Recently I discovered a great way to combine vintage papers such as old maps, gazettes, discarded prints from the pile in my studio, along with 3-D elements such as beads, string, layers of additional paper. The example shown here contains a page from an old map that I gel-printed over with transparent inks, followed by a cut out bird from an old screen print, which I adhered so it rises off the surface. That was followed by beads applied with medium. The whole print was then applied to a cradled wood panel with Studio Tac, an adhesive paper that is a lot neater than glue or medium. Now it’s ready to hang!
My print entitled, "Hope is an Echo" made it to the cover of East City Art, a local Arts Weekly publication. By the way, the title derives from a poem by Carl Sandburg entitled, "Hope is a Tattered Flag"...I sometimes use poetry as an inspiration for art titles, usually after the art is created rather than before.
Hope is a Tattered Flag
Hope is a tattered flag and a dream of time.
Hope is a heartspun word, the rainbow, the shadblow in white
The evening star inviolable over the coal mines,
The shimmer of northern lights across a bitter winter night,
The blue hills beyond the smoke of the steel works,
The birds who go on singing to their mates in peace, war, peace,
The ten-cent crocus bulb blooming in a used-car salesroom,
The horseshoe over the door, the luckpiece in the pocket,
The kiss and the comforting laugh and resolve—
Hope is an echo, hope ties itself yonder, yonder.
The spring grass showing itself where least expected,
The rolling fluff of white clouds on a changeable sky,
The broadcast of strings from Japan, bells from Moscow,
Of the voice of the prime minister of Sweden carried
Across the sea in behalf of a world family of nations
And children singing chorals of the Christ child
And Bach being broadcast from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
And tall skyscrapers practically empty of tenants
And the hands of strong men groping for handholds
And the Salvation Army singing God loves us….