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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Inspiration Strikes (Updated)

Because you don't put glass over acrylic paintings when you frame them, I have quite a few pieces of old framing glass piled up in my art room. During my break at work today, I was struck with an idea out of the blue. Why not glob some paint onto one of the pieces of glass & smush it around under another piece of glass? Not only would I finally have a use for all of that glass, but I'd effectively get 4 paintings out of each 2 pieces of glass. The paint is still drying in the top image, but they're dry in the images below. The first one below is of the wet paint side (there's a bit of reflection in the top right corner from the light above it. Almost impossible to photograph glass without at least some reflections.) The second one is the flat, glass side. As usual, click on the pictures for larger images.

Personally I like the pulled paint side better. The texture of the river-like protrusions are cool. Held up to the light, however, the protrusions show through the flat side, too. This could be fun!

Update, 2009; I gave one of these to a friend for his birthday last year & only have one left.

28 comments:

Brave Astronaut said...

hey, I like these very much.

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

They come up really well on the white wall. You know this is like monotype printing - where you smooth a sheet of paper over the wet ink/paint, and then peel it off and maybe add to the design. PVA makes the acrylic even more viscous, if you try it.
Hope the back's improving.

Lana Gramlich said...

BA; Thanks. :) If you want to e-mail me, I'm sure we could work something out if you'd like them.

Julie; Thanks, hon. I babied my back all day yesterday & am feeling much better. I'll be babying it some more today, just to be on the safe side.
Actually the paintings are laying on my kitchen counter in that picture (I just turned the image sideways. ;) I'll keep the PVA in mind (although it was surprisingly difficult to pull the pieces apart even at normal viscosity!)

Demon Hunter said...

Cool. Thanks for sharing this with us. :*) I am fascinated by artwork.

Charles Gramlich said...

Yeah, these are cool. I like the pulled paint side better as well. Love all those veins.

Erik Donald France said...

This is very cool indeed. You're onto to something here, yeahdawg!

Anonymous said...

It may be just me but these remind me of pictures from the space telescope. Regardless, they are "far out" in the best sense of the phrase.--Mr. Hubble

Lana Gramlich said...

DH; Remember; You too can paint!

Charles; Not as much as I love you.

Erik; Thank you. It was lots of fun, too, pulling the pieces apart & seeing what'd happened inside. Like opening a present!

Mr. Hubble; Thank you kindly. Doing this is a lot less hassle & mess than dragging out my airbrush to paint nebulae, too.

Michelle (artscapes) said...

Very cool!!! I like both sides....

Dave Coulter said...

Those are cool. Does the paint stick that well to glass?

Lana Gramlich said...

Michelle; Thanks. :)

Dave; It does, actually. Of course, it could be scratched or scraped off, but if left alone it does pretty well.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

How fantastic!!! A genius artist at work. :D Thanks for sharing. I have some glass around here and have mentioned this to my hubby.

Hugs, JJ

Lana Gramlich said...

JJ; Awesome! Hope y'all have lots of fun with it! :)

Travis said...

Those are way cool! Do you think you'll also try to do recognizable images and see how they turn out?

I also like the pulled paint side because of the amazing textures.

Lana Gramlich said...

Travis; Thanks! Yes, I'll probably try some florals & see how they come out. I have to work very fast, considering how quickly acrylic paint dries. If the tests come out okay I'll invest in some drying retarder to work on more detailed images.

Barrie said...

I like the way these look. I can't imagine being so talented.

And how weird that we're both having back problems. Must be something in the air...

Lana Gramlich said...

Barrie; You're too kind. *blush* I hope your air is getting better, too.

Shauna Roberts said...

What a really really cool idea! They came out very well. You actually get EIGHT paintings from two panes of glass because each one can be backlit or not backlit.

Lana Gramlich said...

Shauna; Thank you! The idea came w/o me thinking about it, which is how I knew it had to be a good one. *L* Good point on the 8 paintings...I hadn't thought of that!

mon@rch said...

Such a neat idea and I think the paintings turned out great! You are soo creative!

Chris said...

Beautiful patterns, what a great idea! Keep up the great work!

Lana Gramlich said...

Mon@rch; Thanks. :)

Chris; Thank you. I've done another one this evening. Will probably post it tomorrow, so stay tuned. ;)

Marvin said...

Cool artwork, Lana ... sort of like a jazzed up mono print. I like the pulled side better, too -- more character.

Hope your back is improving.

Lana Gramlich said...

Marvin; Thank you! Yes, I've been babying my back for a few days & am feeling much better. :)

Lisa said...

That is so cool and so creative! I love the smushed paint art! :)

Lana Gramlich said...

Lisa; It's very non-stressful & fun, too. Thanks. :)

liz said...

Lana, these are VERY cool...
What an original and unique idea!
Great work!

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