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My Surfaces: ‘Alchemy’ page 4 Brown Sauce meets Latex

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , , , on April 3, 2009 by echostains

Continuing with the ‘Alchemy’ project I did a few years ago:

brown sauce latex and others

brown sauce latex and others


The surfaces now are getting thicker.  1.  Brown sauce is mixed with cornflour and a water based clear varnish.   Brown sauce can be used to clean metal.  Some people clean coins with it.  I myself like the verdigris and patina of an old coin though.  Here’s a roman ring I bought ages ago, which I never cleaned………  has mysteriously disappeared.

my roman ring has roamed away from me.

my roman ring has roamed away from me.

2.  Liquid latex was added to this mix.  Notice, Number 1. has cracked, yet number 2 hasn’t, this could be because of the latex.

3.  Pigment was then added to the mix.  All three surfaces required 2 days to dry.  These surfaces would be useful if you wished to embed objects into the work, or sprinkle beads or stuff into the surface.

4.  Filler (powder) and acrylic makes a good impasto.  The drying time is one day

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My Surfaces: ‘Alchemy’ page 3 playing with the contents of an old make up bag

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , , on April 2, 2009 by echostains

make-up-bag waste not want not

make-up-bag waste not want not

Continuing with the ‘Alchemy’ project I completed a few years ago, this page is about make – up (Old make up I may add).  I mean Charlie glitter????  Never throw anything away and you too can live in a tip like me lol!  Seriously, don’t ever put old make up on your skin..PAINT or experiment with it!
1.  Pastel pigment and hair gel makes a thinish surface.  A bit of glitter wouldn’t go amiss in this mix
2.  Red soft pastel and Sun Shimmer Bronzer, the bronzer seals the pastel, acting as a protective.  May be interesting to see what happens when mixed with other colours?
3.  Pastel and Peel off Face mask.  This is an important experiment as you shall see later.  Note: peels away by rubbing…
4.  Pigment and oil free make up.  A little like milk paint.  The oil free make up does not protect the pigment very well…
5.  The same but with ‘Charlie’ Glitter gel.  This is lovely, you can see the brushstrokes.  A bit thin and delicate.  This glitter gel would lend itself well to No.1

Other pages in the Alchemy Project;

Page 1. A cocktail of delight

Page 1. continued

Page 2.  Kitchen media

My Surfaces: ‘Alchemy’ page 2 Kitchen media

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , , , on March 21, 2009 by echostains

Continuing with the experimental project ‘Alchemy’; –




The experiments on this page took place in the kitchen.  Soft pastel pigment mixed with washing up liquid (1) add vinegar (2) add cream kitchen cleaner (3) add crimson drawing ink (shellac based) (4).  Linseed refined oil added (6)

My Surfaces: Drawing journal ‘Gilding the Lily’

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , , , , on February 19, 2009 by echostains


I love doodling with gold and silver ink pens, somehow the drawing just grows and grows, and I get more and more carried away!  This is good in a sense as it is free expression.  It must be said though that it doesn’t do to be too free.  I feel there must always be a raison d’etre: an underlying reason behind what I do and that work like this must be balanced by more disciplined work: more control.  As my work progresses I have come to realise that my concerns reveal a dichotomy: control and automatism.

detail 1

detail 1

Media used; silver and gold ink gel pens, inks, acrylics



Links for my other surfaces ;

Printmaking  journal

Life Drawing journal

Armageddon journal (project)

Ceramics journal

Scratching the Surface and other Crevices

Posted in ART, MY SURFACES with tags , , , , , , on January 18, 2009 by echostains

Ceramic journal cover


Ceramic journal cover

I managed to get a new scanner today, so we’ll see how these images come out……  Given that its one that also prints and photocopies, I’m not expecting great things.

Ceramics Journal back view


Ceramics Journal back view

Mmmm, thought so, as I expected, not a good result.  This image is very large though, I may have to shrink it or try to remove the Moire…


I love surfaces!  I love to decorate them!  I can work for hour upon hour building surface upon surface.  I hadn’t been in Uni long before I started t decorate my journals.  The first one just had a big sticking plaster in the shape of a cross over it!  This is one of my Ceramics journals.  I used a variety of inks and acrylics: I also liked to mixed a little Polyfiller powder too….