Salted Squid 1

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Salted Squid 1, art by Amy Crook

Salted Squid 1, art by Amy Crook

More of my experiments with making salt into Actual Things, we have a happy little squid! He’s got his feeder tentacles tucked away, but you can count all 8 arms waving cheerily at you from out of the blue. He’s surrounded by colorful coral, or maybe iridescent bubbles, made using salt that had acquired a coat of paint from other pieces and then been saved. The squid is faintly green, but there was a lot of him to spread out a little bit of watercolor pigment, so you’ll have to forgive his pale complexion.

Salted Squid 1, 5.5″x4.25″ pen & ink, watercolor, and salt on paper.

You can see below how the paper gained some fascinating texture in the places where the salt pools formed — that’s because sometimes the salt crystals form inside the paper instead of on top.

Salted Squid 1, detail, by Amy Crook

Salted Squid 1, detail, by Amy Crook

This cutie insisted to me that he doesn’t need a frame to be awesome, and I’m inclined to agree — the paper’s got a bit of a curve, and it tucks quite nicely onto a shelf. He enjoyed hanging out with my duckies so much, I’ve left him there for the moment. These days I make so much art that I keep swapping out what’s on display.

Salted Squid 1, in situ, by Amy Crook

Salted Squid 1, in situ, by Amy Crook

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