page1 - bunnies at the art museum - before and after -creative reuse -by Serena Fenton

Creation Process: Alternative Surfaces

By sfenton, July 11, 2017

In trying to paint loose, one of my hesitations is the cost and storage of the painting surface. I typically have been using water based media on watercolor paper.  Not expensive watercolor paper.

page1 - bunnies at the art museum - before and after -creative reuse -by Serena Fenton

page1 – bunnies at the art museum – before and after -creative reuse

But I can get a bit OCD about any material.  This winter, a group on the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle area put out a very elegant city guide ‘magazine’.  The magazine is filled with ads for some of the nicer places to shop in the area.  It also is printed on a pretty heavy card stock.  Every page is card stock, not just the covers.  This just called out to me for transformation. Win-win: combination book art and a great no-mistakes experimental ground.

Below, and to the right, are a few of the pages in their ‘before’ and ‘after’ states.  Some pages inspire me to use what’s there.  Others just lend themselves to being a painting surface.

The giant bunnies were an inflatables outdoor exhibit last spring at the NC Museum of Art. How could I resist??

Page 2- Dog Foresight - before and after -creative reuse - by Serena Fenton

Page 2- Dog Foresight – before and after -creative reuse

The next page was pretty uninspiring, unless you are looking for a reputable jeweler. So it became a dog portrait exploration.

In my previous post with the cat, I wanted to try to work with the intriguing viewing figure of a man.  I kept the figure, but I am not sure how well it worked.  Reminds me more of a urinal photo.  But this experimentation book is a jump off point for exploration.  I would say ‘no judgements’, but honestly I won’t be doing that again.  There is also the problem that the cat is pretty terrifying.  To me it ended up feeling like one of Francis Bacon’s Screaming Pope (of Cats.)

Page 3 - Cat and Man - before and after -creative reuse - by Serena Fenton

Page 3 – Cat and Man – before and after -creative reuse