Today doing a visual tracing of the development of "Walnut Blues."
Got my walnut inks in the mail, and couldn't wait to play with them. I used the back of an old print, partly because I hate to waste paper, and partly because I though the printmaking paper surface would be a lovely absorbent surface to test out the inks! so used some walnut ink, and also diluted a mix of FW acrylic inks.
Then I played around with layering some old handmade paper (slightly spattered with ink) and a page form one of my flea market antique books.
i put the papers on wax paper to save the work surface- and thought that was a waste of ink, so did a monoprint of sorts with the raw wood panel to pick up the excess walnut ink. loved the pattern it created!
played around pulling together different collage elements..ik
toying around with the idea of adding a willow twig
then gently taped them tougher with painted tape to make it through the sewing machine....
so I had a collage sewn together...
I adhered it to the panel, embellished with some graphite, ink, and wired that willow twig on
(after coating it with walnut ink and spraying to seal it!)