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Video: The Soufflage Process

A look at how I do Soufflage to start building a painting.

One of favorite techniques at the moment is Soufflage, which is a surrealist technique invented by Jimmy Ernst around 1940. Since I’m always caught up in my head and overthink everything, it’s nice to let go and just blow ink around to see what images develop. (Traditional Soufflage was done by blowing paint.) After that, I let it sit for a while as I decide what I see in the ink, and then build a painting around that.

I find this part of the process quite relaxing, so I hope you find watching to be relaxing as well. Here I’m showing it at 2x speed to keep the video from being 10 minutes long. Enjoy! And I’d love to hear what you see in the ink, feel free to tell me in the comments.

 

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