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There was a lot of leftover paint so I made a mono-print using some shell paper I keep near my work table. After the print dried, I studied it a while and finally saw a field of flowers… With music softly playing and the sun shining brightly… I decided all this print needed was a butterfly… an imaginary singing butterfly.
This mixed media collage painting is made from music tissue paper, grunge board, metal, acrylic and ink on natural Shell Paper (see below).
Shell Paper is a multi-media paper made with actual shell emulsion, specially designed to accept acrylics, watercolors, inks, pastels, and even oil pastels! The paper comes in colors and natural white; colored papers are made using organic pigments, and natural white adds a beautiful pearlescent effect to transparent washes. Surface is lustrious and semi-absorbant. In fact, the calcium in the shell coating allows for wet media techniques, making Shell Paper the ideal surface for multimedia expressions using a wide array of media from crayon and charcoal to fluid acrylics and inks.
The paper is handmade sheet by sheet, so each piece of Shell Paper is unique and somewhat different than the next.