First, I painted over an old canvas with black acrylic. Then using some of the ideas I learned in the Laurie Doctor workshop, I lettered on the canvas with a twig from my River Birch tree.
The lettering is based on Joan Miro's primitive calligraphy. I love the gestural and graphic qualities.
I added watercolor to some of my pages from the Laurie Doctor workshop, and tore out areas I found interesting.
Inspired by an article written by Patricia Gaignat in the issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors, I layered my primitive calligraphy swatches, along with swatches of patterned paper, and small pieces of metal mesh. (I used window screen from the hardware store.) I then tied them to the canvas.
Some of the underlying, patterned papers were mine, some came from Seth, and some came from Kathy McCreedy.
I am happy with how the piece came together. It feels good to have created a piece specifically for the "Different Strokes" exhibit. When our guild has an exhibit, I normally enter something I've already done - which isn't bad, it was just nice to approach it differently this time. The exhibit will be at the Sullivan Munce Cultural Center in Zionsville, Indiana throughout the month of October. If you're in the area, check it out!