Don’t waste anything! • March 27, 2018
If you’re a regular visitor, you know I save my failed pictures and scraps, for use as collage material in future pictures. I also save all my prep work, stencils, working drawings, mark and texture making experiments – in short I save almost EVERYTHING in case I might find another use for it.
The picture above is a great example of how well this works out. Look carefully and you’ll see the flower stem on the left is a raised, black on black shape – which is actually a separate piece of cut paper that had become super saturated with layers of ink before I ever glued it in. In fact it was so impregnated with ink that it had become crusty! Here’s a close up so you can see it better:
Now, let’s have a bit of fun and back track the history of this piece of scrap! I originally cut it out as a sort of sanding guide/stencil while I was putting the big trees in the next picture (below). If you want to read a bit more about that, you can do it HERE.
About two years after I finished this landscape, I began making flower pictures, and that same scrap was used both as a sort of crude reverse stencil – and also to actually print plant stems, which I did by quickly inking and pressing it face down on the pictures I was making. Here are examples of how that turned out:
As you can see, there were a lot more branches on my tree scrap back then, but the more I used it, the more it fell apart. In my last picture (below), all you can see is a vague mess of suggested twigs/stems across the bottom. If I remember correctly, this was the picture where the scrap lost most of the rest of it’s branches, when it got stuck to the surface and I had to peel it off. Boy, it’s all coming back to me now – I actually left some stray parts stuck to the surface (they’re the random black bits). I had to glue some of them down later to make sure they stayed put.