|my first ever sample of painting on roofing felt|
I must give credit where due, so, the bloggers who inspired me (and gave me further ideas and advice when contacted were Artful Artsy Amy and Beth Carter from It is Art Day. I also received a great deal of information and inspiration from Nancy Raia, who I met in the Facebook Art Teachers group. Nancy is the Community Arts Director in Fairhope Alabama. Dealing with the aftermath of an oil spill in her area, she developed a lesson that she used with kids, using tarpaper, where they created a large-scale mural as well as smaller pieces, showing marine life. When complete, the work was varnished, which gave it an oily sheen. The artwork is beautiful, and I love the idea of it having a meaning and a purpose specific to a community. Their sophisticated and lovely pieces put my silly fish painting, one of my very first samples, to shame. I did this piece before I was contacted by Nancy.
I experimented with birds, and with leaving a lot of black, as in the piece on the left.
And then I found I had a sample can of acrylic spray paint. I wrote the word 'spray' with soap, sprayed right over it, and washed it when dry. As you can see, the resist worked. I see lots of possibilities for this material with spray paints.
Van Gogh, I'm guessing, is the inspiration for the piece below.
I like the use of the border on this cheerful piece.
I can't decide if this looks more like peacock feathers or paisleys; either way it is lovely.
The Great Wave, perhaps?
Another couple of unfinished favorites, that I think have an Asian sort of feel to them.
So, after shooting these pics, we held our region meeting and were able to retrieve everything from the Tower afterward. The other organizers and myself, all tired and hungry, walked (oh, my feet were SO tired) down to the outside of the Plaza where there is a daily lineup of food trucks. All in all, a successful day!
A quick postscript - I loved experimenting with and painting on the roofing felt so much I plan to use it for some of my own artwork. And I have one more experiment I want to do - weaving! I'm thinking of painting two pieces, cutting one piece into a loom, and cutting the other into strips for weaving. And/or maybe weaving fibers or various sorts into the roofing felt loom. There is SO much possibility here. Any more ideas? Pass them on. I still have piles and piles of cut pieces, plus the giant roll is still on my back porch, plus my husband just informed me that at our camp, we have another huge roll of roofing felt. Yeeha!!