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02 November 2015 @ 04:11 pm
alcohol drip  

"through the eye of eternity," date unknown (whoops did not stamp), circa autumn 2014

mood: heartsick in florida water
music: syntonic research - environments 10: gentle rain in a pine forest
(Anonymous) on November 2nd, 2015 11:49 pm (UTC)
I think this is beautiful
Think of me as a bumbling old fool and explain the physical make up of the piece is it handmade paper?
I would comment on your previous post but I only understood two words- trance and altered states and they're the reasons I am a bumbling old fool
selva oscuraanonymousblack on November 3rd, 2015 04:18 pm (UTC)
it's in one of those old school 5"x8" black hardcover sketchbooks you can get pretty much everywhere (i think this one was from borders? so seven, eight bucks.) medium weight white drawing paper that you're not supposed to do washes on, but i think both pages in this spread are two pages glued together (for a more stable surface.) it's the same book housing all the entries on the visual journal tag except for the 11/19/2013 one. which is in a reclaimed emotionally difficult sketchbook that continues to be emotionally difficult.

both pages were given an alcohol drip treatment, my favorite youtube tutorial for which is here. i think the right side might have been using up some of my leftover paint from the writing journal i resurfaced a couple years back:

cover after
(clicking on the photo *should* take you to the livejournal photostream you can then click through for the whole magical cinderella story.)

back to journal pages, the right side additionally has a layer of shredded and crumpled red tissue paper glued to it as well as black masking tape running up the side. the text is written in white gel pen.

trance and altered states make bumbling old fools from a lot of us, it seems.

Edited at 2015-11-03 07:59 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on November 3rd, 2015 07:46 pm (UTC)

thank you so much for that explanation- I will follow the rest this evening. My artist friends barely tolerate me because I am so fascinated in the process
Again I think its gorgeous.
selva oscura: voigtlanderanonymousblack on November 4th, 2015 01:42 pm (UTC)
thank you. and i've got a similar trip going with science, actually.

youtube technique tutorials can be profoundly therapeutic. especially because you know that in the video things are probably going to go mostly how they are supposed to go.

of course, sometimes in the actual work you drop too much salt or use the wrong kind of glue or don't let your basecoat dry enough and have to scrape off all your work with a straight razor and to be honest, sometimes that leads to discoveries you needed to make. sometimes.

other times you put the sketchbook out on the balcony for the night to think about what it's done.
(Anonymous) on November 4th, 2015 09:53 pm (UTC)
I probably should do a youtube on how to gold leaf. It is just luck that keeps the sizing from completely covering me and of course by the time I have gold leafed everything within a two block radius only bits of me peak through the gilt. For weeks to follow people will tap me on the shoulder and say "do you know your ears are gold?"
selva oscuraanonymousblack on November 4th, 2015 10:14 pm (UTC)
i find that "i've decided to go bond villain" usually silences further inquiries.

also, i worked at a major craft retailer for a year and a half, more recently than i care to admit. i assume part of the recent sinus angst goes back to the christmas glitter's long-term colonization of the passageways.

Edited at 2015-11-05 01:15 am (UTC)