Thursday, March 29, 2007
Crumpled plastic grocery bag technique
I'm not sure now well I explained this earlier, but since I'm getting questions - I'll spell it out for those of you who want to try it. This was a strange technique. I often press crumpled plastic grocery bags (I prefer them to Saran or other wraps) over wet acrylic abstracts to get a textured effect, let it dry a bit and then pull it up. I do this multiple times. I reuse the bags for several projects so they often get wonderul colors on them. If the paint is still wet when I lift it - I'll press the bag onto another painting, or blank paper to transfer the texture again. This time, eventually the plastic bag looked so interesting that I figured there must be a way to use it. So, I just cut it into big pieces and glued it to watercolor paper with acrylic gel medium, and rolled it with a brayer. The painted side was facing down. I wasn't sure it would adhere - but it did. Then I cut them into ATC size cards. That's all there was to it. I just hated to throw away something that I liked so well. I hope someone else tries this and will share their results.