Monday, 30 April 2012
MESSY BOOK - ICE IS NICE
This is an experiment that's not suggested in the Mess Book, and I've never done it before, but I encourage you to have a go. I warn you, this is a long post, but it's the only way I can describe the process.
A week or so ago I did the initial freezing of a small block of ice-plus-paint in a plastic tub about 4" x 3". First I froze a thin layer of water (in the freezer), then squirted red and yellow watercolour paint from a tube onto it, covered it with just enough water and froze that level. I did a few other levels of ice in the same way, but with different colours.
Yesterday I tipped the ice out into a strong plastic bag and hammered the daylights out of it, because I thought it would take forever to melt on the paper otherwise.
I knew the whole procedure would be very wet and I couldn't see any way of doing it in the book without making all the pages soggy, so I used a piece of photocopier paper cut in two, put each piece on an old plate and then poured the ice pieces over each of them. Whoops, I thought, too much ice per page and it all looks green - failure ahead (positive thinking mode in use!).
So I shoved them both in the airing cupboard and left them all day, except for the odd check visit, during which I poured off as much water as possible and put paper kitchen towel underneath them.
Here's the first one when it was completely dry - wow, I am pleased with that, the green watery area has turned blue. Not all of the tube paint has dissolved and gives lovely bright areas of colour.
And here's the smaller one. I like the look of this one sideways on.
I have a feeling the lumps of solid paint will crack and flake off, but this will add to the unexpected result in the true Andy Goldsworthy spirit. Really quite pleased with the experiment.
JUST ONE SAD NOTE IN THE DAY: Tree surgeons are bit by bit sawing down a big old tree (about 60 ft high) in the grounds of the building opposite. It's very old, but looks fine, so I can only assume that the dreaded 'elf-and-safety' has kicked in. Very sad.