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The Corner Field by cloutierj
The Corner Field
The first corner I come to on my way to work in the early morning.  This time of year, the sun is low in the northeast, so it's behind the row of trees beyond the field, but slanting onto the row to the left.  The wheat has just been cut, and the soybeans beyond are deep green.  The corn has tasselled, so it's not as light green anymore, but artistic license is so handy.  I love the shapes and colors and spaces of the fields and woodlots in this flat-to-gently-rolling farm country.

Ogura chine for the wheat; lokta for the trees and green fields.  The sky is layers of pale blue unryu.  The surround is a paper made from sugar cane, darkened a bit with colored pencil.  This one is flat, not built up in deep layers like my usual pieces. 

14" x 24"
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Furlerie by cloutierj
Furlerie
And now for something different.  I just started laying one piece of paper over another, and another alongside.  Some of the textures reminded me of butterfly wings, so i played around with the cell-shapes that make up the wing pattern, and added scraps, or removed bits wherever it made my eyes happy.  It's not unfurling, exactly, or furled, but I liked the sound of the word.  Titles don't have to make sense, do they?

Look close at the edge of the dark brown around the edges - I was able to use the deckled edge the lokta paper comes with to overhang the edge of the "matting".  it's a lovely texture.  I hope to use it like that again.

24" x 18".  Lace paper over gampi; lokta. 
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Berry Patch by cloutierj
Berry Patch
This is what I've been doing lately, after work and dinner and dishes - picking the wild black raspberries that grow in the fencerows and along the edges of the woods all around the place.  They're too seedy for pie or jam, but they make wonderful jelly.  There's always a catbird scolding nearby as I pick.  Always lots of mosquitoes, too, but they're too small to show.

12 x 10.  Lokta, Amate bark, Stardream metallic.     
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Water Swirl by cloutierj
Water Swirl
A quick little piece, except that it didn't go as quickly as planned.  Greens are so hard to work with!  One nice green is easy to find, but matching it up with others can be a challenge. 

Amate bark, Thai Momi marble, lokta, and Stardream metallic for the ripples.
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cloutierj
Jane Cloutier
United States
Is it enough to just say "Tired - busy - hi-I'm-glad-you're-here,-but-I-can't-think-of-much-to-say"  ?

No.  More than that.  Let me see - Garden is shutting down for the long, cold winter.  No apples this year.  Busy at work (enough about that).  My nephew has been coming over for the last few weeks to learn woodblock printing, Japanese-style (also known as "moku hanga".  I'm a very inexpert amateur, but I did take a class once.  It's been fun getting out those tools again.  I made small runs of a few prints, and want to do some more. 

I hope you all have something to be glad and thankful for, whether or not you are in a place that celebrates Thanksgiving Day this month!

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Myronavitch Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Your gallery inspires us with your highly unique high sense of style and execution.
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cloutierj Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
Thank you!  I'm so glad you enjoy my work.
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lichendressed Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
Your mixed media pieces have something magical about them. I really like what you do.
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cloutierj Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
Thank you very much! 
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watashinokurotsubasa Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist
Nice gallery
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cloutierj Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Thank you
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watashinokurotsubasa Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist
You're welcome :-)
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Pen-umbra Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Artist
Your work is just devine! The shapes are spot-on and the colors are truly inspired. So thrilled to have your page pointed out to me--I've loved going through your gallery and can't wait to see more!
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cloutierj Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Thank you, and same to you - I love your bright colors and lively people!  I've been taking my time going through your gallery and enjoying it so much, especially the paper work, of course.  The redwoods and narwhals with the translucent layers - wow!  Those are beautiful, with such mystery in their depth.  I want to pester you with shop talk - what glue do you use, what do you like for supports, and for a base layer?  How deep do your pieces usually end up?  What papers do you like and where do you get them?  I'm so glad Animaxion connected us!  (Isn't her quilling lovely?  Such color and movement!) 
Welcome back to Michigan - I hope this winter won't discourage you.  We're starting to see bare ground here, but our sibs in the Upper Peninsula still have snow more than four feet deep on the ground.  I hope you have just as much snow as you can enjoy.
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Pen-umbra Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Artist
Yes, I love Animaxion's quilling! So thrilled to discover two fabulous paper artists this week! :) I'm so glad you want to talk shop too! I don't know many people who work with paper, so I love to compare notes when possible. I use YesPaste for the glue, but it's hideously messy and I suspect not as stable as superglue. However, I don't know what the acidity is like with superglue--as far as I know, it's not archival quality. So YesPaste it is--for now. It does have some pluses, in that it's malleable when semi-dry, and practically plastic when fully dry. But use the wrong amount and it's very brittle.

For supports, I use balsa wood. Just buy a long square stick of it and cut it in cubes. Then I just use that and the paper to create a sort of scaffolding. I glue the supports right on to the paper, unless it's an unusally large piece of paper and then I use a thin sheet of balsa wood for stability. I worry about archival longevity a lot so I'll coat the balsa wood with a thick layer of glue so it doesn't directly touch the paper.

The depth depends on the frame. Mostly just 1" deep, but I've had some that are 2.5" deep and I'm currently working on one that's 4". I use scrapbooking paper mostly, since, again, it's archival quality. No acid or lenin (I don't know what that is, but I'm told it's bad...). I can usually find what I need at Michaels (you don't have to buy the books of paper. The specialty paper can be bought individually), but sometimes I find a piece of wrapping paper or a shopping bag that just NEEDS to be framed... I finish off the piece by spraying it with a UV protector. Careful with that, though, if you're going to use it. I didn't shake the can well enough once and it sprayed the whole thing white! Took forever to clean it... If you do it right, though, it's clear.

Are there any particular tools or techniques you favor? I find myself changing the pattern of things with each piece. I haven't quite settled on anything in particular.

Thank you! I'm guessing you're a Michigander as well, based off of the Michigan series you did? I love the UP, but with the winter we're (STILL) having, I'm rather relieved to not be a Yooper. I love cold weather and snow, but I'm ready for warm weather soon! Sadly, I think the lake is going to take all summer to warm up for swimming...
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