pour on thickened water
Pouring acrylic onto thickened water, here with cooked cornstarch, improves the clarity of image. Cornstarch is a decent base for the pour and allows some manipulation of the paint, but holds on to too much pigment after the print is lifted to use for repeated prints. Next phase will be to try carageenan and methicol as thickening agents for the water.
Painting on water and lifting the image onto paper or fabric is a centuries old art form which goes by different names depending on the technique and place of origin. Terms include, but are not limited to, ebru, suminagshi, marbeling.
The next step on this adventure is to try some seaweed.
- Catherine Schmid Murphy