Thursday, December 20, 2007


These 2 paintings came in the form of inspiration in a new book by Alisa Golden entitled
Painted Paper. She is a book artist and author of several books on creative and expressive bookmaking and book binding. I saw an exhibit of hers at the main library in San Francisco a few years ago and it was truly amazing to see these works of art up close and personal.
This particular technique focuses on holding your paintbrush by the bristles and dipping the other end into a very liquid acrylic paint or acrylic ink. This method leaves out of total control of moving the brush where you want it. It's a flimsy little technique that really lets you move out of the box. When your black lines of your object is complete, you let it dry, or dry it quickly like me with a heat tool, and proceed to wash colors into and around the image. You need to try it, its a lot of fun.
Right now her book is sold out but I plan to get more in after Christmas. Each page is filled with new techniques just like this... but different.


  1. Jane- Love this and love your book cover! I am terrible at forming paper cones- I need the cardboard shape to start. Have wonderful holidays, and I will see you at Art & Soul, if not before.
    PS- I have 2 blogs now:

    PPS-My family got elfed also-link on my Lilly blog.

  2. Anonymous5:20 PM

    love these!!

    I just saw your workshop schedule for March.. I'm thinking of heading up from Florida for one.. will email you later to get the info clearer (if you have it).


  3. Love the technique-you're bird is wonderful! I definitely would like to try this, thanks for sharing your version!