On Monday afternoon I had some friends round to make credit card papers. I learnt about this from Kelsey first. You can fine detailed instructions on her blog on this post. They are such fun - totally addictive. You only have a certain amount of control when you make these papers - the variables are the paper, the card, the consistency of the paint, the smoothness of the surface under your paper. We used pieces of perspex, which I had Ajaxed to get off any bits of old paint. It was very interesting with three of us making papers together. We made nine each, and when you saw them in a bunch, it became obvious that each group had a slightly different 'look.' Obviously the hand of the artist has something to do with it too.
The top one (I think) is Aqua Green Light, and Burgundy and Copper. The second is Magenta Light, then half Cobalt Blue and half Hookers Green, then Silver.
The third is half, Yellow Deep, half Yellow Light, then Burgundy, and Australian Sap Green.
The last is a bright red (I don't remember) Hookers Green and Metallic Gold. All Matisse Flow Formula paints. I did make one piece with Matisse Structure Formula but I didn't like how that panned out so much. The Structure has a lot more plasticky stuff (technical term, there) in it, and therefore the water doesn't move the paint so easily. Nevertheless. it's just a different look, and may well suit some purpose in the future.
At present I have a painting in an exhibition in the "At the Vanishing Point" Gallery. Last night was not only the opening, but the gallery's first birthday. Huge crowd, but huge cake with plenty to go around. They have a courtyard out the back and everyone tends to congregate there, because that's where the bar is. At this gallery, instead of an inch of warm wine in a paper cup, you pay a ludicrously small amount for a proper glass of wine in a proper glass, or a bottle of beer. I love this gallery because Renee and Brendan are such a pleasure to deal with, and they make everyone so welcome.