I have been visiting two blogs that post beautiful watercolors on a surface called Masa paper. Here is an example of one of Susan Cornelius paintings on her blog titled Conversations with the Muse. The other paintings have been on Myrna Wacknov’s blog titled Creativity Journey.
My next step was to go in search of a good tutorial that outlined the steps I would need to take to create a Masa paper painting as I could not attend either of these artists’ workshops. I found a good description on Jeanette Jobson’s blog here.
My Granddaughter had been asking me if she could do another art project with me and I thought that she might enjoy the idea of crumpling and wetting a piece of paper, re-opening it and painting on the surface. I did have to help her quite a bit with the process, but she enjoyed every bit of the crumpling , soaking , painting, and glueing.
I am currently working on another and taking step-by-step photos of the process and will post that as soon as it is finished for those of you that would like to try this. Until then, Jeanette’s directions are very adequate to follow. The only thing I am finding is that my drawings are washing off when I crumple the paper and wet it. I can’t draw dark enough for the image to survive all that. I suppose I could use waterproof ink for the drawing but may want to lose edges in the final stages of the painting. I may decide to do the drawings after I have the toned masa paper mounted on the watercolor paper. I like the idea of using this crumpled and toned Masa for collage or just for another surface to create drawings and paintings and other collage work on. Endless possibilities!