Thursday, February 26, 2015

splotch monster minis!

In addition to making some Splotch Monster ATCs/ACEOs, I've been working with something I call Splotch Monster Minis, which measure in at 2.5 x 1.5 inches. For these and the standard-sized ATCs, I've used a mix of Prang glitter and metallic watercolors. I've found they are surprisingly lightfast, however, you want to avoid too much, if any contact on the painted surface, as they may smear a bit, even after they have officially dried to the paper surface. My advice to any serious collectors of any kind of watercolor piece, is to get it framed professionally, using glass that is UVB-proof. I've had lots of luck with AC Moore's professional framing services, as they offer some insanely good discounts throughout the year and do an all around great job in helping to determine the frame and style that best suits your work. The best way to go, if you're willing to spend a few extra bucks, is their museum quality glass, which looks almost nonexistent. If the serious framing of small, low-brow works of art seems absurd, keeping them stored in acid-free credit card holders (available at most good office supply stores) can be a more practical option. Of course, keeping the work out of a space that is too warm is a good idea as well. In the meantime, I'll be making more of these to sell at the upcoming SMUDGE Comics-arts Expo at Artisphere in March. See HERE for more information.