Recently I spent three stimulating days in a workshop sponsored by the Contemporary Artists of Southern Arizona ( www.casaaz.org ). The workshop was taught by Victoria Pittman, an artist who splits her time between Gold Hill, Arizona and St. George, Maine! She is a world class calligrapher, accomplished artist and fine photographer. ( www.victoriapittman.blogspot.com )
This class was entitled “Tortured Metal and Twisted Letters”. Victoria is very experimental and often includes shiny metal effects in her work. She has created an array of techniques that employ the use of acrylic paint, gesso, water soluble writing pens, metal leaf, metal foil, thin sheet brass and copper.
For three days we practiced using her techniques; applying the paint and metal to sturdy Stonehenge paper and altering the surfaces with texturing tools, heat, ammonia, vinegar and acrylic mediums. She also had us experiment with metal, plant materials and ammonia to stain silk shibori style. After “cooking” overnight, we applied the silk with encaustic to boards. We at the end of the class we used our papers, silk, and bits of metal to build beautiful small collage treasures.
I had great fun playing with these materials. Here are snapshots of some of my experiments.