As you know if you have been following me for any length of time I am really into circles, drawing them, printing , stencils etc.
One of my favourite found items to use are crochet and lace doilies. I am fascinated by the intricacy and tiny stitches. Since arriving in Edinburgh I have been amazed at how cheap I can buy them in charity and thrift shops.
This week I found a bundle of lace ones in three different sizes
To use them as stencils with paint you need to cover them in a layer of acrylic and let them dry. Each time you use them they need to be allowed to dry thoroughly or they start to smell and rot.
Yesterday I was playing with a friend using Brusho powdered pigment ( https://theartshopskipton.co.uk/brusho-crystal-colour-assorted-packs-of-8-12-or-24) and gesso. I wondered how the dollies would respond.
I am not sure I like the weight of the gesso on paper like this – the doilie covered in blue paint responded very well.
I added the gesso over one of my pink ink mandalas
It was taking ages to dry so I put it in my oven at 100degrees C – which is probably not very healthy because the kitchen stank of cooking gesso very quickly.
I wet the page with a thin layer of very dilute blue acrylic paint and sprinkled the crystal inks on top
The inks are very concentrated so I took a print from the sheet using another page with a red mandala on it. The paper I am using is recycled old printed letters so it is very thin
I also pulled gesso through a couple of mandala stencils
These were quite successful too , but I think I like the doily better because it is less recognisable as the commercially produced stencils.
If I use these in mixed media work. They will need sealing because the crystal inks are water soluble. Clear Gesso or Mat medium will do the trick dragged over once with a credit card. I think you should probably coat both sides of the paper.
Another application of this I think could be to make a printing block. If you pulled gesso through a doily onto a wooden / acrylic block it would be fun to print with paint – I am not sure how a commercial ink pad would work with the gesso.