Monday, February 23, 2009

Red Rosin, Red Rosin

Anyone who's taken a class with Lynne Perrella know about red rosin paper. It comes on a huge roll of a gazillion feet and costs around $8.00 or $9.00 at your local Home Depot or Lowe's. It's used by house painters to cover flooring to catch the inevitable drips and spills. But... gesso it, add layer after layer after layer of paint, texture, and collage - and then add some more - and WOW! The results are truly magnificent. This humble paper takes on a fabric or leather-like feel and becomes a work of art.

These are the two red rosin pieces I did with Lynne at the Taos workshop. In the top one,
Path to Hades, I covered the entire paper with cheesecloth, sandwiched between two layers of gesso, allowing the cloth to extend beyond the edges of the paper. The bottom piece, "Doorway to Paradise" makes extensive use of diamond shapes and cord embedded in the gesso undercoat.

Lynne Perrella


  1. What an amazing process, all those layers working in sync to turn the most ordinary of papers into extraordinary art!

  2. Erin, All the time I've known Lynne - and heard about the paper - I've never tried it. Your lower piece especially has a very jewel-like quality, as though the colors were shining through and not coming from the attached pieces. Have you tried any more since you got home? And thanks so much for listing my blog. Gratitude and blessings.

  3. These look fantastic Erin...jewel like! I was lucky enough to do this in a class with Lynne several years ago and remember how much fun it was!