Monday, January 12, 2015

je suis charlie

I started by gluing down several front-pages of the magazine Charlie Hebdo. 


Next I made a stencil filled with mouths, because they wanted to silence the journalists. But in my humble opinion I believe they've reached the opposite, suddenly everybody knows the magazine and their subscriptions has risen enormously.
My intention was to create a resist with Vaseline through the stencil, so I applied it generously and  went over it with red and black acrylic paint, left it to dry and wiped away with a bay wipe, but I kinda rubbed away all the paint. Maybe I applied the Vaseline too generously?? So I was left with this big mess,  


but actually this wasn’t bad at all, because in Paris it also was a huge mess.
I wanted to apply a wash of gesso, but this turned into mud, so I wiped it away immediately. Instead I glued down some tissue paper and stenciled the mouths with red acrylic paint on top. Now I was liking it, the messy background still peeking through, and the crisp mouths. 



Next I painted the Eiffeltower and used that as the letter A in Paris.



Cut out a chain of people holding hands out of gelli prints to represent the protests and the solidarity between people.



I wasn't sure whether I would find enough inspiration to make my ARTicles book, but hey I'm only 1 week far and finished already 4 pages, wow, if you too want to join in please do so. Here is the link:


6 comments:

  1. Well done, recoveries included. I always tell my students that half of mixed media is fixing one's mistakes, and your results are terrific!

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    1. thx Winn, and indeed those mistakes creates more layers and texture that you otherwise wouldn't have achieved.

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  2. A very poignant and thought-provoking journal page, Vicky.

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    1. thx Susan, it doesn't always have to be light and fun, life isn't always like that.

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  3. I love the finished result. Very powerful x

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    1. Thx Claire, exactly what I wanted for this page.

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