The Singer (Prothonotary Warbler) -- bird pulp painting on handmade indigo dye linen paper (2021), Item No. 335

The Singer (Prothonotary Warbler) -- bird pulp painting on handmade indigo dye linen paper (2021), Item No. 335



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  • Handmade
  • Materials: linen pulp, flax pulp paint, pigment, indigo

  • Height: 8.5 inches
  • Width: 11 inches
  • Depth: 0 inches

This handmade paper artwork is "painted" completely with pigmented flax pulp on top of a base sheet made from indigo-dyed linen. 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 natural linen (from recycled fabric), dyed using a natural indigo process. The linen is 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 flax pulp, pigmented various shades, onto my base sheet to create the image. 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. Carefully look at each image to notice the subtle differences and choose the one you like best during check out.

The Singer is part of my series of pulp-painted birds and bats. The prothonotary warbler (Protonotaria citrea) can be found in the Midwest during the summer. Their name is inspired by the bright yellow robes worn by an officer of the court (called a prothonotary) during the Byzantine Empire. This warbler is known for its loud, ringing song.

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. One option to is float the piece, loose, above a backing board or wall by placing something metallic and magnetic behind the piece (I use bolts) and holding it in place with magnets (the last image shows this kind of display).

This piece comes with a one-sheet description of the artwork. The artwork itself is signed by the artist.

Created in Bridgeport (Chicago), January 2021.
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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