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vhere
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.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Aug-2015/53888-image.jpg

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.

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

vhere
08-10-2015, 03:44 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/10-Aug-2015/53888-image.jpg

This was the first stage, acrylic ink

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

Sydney214
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.

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

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

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

vhere
08-13-2015, 04:53 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Aug-2015/53888-image.jpg

Same base element, again coloured digitally.

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

vhere
08-14-2015, 12:04 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Aug-2015/53888-image.jpg

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.

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

robertsloan2
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.

vhere
08-16-2015, 06:07 AM
Uhttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/16-Aug-2015/53888-image.jpg

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

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

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Aug-2015/53888-trees_on_hillside_adjusted.jpg

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Aug-2015/53888-trees_on_hillsad.jpg

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

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Aug-2015/53888-base_print_trees_on_hillside.jpg

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

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

robertsloan2
08-21-2015, 07:32 PM
That is so cool how you turn these random marks into foliage and trees. It's gorgeous!

vhere
08-22-2015, 05:34 AM
Thanks

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!!

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


and another play

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Aug-2015/53888-amber_and_lilac_stage_1.jpg
not looking too promising at this stage

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Aug-2015/53888-amber_and_lilac.jpg
and the finished image

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

KreativeK
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!

FGLoftin
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.
-Floyd

vhere
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.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Aug-2015/53888-image.jpg

Again in the zeta sketchbook

vhere
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!

RainySea
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.

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

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Sep-2015/53888-image.jpg

And another one

eyepaint
09-07-2015, 01:17 PM
Gorgeous!!

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

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

And another ....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Sep-2015/53888-image.jpg

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

Stetler
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.

vhere
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.

RainySea
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?

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

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

vhere
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.

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

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

MsIrisMG
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!!

vhere
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 :)

robertsloan2
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!

HarvestMoon
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.:)

vhere
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.