I’ve had this idea for a piece where small green “sprouts” would be shooting up out of some leathery gray landscape and decided I would do some smaller studies with paper scraps before doing any larger versions-
I found that you could get this leafy, lichen-like surface by crushing up dampened cotton art paper. So I tore up sheets of grey rag paper (I used Stonehenge brand), soaked and then crinkled them up, unfurled them and then mounted them onto an painting on paper that I wasn’t happy with. I then brushed glue water over them to give them some rigidity.
I liked the way this piece was coming out so much I decided it could be more than just a study. So I mounted it down to an old canvas and added more gray paper “lichens” and after it dries I will be applying the green sprouts.
After seeing some peculiar red cup fungus on a hike last spring I decided to try making some similar forms out of paper mache
I then sculpted some small cup fungus-like shapes out of paper mache clay. After the little cups dried I painted the interiors with glazes of yellow and crimson acrylic paint- with the glossy finish they really glow- like rubies. On the exteriors a scumbled a buff, opaque paint- just like real scarlet cup fungus.
The canvas was a fairly deep gallery wrapped one so this piece will really pop off the wall. It looks like a lichen encrusted rock and will be really interesting when the scarlet cups are added.