Bluebird No. 87 – pulp painting on handmade paper (2019), Item No. 264.87

Bluebird No. 87 – pulp painting on handmade paper (2019), Item No. 264.87

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Materials

handmade paper, cotton fiber, cotton pulp paint, pigment, abaca fiber, horsetail fiber

Dimensions

Height: 8.5 Inches; Width: 11 Inches

This handmade paper artwork is "painted" completely with pigmented cotton pulp on top of a base sheet made from cotton, abaca and horsetail. The entire process, from forming the base sheet to painting my image, is done at the same time while all the fibers are wet.

The fiber used for my base sheet is a combination of cotton, abaca (inner bark of a banana plant) and horsetail (Equisetum; which I cook down from the raw plant material). The image itself is "painted" using pigmented cotton. All the fibers are pulped in a Hollander beater. Once the pulp is formed into a sheet, I place a series of mylar stencils on top of the still wet sheet. I spray finely beaten cotton pulp, pigmented various shades, onto my base sheet. 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.

Bluebird is part of a series of pulp-painted birds, which began with the creation of several bird paintings for an Audubon art show. The Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) pictured here is found east of the Rockies, from Canada south to Nicaragua. One of their defining features is an orange breast.

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 in Bridgeport (Chicago, IL), July 2019.

Artwork Size: 8.5 x 11 inches (approximate); 21.6 x 27.9 cm.
Package weight = 5.25 oz.; 149 g. (ships flat in a cushion mailer with cardboard support)
This handmade paper artwork is "painted" completely with pigmented cotton pulp on top of a base sheet made from cotton, abaca and horsetail. The entire process, from forming the base sheet to painting my image, is done at the same time while all the fibers are wet.

The fiber used for my base sheet is a combination of cotton, abaca (inner bark of a banana plant) and horsetail (Equisetum; which I cook down from the raw plant material). The image itself is "painted" using pigmented cotton. All the fibers are pulped in a Hollander beater. Once the pulp is formed into a sheet, I place a series of mylar stencils on top of the still wet sheet. I spray finely beaten cotton pulp, pigmented various shades, onto my base sheet. 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.

Bluebird is part of a series of pulp-painted birds, which began with the creation of several bird paintings for an Audubon art show. The Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) pictured here is found east of the Rockies, from Canada south to Nicaragua. One of their defining features is an orange breast.

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 in Bridgeport (Chicago, IL), July 2019.

Artwork Size: 8.5 x 11 inches (approximate); 21.6 x 27.9 cm.
Package weight = 5.25 oz.; 149 g. (ships flat in a cushion mailer with cardboard support)

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