I tell you i have fallen in love with Tape Resist, so here’s another one! And the most beautiful and hardworking and ambitious one: expressing the transition of seasons. It’s a triptych – a first one I’ve ever made. You see, I told you, it IS a tough and ambitious project. And, I think I pulled this off to my satisfaction.
I did this on a large canvas.
This idea of 3 season has been on my mind since quite some, but i didn’t sit down to do it because i thought it’d be difficult. But one day, gathering up some courage i finally sat down to do this Triptych art. I narrated my vision to Mamma and she helped me execute it.
My initial idea was to paint three separate branches in each panel (season), but then Mamma proposed one branch expanding into all the three seasons. I liked that idea because I thought it depicts the transition of seasons nicely.
Doing the background colors was fun! I loved trying the different shades of the colors. I mixed both Water and poster color, because the canvas didn’t hold water color.
Making the Branch:
Painting the branch was a joy but I was nervous too! My hand shivered during the stroke but I managed. The things i noticed was that in a real branch in nature, you will see it becomes nodular where another branch starts, and it’s thick in some places, not always even. Don’t make the branch too straight or else it will not look real. Branches are curvy, and twisted sometimes.
Making the Snowy/Winter Row!
You need very light blue paint for the winter panel, because winter is mostly white (where it snows) and bit of blue. So i mixed white with bit of blue to make the color.
Then i did tiny white dots (with ear buds) and lines to show the snow-laden branches. That gave a realistic effect to it.
Now about the leaves, so how did i make the leafs. We did lots of brain-storming. Whether to paint those leafs, or cut them out with the puncher(the leaf punch). And finally we decided to punch them out.
To do this i painted two papers one for spring and one for autumn fall. And stick them. Pasting the leafs added texture.
Tip: Just make sure that the tape sticks well on the canvas/paper, or the color will seep through it. This happened with me and hence as you can see – I had to paint the space with black instead of keeping it white, which was my original idea. But then, I think the black looks quite nice too. It makes the season panels pop.