Here are a couple of paintings I just completed that ended up being inspired by another vintage children’s book. Initially, I was working on making a pair of black and white paintings based on a Life Book 2016 lesson. I had started by collaging on pieces of magazine imagines that were black and white. Next I drew in vases with rose buds and painted using only black and white paint. I just couldn’t get them to where I liked them. I needed color!
I looked through my vintage children’s book collection and found one that had some lovely line work in the drawings along with hints of soft pastel colors for inspiration.
I adhered some of the torn book pages over the previous paintings and then painted sections using colors inspired by the colors in illustrations. I added paint by lightly sponging on various colors. I then covered some of the color by lightly rolling gesso over the pieces using a brayer. Next I added in more color until I liked the way it looked. I also did a little stenciling through some drywall tape using black paint. I wanted the pieces to have somewhat of a shiny surface and decided to use some Golden tar gel. I put a layer of the tar gel on the paintings but they came out too shiny so I added a couple of layers of Collage Pauge in matte to tone down some of the shine.
Each piece measures 6 x 12 inches and are on cradled wood panels. The sides are painted black.