they can be a bit sort of wimpy but they were ok on this paper and at this scale.

Joan T
08-16-2015, 12:13 PM
Love the effects you're getting with the cling film. I always forget about using it...maybe because I'm like you...no patience. LOL

08-21-2015, 05:06 AM
ok some more ....



first one is white gouache and charcoal over the initial cling film 'print' and the second is using digital colour on a scan of the original print.

This is the base print that I worked into


you can see how I ate into it, just keeping what I wanted

08-21-2015, 05:52 PM
Very cool experiments.

08-21-2015, 07:32 PM
That is so cool how you turn these random marks into foliage and trees. It's gorgeous!

08-22-2015, 05:34 AM

None of these are bigger than A4. I need to do some much bigger If I get better at it :)

Joan T
08-23-2015, 08:37 AM
I love seeing the variety of ways you do these! Nice!!

08-24-2015, 04:30 AM
thanks :)

and another play

not looking too promising at this stage

and the finished image

08-24-2015, 02:53 PM
Turned out great.

08-25-2015, 10:35 AM
Really gorgeous abstract patterns on all these...I forget to use the plastic wrap so must drag it out and begin experimenting. Thanks for the inspiration!

08-25-2015, 05:21 PM
These are just incredible and beautiful, I haven't tried this. I used to lightly touch the wet with wadded up tissue, to get a similar texture, and I got some interesting effects spraying a wash with dermal wound cleanser (saline solution).
I can't wait to try this on watercolor crayon or pencil, or even drag out my poor neglected watercolors.

08-26-2015, 04:07 AM
Thank you all :). I have very occasionally used salt but not saline solution ... Smething else to try :)

Another one with a lot of added gouache.


Again in the zeta sketchbook

08-28-2015, 04:55 AM
Oops ignore that last one! The curse of the iPad strikes again :(. That's a very large pastel/charcoal!

08-28-2015, 08:11 PM
Oh, my... what a cool concept and some lovely paintings. You are so creative with the techniques.

Joan T
08-31-2015, 08:37 PM
These are so fun!!! I love seeing it with the saran wrap removed and then after you add to it.

09-07-2015, 12:01 PM
Thanks Joan :)


And another one

09-07-2015, 01:17 PM

09-07-2015, 02:48 PM
Lovely colors.

09-08-2015, 03:48 PM
Thanks again :)

And another ....


And another. It makes me think of William Morris era fabrics.

09-08-2015, 04:12 PM
I love using saran wrap on some little flowers. They give a good texture effect that is fun. I think it is something that could be over used, if you know what I mean? If you haven't try it go for it.

09-08-2015, 06:31 PM
Definitely something that can be over used ... Like using salt for a starburst effect or even too much wet in wet where everything ends up mushy and over loose. :)

That's the purpose of these experiments, to find out where I might use this in other work.

09-08-2015, 08:19 PM
Oh wow, that is beautiful. When I first looked at it, it reminded me of seeing flowers through water or through a window sheeted with water. Colors are subtle but perfect. What did you use? Watercolor and ink?

09-08-2015, 08:21 PM
Gorgeous, Vivien!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

09-08-2015, 09:26 PM
Your last artwork posted is in a word, magnificent!

09-09-2015, 07:08 AM
. What did you use? Watercolor and ink?

Thank you for all the lovely comments :)

Well, the underlying cling film 'print' was paynes grey acrylic ink, dropped into a page i had sprayed with water, so quite dark. Then squish and push the cling film about to create light/dark areas and interesting marks. The paper was too absorbent so it didn't create so many linear marks A paler grey works better generally.

It was a Seawhites sketchbook , I prefer S&B,where interesting marks happen as the size they use lets washes sit on the surface longer to manipulate.

I worked into it with a pale grey Tombow brush pen, white ink and coloured pencils (keeping a limited colour range), a bit of fountain pen, pentel brush pen and a sharpie pen. You know me! Everything but the kitchen sink! But no watercolour in this one.

09-09-2015, 04:58 PM
Great work.

09-11-2015, 03:19 PM
I like your "everything but the kitchen sink" approach! Thanks.

09-29-2015, 01:59 PM
Fun! Does it make a difference whether using the name brand or the cheap Dollar Tree stuff?

Joan T
09-29-2015, 08:56 PM
I love all the shades and textures you were able to get in that flower!!! Wonderful!!

09-30-2015, 04:34 AM
Not in the US so don't know your brands. This wAs just supermarket own brand cheapie cling film :)

09-30-2015, 12:46 PM
Wow! This latest one is so great. I love your kitchen sink approach and your line work is so fresh and lively. You're a big influence on my pen work even if I haven't dared try some of your crazy techniques. So cool you're doing these!

10-07-2015, 09:33 AM
I love the colors and interesting patterns you have accomplished!

chammi kaiser
10-20-2015, 08:22 AM
Vivien. These are so lovely. You have totally inspired me to get out my watercolours and inks and give the plastic wrap a try. Need to do some playing and experimenting. It does the soul good.:)

10-20-2015, 11:39 AM
yes, everyone should play sometimes shouldn't they ? :) Thank you for the lovely comments

Experiments are on hold at the moment as I get on with **** paperwork for teaching and an exhibition and juggle some other stuff. Doing a workshop as a student this weekend though so looking forward to experimenting there.