Someone posted a picture on Facebook recently of a pair of sneakers that had been made to look tie-dyed with Sharpies and rubbing alcohol. Well. You know I love me some Sharpies, especially on canvas. On my way to the studio, I picked up a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol at the drugstore.
I have been drawing a lot of bugs lately, so I drew a bug on this scrap of canvas with the Sharpies:
The red is actually a Bic permanent marker that I bought in British Columbia in May. I’m tempted to say that from now on I will always travel with a red marker, but it was actually a lot of fun to go on a quest for one and not know exactly what I would find. So maybe more shopping for art supplies in out-of-the-way places.
Here is what the drawing looked like after being sprayed with rubbing alcohol:
The lines at the bottom are acrylic paint, dried a long time ago, which is why the alcohol didn’t make them run.
Here is what it looked like after it dried:
I like the semi-predictability of the process, the sense of motion that the blurred ink gives the drawing, and the way the colors change. I’m think I’m going to be doing more of this.
(Don’t worry. I am working on another wire sculpture too.)