Tuesday, April 16, 2013

glue it tuesday: week 5

layered teardrops

This is a cut & paste piece that I've been working on for over a year -- I can't manage to finish it, but I can't manage to give up on it, either. The primary collage material: grocery bags. I retrieved maybe twenty of them from the recycling bin, chopped them up, smoothed the sheets flat, painted random patterns with gouache, and hand cut them into teardrop shapes more or less the same size. I love working with gouache on kraft because it is thick enough to cover the paper without sacrificing that great toothiness that kraft paper has to offer, and it leaves a lovely matte finish (I'm not big on shine). Since then I've been layering the paper teardrops ever so slowly, row after row, on a 16x20 piece of watercolor paper, with the good old favorite UHU stick. I love sorting through the paper drops, deciding what color comes next, trying to make the rows line up without actually measuring. I took this progress shot a few months ago, but it's the clearest closeup I can get, so that's the one I'm showing (because once you've seen one row, you've seen them all).

In the background of course, is my other favorite adhesive. Washi tape wholeheartedly counts for Glue it Tuesday, should any happen to sneak into your pages...


31 comments:

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

This is already such a beautiful piece. The richness of the colours is fantastic. I'm also so very impressed that you're cutting these out individually by hand! Glad you're enjoying the process. I look forward to seeing the final piece! xx

Maria Ontiveros said...

What an eerie coincidence - the piece that I just linked also uses a tag I cut from a grocery bag which I painted, stamped, etc. and then cut into interesting shapes!
Thanks for inviting me to join you.
Rinda

Tricia @ Daring Hue said...

What a cool project! I love all of the little textures you've made. Thanks for the tip on using grocery bags for gouache. I'd like to try that. Love that washi tape too!

Lynn Fisher said...

I love how gouache seems to be making an artistic come back...and what a clever use! Now I'm itching to try...would that be a good missing work excuse ya think?
Lynn

Rossie said...

It is rather ironic you posted about grocery bags painted with gouache as I purchased some twenty odd never opened tubes of it at a yard sale for fifty cents each. This along with another thirty four tubes and bottles for the same price! I just love the way you colour everything so beautifully!

Rossie said...

tubes and bottles of acrylic I should have added :)

girlunwinding said...

OMG, hand cut each tear drop! good lord, honey I would have searched out a punch for that puppy by now! LOL~ I know it's really about the process.
Looks ever so cool!
Hell yeah, washi tape counts! and I love that particular pattern, too!
Glue it up, girl I want it done by the end of the year. ;-)
~Dawn

Andria said...

Beautiful teardrops, Aimee! I love the colors and the orderliness of the rows. So glad to be back for Glue It Tuesday!

Marcia said...

Those teardrops are very beautiful!

Beth Niquette said...

What a wonderful idea--and it is beautiful. I would love to see the finished piece!

Fills my eyes, it does!

Head Krazy said...

Just gorgeous Aimee. You must finish it! If I don't see it finished I might go insane with unfulfilled gratification...

iHanna said...

There is something magic with a good repeat, rows of the same. Love it, hope you finish. And as for washi tape, who can stay way from that stuff? It's sticky!

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April Cole said...

Lovely work... A great display of rhythm & design elements.

storybeader said...

that's wild! Love to see the whole piece... when it's finished! {:-D

alexa said...

Wow, that's a wonderfully inventive use of materials which might otherwise not get used - really vibrant! I've arrived here from Rinda's blog and delighted to find you :).

Pat said...

I love repetition and pattern and the way a simple design can have a huge impact when repeated over and over. I hope you'll post the whole image once it's complete.

Textile Recycler said...

I love your painted tear drops Aimee...

Karyna @ PaperSquid said...

Aimee your work is just always awesome and I love your colors. (And I really need to go buy myself some pretty washi tape which you have inspired :D

XO

Deborah Weber said...

I love your ongoing project Aimee! It's a most beautiful field of tears.

Fran Traina said...

i like the teardrop design you have here. Very zen-like way of going about it.
Enjoying the process is what its all about, isn't it? Fran T xo

Michellem said...

Those drops are lovely - colorful and yet soothing simultaneously!

Rhonda H said...

What a fun linky party! I just found this one in time to post a little post about a gluebook idea, so now this gives me more things to think about -- more pages to glue and then what to do with them? LOL
So this is my first post in this meme, thanks for hosting it!

Parabolic Muse said...

Wow oh wow oh wow! I love this!
this makes me think of my days of just painting backgrounds, many backgrounds, paint everywhere. Love your vivid colors. You know I like your colors.

Rhonda H said...

Hi again! Thanks for stopping by my blog for Glue-it Tuesday! Glad I found it!

Cheryl said...

I'm interested in what you are going to do with this awesome swath of painted paper teardrop shapes when you are finished?

Jana Bodin said...

How awesome! What do you think - how long until it's finished?! (Bc I can't wait to see it!!! :))
Thanks for hosting!

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Gallery Juana said...

seems very meditative to build rows of the same shape. I look forward to seeing how it comes along.

Jane Blogs said...

Love the colours you're using :)

Question about glue-it tuesday.. Is it okay to submit a mixed media painting with papers in it?
-I love glueing, but always paint with it, too.

Jane xx

julie said...

I *love* this project, Aimee! It will be finished in its own time. And then, I can't wait to see it!