We might baulk at copying another artist's work too blatantly but some of the best people have done it! I discovered this beautiful piece by Van Gogh last night. I thought I was quite familiar with his work but somehow I've never seen this before. The Blooming Plum Tree painted in 1887 was copied from the Hiroshige original of 1857. Isn't it beautiful?
Van Gogh tweaked the colours and added borders but otherwise it's pretty close to the Hiroshige! You can see it in detail at google art project
Annabel, I couldn't help but think of you and your gold leaf and bamboo drawings when I saw this other Japanese inspired Van Gogh.
I know I can't follow that! but from the sublime to the everyday, here's what I've been playing with lately. I've waxed hand made papers that have fortune cookie wrappers embedded in them and I'm quite pleased with the way the vulgar colours have muted.
The red of the wrappers really ran in the wet pulp and not being a big fan of pink I think these sheets of metal leaf are probably easier to live with.
I'm thinking stitched collage but the ideas are not resolved yet - I'll keep you posted! Linda