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Painting In The Rain!
Submitted by Pam on Mon, 06/27/2011 - 21:10
This is fun! Kids will love it! You will love it!
Amy Grennell, inspired me! Check out her version of "Rain Painting" here on her blog - Amy Grennell!
Painting by Amy Grennell
After painting a canvas a couple weeks ago, Amy stuck it out in the rain to see what might happen! I liked the results enough to want to play!
I don't paint! But - I am a photographer! And I have an ink jet printer! And I have lots of rain! I thought - why not take advantage of ink jet's tendency to bleed when it gets wet?
The technique is easy and I can't begin to tell you how much fun I had playing. I felt like I was 10 again!
There are no rules! You have little control over what happens. This is totally a "watch and see technique"!
1. Select a favorite digital image.
2. Print on watercolor paper. You can use other paper - but I recommend that it be at least card weight.
3. Set the print out in the rain.
4. Keep an eye on it and place it on a drying rack (dish drainers and cookie cooling racks work) when you are ready.
5. Let the paper dry completely. As you can see, there will be a little change in the image - mine tended to soften and lighten.
6. If you like, flatten your paper under a few heavy books before mounting or framing!.
Originally, my intention was to use images printed by ink jet on photo paper. But as you can see, photo paper - unlike the "olden days" - is pretty darn stable and even though I left this out in the rain a good long time, it never bled. And it dried perfectly - not a spot or blemish!
Nice to know! But useless for this project!
Rather than let the paper get rain saturated as I did in the first print, I decided to take this print out in a very light misty rain. The paper did not become saturated.
The droplets were so tiny and light that they left tiny impressions of themselves all over the surface of the print.
The tiny drop impressions remained after drying although they did expand just a little.
When I first found Amy's Post, I sent a link over to my artist friend Chris, who writes Parabolic Muse. Chris is usually up for trying almost anything in the interest of artistic expression! She wrote back telling me that she doesn't expect to see much rain in LA for a while but she does have a sprinkler!
Aha! Then a spray bottle should work too! So I made two prints of this image to test rain drops vs sprinkler bottles!
Rain drops at work!
Sprinkler bottle! I just moistened the surface of a rimmed cookie sheet, set the print on top and sprayed away until I got the result I wanted.
Actually, you might find that you have a little more control with this method because you can decide where the mist falls.
I sprayed a heavy stream of water right on the top/center, allowing it to run freely down the print surface and got the streaks you see here. Just playing around - you know!
Rain painted version - dry.
Spray bottle version - dry.
1. Handle the paper very gently once it is saturated. Transfer it from one surface to another by lifting from the bottom. Trying to peel it up from one corner might result in tearing.
2. Placing your paper on a wet surface or a dry surface will give you different results.
3. If you place your paper on an already wet surface, the paper will absorb moisture from both the front and the back and will change much faster. I placed the first image in the post on the wind shield of my car which had been sitting out in the rain for most of the afternoon. It changed almost instantly!
Now - grab a couple kiddos and go have some fun painting in the rain!!
Thank you so much Amy for sharing your "rain painting" .