is is the Ramble
about the building of themes within the chop and toss technique.
What say you're a
purple, blue and pink fan. You like feathers. Then make a
skinner blend of purple, blue and pink and do jellyrolls and
then reduce to a lace cane, lean it over for feathers, and
that's one cane, set that aside. Take complimentary colors of
red and white and do a skinner blend jellyroll and make a Leigh
rose, set that aside. Take all your trim and chop and toss that.
What else could you put with this theme? Flowers? Leaves? A bit
of blue sky?
What say you like under
the sea sort of themes. Well we have the abalone shell mix,
that's one element. If you take different colors of blue and
green and chop them in the food processor and keep it crumbly,
set that aside as an element. What else is found in the sea?
Coral, pearls, fish of all sorts. Do an angel fish with the
zebra cane technique done as a chevron. Do wild blends of bright
cobalt blue and bright yellow, jellyroll a ribbon of those two
blended colors, but before you finish rolling you add a black
snake of an eye. Want to get fancy you add a snake of black for
and eye and add a half moon of glow in the dark under it. There
are fish that have pockets under their eyes filled bacteria that
glow in the dark as well. Reduce to the size you want the fish
shape to be, and just slice those in disks. If you tossed
abalone disks, crumbly sea water sprinkles, a bit of coral and
pearl and then tossed in the fish. Give it all a toss and see
what sort of under the sea randomness you can get. Oh sea weed,
how could I forget sea weed?
What you choose, the
shapes of the designs, the colors, that will put your personal
touch on this technique. No two people come up with anything
that looks remotely like any one else's. That's because we are
picking our favorite colors, our favorite themes.
Someone had said
somewhere else that the Donna Kato make up brush project that
was just on Carol Duval was "labor intensive".
I say don't even think
that way. You can't count the steps you just got to keep on
keeping on, catching the vision that is in your head, capture
those colors, make those canes that have significance to you.
And go chop and toss and find images.
When you find a mirror
image it will suggest a scene. If you see a figure in the scene
push it from the back and bring it forth. If you see that a part
of the scene is in the background of what you see then from the
front bend that part back and away from your figure in the
Make a mounds of clay
balls that make forehead, cheek bones, chins and noses and drape
a sheet over it with the face you found in the patterns of the
That's where you can
take this. If you've never met Beary the LoungeBear, now's a
His face is chop
and toss left overs from the Sassy the Cat Cane,
suit is made with
Tongues of Fire in the Manderin Mandalla style.
He's a louse, and we've
all met him at one time or another. LOL
In summary, I look at
the whole process of chop and toss as seen in the new album as
"prep". Like you prep food before cooking a big dinner. Getting
it to the point where there are mirror images to work with is
just the beginning. Or the end of the beginning like Churchill
"This is not the end.
This is not the beginning of the end. Suffice it to say this is
the end of the beginning."
I have three ceramic
tiles of things made with this mix. All I can think of is the
next mix I want to make.