Mylar collage

Mylar Fun

My mixed media Muse Group has ended now for the summer. I always miss my weekly dose of art play in the group. I say “play” but of course making art can also be serious business when you’re an adult. To combat that seriousness I try to introduce a new material or technique each time, one that is impossible to “control” so it throws a wild card into the pot. (I think that’s a mixed metaphor in my mixed media explanation here!)

One week last month that wild card was mylar, that shiny silvery mirror-like polyester film that can be bought in rolls. It’s not really for painting, which is why it’s a great mixed media surface to play around with when pushing the envelope. (Another strange metaphor?)

mylarcity

Acrylic painted Mylar collaged with painted screen on acrylic painted w/c paper, 10X11″

Entropy in the city. Everyone trying to keep their balls in the air simultaneously. How is it possible that the buildings remain standing and don’t come apart at the seams and float up, and towers lean over from the sheer weight of people at rush hour?

Q: Where are the cars and busses and pedestrians here?

A: Down below in the well-worn grooves.

I’m always in a state of amazement in big cities. I think I did this piece not long after my trip to Brooklyn.

By the way, if you’re interested in getting into the Muse Group, now is a good time. I just opened registration for a six-week Monday Afternoon group in my Sebastopol, California studio starting September 10. For more information and to register visit my website.

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Painting on Mylar

Bob passed on a long roll of Mylar to me, so I shared it in Muse Group to see what we could do with it. Here’s a couple variations.

It’s shiny stuff! Highly reflective. Look into it and it becomes a fun-house mirror. Paint with acrylics on it and they flow unheeded. Not so easy to photograph, but I had to share the discoveries here anyway. (Meanwhile my husband has started a new series photographing Mylar in stunning ways!)

butterfly

Acrylic on mylar on painted paper with painted plaster medallion

Duck! Put your head down!  The slings are loaded with outrageous fortunes.

You may want to take cover for a while,

But keep an eye open for the next opportunity. The nectar will be waiting.

(But then, maybe it’s a gentle rain of the spring kind, full of golden glints and distant blue skies. Not a time to be blue.)

Painting with acrylics on Mylar, which has a mirror-like surface, is fun! I dripped and squirted fluid acrylic inks and tipped the board and watched them flow and do their own thing. It turned out to be sort of a butterfly shape, so I cut it out, painted a background on paper and collaged it on. The “medallion” was made of plaster of paris, dried and painted to look like a stone. The “slings” and “arrows” are more mylar and a plastic scraper dipped in paint.

mylargrid

Once again, really hard to photograph! But here I folded the Mylar in a grid and dripped the inks on, spritzing with water to get them to flow and settle, coaxing them into spaces where I wanted them. When I glued it onto the paper I left it loose so that the squares would reflect the light in many ways. The students folded the Mylar in different ways to get stunning effects!