watercolor on Tyvek
This past week we took a drive through the Kettle Moraine of southern Wisconsin to do some leaf peeping. Our drive took us through the little town of Eagle, so we decided to stop at Old World Wisconsin, a living history site created by the State Historical Society back in the 1970s. We hadn't been there in ages, maybe fifteen years. The last time I was there it was with over a hundred eighth graders. Anyway, it was a beautiful fall day for walking around all the farmsteads, churches, and stores of Yankee, Norwegian, Polish and other immigrant groups. Since it was midweek, there were no crowds, only a couple school groups. At most houses the volunteers had stoves burning, and in several food was cooking. The garden produce was being brought inside, and at least one pig had been turned into hams and sausages, and was smoking. This sow was enjoying the sunshine and rooting happily in some foliage. She came trotting over when I called her, and enjoyed having her ears scratched. I love farm animals, and there were plenty to see, oxen, horses, and chickens.
Our walk through the historic site took us past a large marsh where the colorful trees were reflected in the water.
At one farmstead I met a man who was dressed for the cool weather in a wool overcoat and knotted scarf. I complimented him on his mustache, and he let me take his picture. I hope to do more with his picture later.
This fast sketch, like the two above it were experiments in using watercolor on Tyvek. I met an artist near Mineral Point recently who was using the material in mixed media projects. She told me that she recycled old Priority Mail envelopes, so I tried cutting up one I found at home into post card-size pieces. Then I did loose watercolor washes, and finished up with Micron pen. I like that pen for line work, since it comes in various widths, and it dries waterproof. On the picture of the sow I also layered in some TomBow marker, which blended well with the watercolor, and since it is not waterproof, allowed me to soften some edges. The Tyvek is a manmade material, and seems to have qualities of both paper and material. The watercolor soaked in, but I also could soften and lift color fairly easily. I spray mounted the finished pictures into my sketchbook.