Magnificent Minerals

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Recently I visited  the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and I spent hours  just staring in amazement at the beauty of the minerals on display. I want to create a body of work which is inspired by the patterns, colour and texture of these minerals, so I’ve been experimenting with various media to see if I can replicate them.

Been playing with watercolours and inks again, this time adding bleach and salt. Love how the pigment separates and the bleach leaves a yellow tinge to the page.  Inspired by the phosphate mineral Turquoise.

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I’ve also had fun experimenting with PVA glue, paint and salt. I’ve painted areas of PVA and added acrylic paint, ink  and salt into them and left them to dry for a week. Once dry, the PVA takes on a transparent appearance and the colour is contained within the dried form, giving almost a marbled effect. The salt remains crystallized within the PVA, or that which lies on the surface gives a textural effect similar to the mineral grains which I want to portray. I think this technique is effective to represent the colour and texture, streaks, grains, luster etc.  I also placed it over the watercolour background and I quite like the contrast between the dull paper and the shiny PVA shape. This is something I will investigate further, perhaps attaching something similar to canvas.

 

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