I have always been enchanted by paper – be it vellum, tissue or the exotic Tsasho, Khadi and Unryu papers from Bhutan or Japan, so it was entirely natural that my love of mixed media work should expand to exploring the textural properties of papers and paint.
Whilst I often work with traditional watercolour and acrylic, I am increasingly focusing on sculpting beautiful fractal images from the fusion of paper, medium and inks. As an avid naturalist my main inspiration is the natural environment around Suffolk which I endeavour to capture.
Sculpting paper is a fairly involved process and has 4 main stages:
Researching and selecting specific papers to match the atmosphere of the picture I am trying to create
Creating a beautiful or intriguing background from a limited palette matched to the colours of the changing seasons
Moulding the chosen paper to create the main point of focus and additional background forms
Applying ink and paints to encourage “happy accidents” of colour and texture, adding further layers of paper as necessary to create atmosphere and impact.
Arriving at this point has taken many hours of trial, error, and experimentation in trying to match the right paper, palette and sculpting technique. I hope you enjoy the results.