Category Archives: Mixed Media

Women on the Twenty

 

In Pamela Lanza’s Experimental Drawing class at UC Berkeley Extension, I started a series of charcoal drawings of American women I thought should be considered for the newly designed 20 dollar bill.  Everyone in class was excited this became a big topic in the news while I was working on my series, culminating with the announcement of  women for new designs by Jack Lew of the US Treasury. See each of my drawings here.

Here’s a photo of how my drawings looked on the wall for the final critique:On-the-wall-at-UCBX I took Pam’s class Small Books UnBound: An inkwash/collage workshop last weekend in SF and decided to see if the drawings would work well as images on an unbound, accordion style book with the drawings superimposed over inkwashed and collaged pages.

I made each drawing into an acrylic gel medium transfer and adhered them to the pages with fabulous results!

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First pages

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Book cover

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Book closed and tied with raffia

Reader Challenge

Back in August 2013, I saw this reader’s challenge in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine and decided to give it a whirl. The challenge was to use our favorite techniques to create a six inch mixed media square with some kind of stitching.

I used one of my linocut prints on fabric as the starting point, then I accented the print  with acrylic ink and oil pastel.  I didn’t spend too much effort on it, and basically just considered it a little experiment where I give equal weight to the positive and negative space in a composition.  I liked the result and decided to submit it to the magazine.  The first step was to submit a .jpg of the piece. Later, I heard back from them and sent it in to be photographed, still not knowing if it would actually be included in the magazine.  Today I was pleased to see that it was included in the January/February 2014 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors!!!

Reaching
Reaching
Linocut, acrylic ink, and oil pastel. Machine stitched. 6″x 6″

Readers-challengeCloth Paper Scissors Jan/Feb 2014