|1.Colored slip is added to the leather hard clay slab.|
|2. Introducing more color by sifting in chalk and pastels.|
Mitch is planning to hold a two day weekend workshop in April 2012 and I am already saving my pennies to make sure I am there! See his website for details. If you are not able to visit his studio he does sell DVDs on his art making process. Either way his artwork and process are so inspiring and captivating you will not be satisfied with just one peek at his website you will want to meet him in person - he is planning to host some traveling workshops and he is open to doing one day demonstrations.
NOTE: I have added my personal captions to these photos but to read how Mitch explains his clay monoprinting process in details click on this link.
|3. Getting ready to make a monoprint.|
As I stood next to Mitch yesterday I could not help but to be re energized about the art making process and re discovering the joy it brings me. Mitch is just what I needed to boost up my creative spirits and I left eager to jump into my little attic art studio to explore what my own emerging art journey had to offer.
|4. Creating a charge with a brayer (Mitch said "it's a pizza roller").|
As for the fruits of my labor upon my return from visiting with Mitch see the pictures below of the fun I had creating and exploring my own recipes for making an original mixed media collage art project.
|The elements: a recycled iPhone box I painted with white gesso, my hand painted mixed media papers, and a laser copy of an old fashion hand plow (the plow image shows up in other artwork I'm currently creating inspired by my summer volunteering at my local CSA at the Lancaster Farmacy). I miss the farm.|
|Close up of the hand painted papers adhered to the substrate using Golden Soft Gel Matte Medium with some additional handmade markings layered on using a Faber-Castell watercolor pencil (black).|
|Adding on additional hand painted paper (remains from another project - nothing goes to waste). I just let the negative shapes created by the cutouts dictate the orientation of the layout.|
|Front view of the piece thus far. I love how you can still see some of the Apple wordage seeping through the gesso.|
|Close up of the overlaying papers and the texture they create.|
|The final piece with the hand plow image added on using a gel medium transfer.|
|Defining the size: 3-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches.|
|"Winter PLOW" mixed media collage|