Blackbird no. 22 – pulp painting on handmade paper (2019), item no. 145.22

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Item details

Handmade

Materials

handmade paper, cotton fiber, flax fiber, cotton pulp paint, pigment

Dimensions

Height: 5.5 Inches; Width: 8.75 Inches

Pulp painting is a process that uses pigmented paper pulp as a painting medium. The cotton pulp paint is applied, in this case through a stencil, onto a freshly formed sheet of handmade paper. Once the sheet is dried, the painted image becomes part of the paper itself. The fibers used in the creation of this sheet are flax (which I cook down from the raw plant material) and cotton rag (from recycled t-shirts). After the sheet is pressed and dried, the result is this sheet of unique paper, where the image itself is part of the paper fiber. Even though I use the same stenciled images multiple times, each sheet I create is unique, based on variations of sheet formation and pulp painting.

Blackbird is part of a series of pulp-painted black birds, including crow, raven, and rook. The Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) is one of my earliest bird designs, simple but striking.

Although the pigmented color in this artwork is more light-safe and permanent than using dyes, it is best to keep the artwork away from direct sunlight. If you decide to frame this piece, consider floating the sheet on top of the mat, exposing the unique deckle edge. This piece comes with a one-sheet description of the artwork. The artwork itself is signed by the artist.

Created at the Kaneland Arts Initiative (Maple Park, IL), April 2019.

Artwork Size: 5.5 x 8.75 inches (approximate); 14 x 22 cm.
Package weight = 5.25 oz.; 149 g. (ships flat in a cushion mailer with cardboard support)
Pulp painting is a process that uses pigmented paper pulp as a painting medium. The cotton pulp paint is applied, in this case through a stencil, onto a freshly formed sheet of handmade paper. Once the sheet is dried, the painted image becomes part of the paper itself. The fibers used in the creation of this sheet are flax (which I cook down from the raw plant material) and cotton rag (from recycled t-shirts). After the sheet is pressed and dried, the result is this sheet of unique paper, where the image itself is part of the paper fiber. Even though I use the same stenciled images multiple times, each sheet I create is unique, based on variations of sheet formation and pulp painting.

Blackbird is part of a series of pulp-painted black birds, including crow, raven, and rook. The Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) is one of my earliest bird designs, simple but striking.

Although the pigmented color in this artwork is more light-safe and permanent than using dyes, it is best to keep the artwork away from direct sunlight. If you decide to frame this piece, consider floating the sheet on top of the mat, exposing the unique deckle edge. This piece comes with a one-sheet description of the artwork. The artwork itself is signed by the artist.

Created at the Kaneland Arts Initiative (Maple Park, IL), April 2019.

Artwork Size: 5.5 x 8.75 inches (approximate); 14 x 22 cm.
Package weight = 5.25 oz.; 149 g. (ships flat in a cushion mailer with cardboard support)

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