Wednesday, May 28, 2008

When the accordion plays, anything can happen

Here I am at last. First, is my sign-in page, two keys each. On my Scribbles blog, there is a two-picture set of memory paintings, about the gypsies and music and how I wanted to learn to play the accordion - the end of that story, not included there as it happened after we emigrated from Scotland (and after a year of vile piano lessons), is that I did get to play an accordion and it has been one of my greatest pleasures - a vehicle for the songs of my soul. So I can't pass up the opportunity to make this little Moley even more accordion-like. As I sat looking at the empty 'bellows', this 'streetscape' fell onto the page. The world is a strange place! As you have all posted some pages, I have incorporated snippets from them too. Who knows what might be through the arch on the right - could be anything! And here, of course, is the end page.


I just used pen and watercolour - I find the pages take it ok, though a few colours need a little help from some soap to stick. I will be posting this off tomorrow - in a plain envelope, as I think it is less likely to be stolen.

12 comments:

Jan said...

Alison this is gorgeous! Thank you for again proving why I've been a big fan of yours for so long!

Kerry Mosley said...

Truly inspired Alison. I love the idea of the moly as an accordion. Lets hope we can all make your accordion sing!!
I had never heard of using soap to make watercolour stick. Do you mean ordinary household soap?

clare said...

Well worth the wait to see these fabulous pages. We're all on our way now.

Alison said...

Kerry, you wipe the wet brush across a bar of ordinary household soap and then dip into the paint - you can see it breaks the surface tension immediately - I just use a W + N travel box for my little paintings - I keep a flake of soap in the box for when I am out with a moleskine, but not all colours need it.

Jan said...

Alison, this soap tip is interesting. Do you mean it helps with the Moleskine paper? or just watercolour in general? I've never had much luck with ink and watercolour on Moleskine paper. That's why I avoid using them when moly-ing.

Tracy said...

I had not heard of using soap either. It takes some doing to get watercolors to not bead on the moly's paper.

The accordion is inspired!

Alison said...

I just use the soap for non water-colour paper Moleskines - it deals quite well with the beading problem. Perhaps if you wanted to use a lot of paint you could add a drop of detergent to the paint - but you would still get buckling with the moleskine paper. I only use a thin layer of paint which doesn't give cartoon-style colour density but allows the paper to shine through and, I think, has a slightly old fashioned and playful look about it - the buckling is minimal.

Jan said...

Thanks Alison!

melissa said...

I feel like all the right words have already been chosen. This is amazing stuff. It is especially wonderful the way you have encapsulated the other moly's into your starter pages. As with the others, I know the close up view will be breathtaking!

melissa said...

P.S. the soap trick works on lots of things. Like glass (for monoprinting) Either a bar to quickly swipe your brush across, or a drop of liqid soap in the lid. Does wonders to break the surface tension.

melissa said...

Sorry...another thought. I don't have to use soap with watercolor pencils. That's what I use primarily in my molys now. An extra step, though.

Tracy said...

This looks amazing in person! Such delicate detail!