Acrylic, Unryu Paper, Leopard Print Paper made in Nepal, Tan Cork Paper by Recollections and Tissue Paper on Canvas. 18″x 24″
I was inspired to paint “Chasing Zebras” after purchasing a sheet of leopard print paper from a stationary store and unryu paper from Artmax. This project was essentially a play date with paper and paint, with neither expectations nor pre-conceptions. Typically, my paintings convey my emotional state and explore a certain character in mythology, history, literature, etc… However, “Chasing Zebras” developed solely from the materials used. The leopard print inspired the huntress-like subject, chasing her prey.
nitially, the entirety of my subject’s headdress was composed and textured with the leopard print paper. I introduced the orange tissue paper in order to add greater contrast between the subject and the background, with the added effect of more texture. I simply twisted long strips of tissue paper and glued them directly onto the canvas, with the help of my best friend, Mod Podge. For the background, I applied Flexible Modeling Paste by Liquitex to the canvas. I created a vein-like web texture by using a pallet knife. To further detail the background, I used bubble wrap as a stamp, creating a series of teal dots.