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Jane Cloutier
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Wow!  I am overwhelmed.  I have been so busy elsewhere and so inactive here, and I just happened to look at my messages this evening and - wow.  I had no idea that I had won a DD, and I'm thrilled and honored, and, just, overwhelmed.  All the kind comments and attention and notes - wow.  I will try to answer questions, and I thank every one of you who has enjoyed my work for taking a look.  

Wow.

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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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cloutierj Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Oh, goodie, shop talk!

I never heard of YesPaste before.  I usually use bookbinders' PVA.  I learned about it in various book arts classes at Hollanders in Ann Arbor - they sell it in thick (which I love - it grabs quick and only requires a tiny dab) and regular (which spreads easily, when I need to stick two sheets together).  It's archival quality, cleans up with water, and doesn't smell, which is one of the things I like best about it.  It stays flexible when it dries, whether it's thick or thin.

Recently I was introduced to PPA, which is popular with collage artists.  It can be spread on a surface without changing the appearance of the paper.  It's slower to dry, so I don't use it much, but I can see that in the right place it would be just the thing.

Let's see, supports - I never thought of balsa wood!  I use strips of foam board around the edges and where it can't show.  Dick Blick sells an acid-free version, in different thicknesses.  But where the support might be visible, I fold up a hollow rod of paper and stick that in behind.  Almost invisible!

I think the deepest I've gone has been about an inch and a half, and I had to have a frame built for that.  Usually a piece is about 3/4 inch deep.  That way I can use Nielsen-Bainbridge #22 frames, which I order online.  What do you use for your deep frames? 

And papers!  Lovely papers!  I love the bright colors in your pieces, but my own work is usually more subdued.   I think my favorite combination is smooth Stardream metallic with its soft gleam and a rough, textured Amate bark paper.  I use a lot of Lokta bark paper, and some of the lace papers.  Something standard like Stardream I can order online, but the bark papers vary so much in a batch, I like to go to Hollanders and pick it out.  Tho there's a place in Arizona where the owner is so helpful, she'll go through a stack to pick out dark ones or light ones, or sheets with a lot of blue - whatever - to send me just what I ask for.  That's at www.paperarts.com/index.cfm. ( I hope this doesn't sound like advertising; it's just what I use and love.)

Papers that are new to me, I usually stick up in a spot that gets some sun and wait a few months.  If it fades, I don't use it. 

I've never tried the UV protector.  Does it leave a matte finish, or is it shiny?

One technique I like is pressing the paper, once the pieces are cut out, into a rubbery block like SoftCut with a wooden clay-shaping tool to sort of emboss it into a rounded shape.  It really makes a difference to how the metallics catch the light, and even to the shadows in the bark papers.

What do you use for a base layer?  I started building things up on matboard, then switched to artists' hardboard.  It's heavier, but feels a lot more stable, especially for larger pieces.

Yep, I've been in Michigan for about forty years.  My in-laws are in the U.P., but I'm glad to be downstate, where winter doesn't last quite as long.  I enjoyed snowshoing this winter, and the beautiful snow, but right now I am so eager to get out in my garden!  And out to the trails and rivers, eventually, but garden first.
 
You've been so many places!  Any destination goals in MI?
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MO-ffie Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Your work is wonderful!!
So pleased to have come across your gallery. :)
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cloutierj Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Thank you!  I'm so pleased you did - it let me discover yours!  I love your ideas, and textures.  And the shapes of your animals are so lively, and expressive, and true.  Beautiful work!
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MO-ffie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
And thank you right back for the compliments! :D
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