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Branches and Lace by cloutierj
Branches and Lace
Playing around with lines and textures.  I love that Amate bark lace paper.  The green is a Thai Momi marble, with some gold metallic on it. 

24" x 12".  Amate bark paper, Thai marble, Lokta
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Hot Cocoa by cloutierj
Hot Cocoa
One more steamy picture, and then I'm going to work on something with color!  But I do love the textures and shadows of the white pieces.

Bristol board and unryu, with a translucent shimmery 'paper' for the snowflakes.  I cut out the frost shapes in one piece of Bristol board and embossed my background into that template, using a light table. 

12" x 12". 
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Rose Hip Tea by cloutierj
Rose Hip Tea
This is turning out to be a fun idea to play around with; the textures and shadows and just a touch of color.  Bristol board, cut and shaped for the cup and saucer, with cranberry Lokta behind the cutouts, and embossed for the background, and white Unyru cloud paper for the steam. 

12" x 12"
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Tea by cloutierj
Tea
steamy tea.  I used plain white Bristol board for most of this, with unryu cloud paper for the steam and the surround.  I cut through the saucer and glued sage green lokta behind it for the decorations on the saucer.  The background is embossed - I cut the pattern out of one piece of Bristol board, laid another piece over that on a light table, and pressed around the edges of the openings. 

That was fun - it's been a long time since I worked white-on-white.  Hurray for long weekends!

12" x 12"
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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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