Thursday saw the first of our Zoom link up’s for those who have subscribed to Let’s Create. It was an interesting and spice full discussion.
Pratap introduced the concept of painting with spices. Before long I was getting what’s apps from the Pratap home laboratory.
Painting with Indian Spices! During the Zoom Let’s Create meeting I had suggested that it may be interesting to use ndian spices as a medium to do watercolour. I have tried it now and I think the result is interesting. This abstract ‘painting’ shows that because spices are partly water soluble it is possible to paint with it. The granules of the spice create an interesting texture I have used Turmeric, Chilli Power, Cumin Power, Ground Ginger, Ground Cloves etc. Of the three primary colours, blue is not possible with spices; I have used a touch of Cadmium Blue. My initial attempt produced a very flaky result and the spices did not stick to the paper. Subsequently I added children’s art and craft PVA flue. I guess some form of professional fixative will produce a more stable texture. – Pratap Mehta.
I am about to create a few ‘puddles’ and microwave for a few seconds. I don’t really know how ‘cooked’ spices behave. What I do not want to do is totally ‘melt’ the spice granules – watch this space!! – Pratap Mehta
The first Let’s Create project was to use the scumbling method, wet in wet, wet on dry, or dry and create! I gave bottles as the objects to play with merely so as to have an object to paint. The remit was to create your own bottles or bottles, fill it or not, create a complete painting or not; and then to design the label.
I will be putting the ideas onto the Let’s Create gallery so watch this space.