How I've missed having a good Art Deckle! We always had them available in art school, but for my studio it always seemed like a frivolous expense. Since I've been painting more work on paper lately, though, it seemed like an appropriate thing to have on hand. And so, I finally have that simple but effective tool happily residing on my table!
Monday, September 6, 2010
What is an art deckle? It's basically an artist's straight edge (shown above with the bottom edge straight and top edge ragged) allowing you to tear your quality art papers to give them that lovely ragged hand-made paper look (shown below).
"A Little Hidden Treasure"
Original ART Available on ETSY
For my Acrylic paintings I use either an Arches Cold Press Watercolor paper or their more versatile mixed media paper. Since I buy my paper in large rolls, I have to cut it to size for the paintings I'm doing. I use my carpenter's square to measure the correct size and mark the edges with pencil. (The square helps me to ensure right angles on the corners.) I then line up the art deckle along the line (deckle side to the right, as I'm right-handed), wet the paper along the deckle with water using a paintbrush, hold the deckle down firmly with one hand and pull the paper up from the top right corner finishing toward me until the paper is completely cut. Presto. Paper fit to leave un-matted!
After I have my paper in the appropriate sizes, I then lay them out and coat them with a layer or 2 of gesso. The gesso gives the paper a little more weight and prevents the acrylics from soaking thru to the back of the paper.
I now have 5 papers prepped and drying and I'm looking forward to painting on them tomorrow!
Happy Painting (and deckling)!
Posted by Jennifer Lommers at 7:24 PM