My great friend Rob, who I have mentioned on this blog many times (he of Rob Turner China ) is in hospital.
He is a bit poorly.
Actually, he is really a lot poorly.
He has a dicky ticker and has had surgery.
We all knew this was on the cards, but it seems that, for what ever reason, the hospital found him a bed sooner rather than later and suddenly he was in hospital and having major surgery.
Well, I rushed out and bought a get well card, but in my mind another book was brewing - a cross between a book and a get well card and Heart themed.
So I have made a start.
I am using lining paper - I mean the sort of paper you buy in rolls from DIY stores that is used to line a wall before a patterned paper is hung. There are several weights. I cannot recall exactly what weight mine is, but its about mid range.
Lining paper has a 'soft' feel to it. Almost as though it were on it's way to being fabric.
Using a commercial stencil I dabbed on some gesso.
Then I selected my palette.
I also ripped a page out of an old road atlas and applied the gesso to that - also through the stencil.
Here is the gessoed paper - with the first layer of paint (applied with a brayer).
And again but with some green now.
Then I 'shaded' over parts of the paper with a red Ink Tense pencil.
And then applied water to the pencil to make the colour sing out.
I slept on this, but when out walking the dog decided to also use some Brusho inks.
I apply the brusho as a dry powder and then spritz with water. It gives a lovely effect.
Meanwhile, I also added Brusho powders to the gessoed road atlas pages (still wet in this picture).
But almost dry here.
And then I turned my attention to the cover.
For this I am using a box, previously covered with brown paper to give a good surface on which to work, with cut out hearts (cut out from calico) adhered with matt medium.
Then a liberal cover of gesso.
You can see that the box is in three sections. I did not completely pull it apart. I think this is going to be another concertina book.
Paint brayered on.
I've introduced another colour - Claret. I felt the colour was a bit too wishy washy and a bit of richness was needed.
Next I drew some hearts onto red paper (this is like rag paper but not quite so thick) and coloured them with gold a Oil Stick.
And I also used the oil sticks (gold and a metallic red) on the cover. Using a mask cut from paper for the heart shape.
Meanwhile, I had brayed some Claret over the atlas pages (again, on its own, the Brusho was too wishy washy)
And then I stencilled on some god oil stick.
Meanwhile, just to give a bit more sparkle, I painted some sparkle glue on top of the paper hearts.
To be continued.