process & materials

Process

Each piece is essentially made up of two layers of  paper – A top layer and a bottom layer – adhered to a wooden cradled panel. From the top layer (the main, primary color) I cut out and remove the positive space (ie: the subject of the piece), leaving only the negative. I then, piece by piece, glue the top layer to the bottom layer (the secondary color) and  the positive shape/subject shows through. Depending on the piece, often a 3rd color is used around the sides of the piece (gallery wrap style) if I want to give the piece an added element of color/depth when viewed from an angle. Once all of the pieces are assembled the entire piece is coated in acrylic (see “Coatings” below).
 

Paper

The paper is known as Lokta. It is hand made and dyed in Nepal from the fibrous bark of Daphne Cannabina (Lokta Bush). The highly sustainable plant grows at high altitudes (between 6500 – 9500 ft) in the Himalayas.
 

Adhesive

I use a neutral pH glue that is often used in book binding.
 

Coatings

Once all the paper is glued together, several coats of Acrylic Medium are applied (acrylic medium is essentially acrylic paint without color pigment). This part of the process brings out rich, saturated colors from the paper. A final acrylic top coat is applied containing a UV protectant. (But – as a rule – art work should never be hung in direct sunlight)
 

Cradled Panels

Constructed with a Baltic Birch Wood face and a smooth solid Poplar Wood cradle (frame around the back). 1 5/8″ deep.