Alcippe (alcippe) wrote,

Rotting paper and the stink of alkyd

I did a little work on the new painting this evening.

I'm digging the distressed surface that I've been able to achieve here. Something notable about this piece is that I'm not using any newspaper; instead, I'm using acid free paper, which will be far more archivable. Also, I've sealed it with alkyd resin instead of linseed oil. Linseed oil +  paper = accelerated disintegration, so using alkyd resin is far better despite the long drying time and stink factor.

Part of me doesn't care. Part of me wants to go on using newspaper and oil and just do what I feel like doing. But then I think of how sad I will be in years to come when I look back on my older work and see it becoming ruined and decayed. Maybe I will do some that are MEANT to decay. I could create them with a cocktail of materials that would purposefully rot over time. A series of paintings meant to fade away.
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