Paintings on Handmade Paper

in #art2 years ago (edited)


These are some paintings that I created on my own handmade paper.

The first thing I want to let you know is that I was absolutely terrible at making my own paper. The mess I made, the equipment I ruined, and the sheer amount of water wasted made it a poor investment of time, energy and resources. And after a while I quit and ended up with a tub of rotting paper water that sat on my deck for an embarrassing length of time...

But anyways the paintings were kind of fun in a difficult to paint kind of way, due to my crappy paper making techniques. First I coated the "paper" with gesso, then after that had dried I used a bright red marker to draw the initial sketch, then painted it in with some leftover silkscreen ink I had laying around. A final wash of watercolour and black marker for the dropkick painting and Voila! Fine Art!

Fine Art in the sense that it's always been on the verge of falling apart... On the other hand, I've had these since 2005 and they're still holding up, so maybe more durable than I figured. Who knows, maybe I'll sell them someday to someone who appreciates a tragic story...

"Old Warrior"


On a positive note, I do kind of miss those messy days of hand making/wrecking things.... It's been awhile since I created anything this way. With the exception of some sketches, the visual art I create these days is digital. Think it's time to get back to my clumsy roots.


Writing and images by Greg McCann, the author of this post and owner of this Steemit Channel. To view more of my work, please visit



Now, regardless of outcome with your art, since that's going to be an eye of the beholder deal, you get major points for even attempting to make your own paper. That's awesome. And then do something with it. That's even more awesome.

I feel like I have been wasting my life. Why haven't I tried making my own paper?!

I'm glad I stumbled upon this. Any story behind painting MMA/wrestling/boxer types?

I don't know why you haven't tried making your own paper. But don't say I didn't warn you :)
Thinking back, the inspiration for these paintings was a comic called Arriba! The Parkdale Wrestler, by Stacey Case and various artists. Couldn't find anything about it online. Got the copy tucked away somewheres... In the meantime here's one of the Parkdale Wrestler Super 8 movies.

Super 8—nice. Okay, well this explains a lot. I was thinking you might have been into pro wrestling or boxing, and I guess you may be, given you've got the comic book. It's fascinating what we all end up using as inspiration for the things we create.

Well, I definitely remember the days of Hulkamania... And Andy Kaufman.

The sweet science has always had an appeal to me, but I never followed it religiously.

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