Thermography 9x9 Brandi Malarkey, Artist. ItsAllMalarkey.com

Texture and Thermography

So remember when I got all excited about my embossing powders and was proud of my spider and butterfly? I then did up a bunch of sketches that sat there collecting dust while I ran around town trying to convince people to vote for me. Now that the election is over, I have spent the last week and a half turning them into what they were supposed to be. Also, despite the fact that the embossing powders themselves think they are embossing, it is really a totally different process. Apparently printing with powders is called thermography. Who knew? I am learning all the time, and now have more research to do–because these are fun to play with!

I started by making companion pieces to the two I had already done. Because if you do a pair then it is deliberate, not a random experiment, right? Exactly.

Here they are:

Garden Spider 1. Thermography 6x6 Brandi Malarkey, Artist. ItsAllMalarkey.com Thermography 9x9 Brandi Malarkey, Artist. ItsAllMalarkey.com

 

Thermography 6x6 Brandi Malarkey, Artist. ItsAllMalarkey.com Lycorea ilione. Thermography 9x9 Brandi Malarkey, Artist. ItsAllMalarkey.com

 

The thing about doing the butterflies like this, is that it really focuses on the huge amount of variation. So then I got excited and decided to do a series based on my butterfly collection, taking out the color and highlighting the shapes and the patterns. Apparently I really am a bug person, because I am SO excited by these! Each is about 5×5 on a 9×9 piece of paper with lots of petal and plant bit inclusions. Framed the same and hung together like this, really does make those variations stand out, doesn’t it? I am so pleased with how they turned out! Of course if I had sensibly done just ink drawings, or paint outlines, these would have all been very simple and fast to do. However, why do it the easy way when there is a more complex and time consuming process available? I am in love with the texture that thermography provides, and you don’t get that with a simple ink or paint sketch.

Thermography 9x9 Brandi Malarkey, Artist. ItsAllMalarkey.com

Butterfly collection
Thermography
9×9 each

Here they all are individually, because then you can at least see a little bit of the texture and the inclusions in the scans.

Diaethria clymena. Thermography 9x9 Brandi Malarkey, Artist. ItsAllMalarkey.com

Diaethria clymena
Thermography
9×9

Heliconius erato. Thermography 9x9 Brandi Malarkey, Artist. ItsAllMalarkey.com

Heliconius erato
Thermography
9×9

Siproeta epaphus. Thermography 9x9 Brandi Malarkey, Artist. ItsAllMalarkey.com

Siproeta epaphus
Thermography
9×9

Archaeoprepona demophoon. Thermography 9x9 Brandi Malarkey, Artist. ItsAllMalarkey.com

Archaeoprepona demophoon
Thermography
9×9

Callicore felderi. Thermography 9x9 Brandi Malarkey, Artist. ItsAllMalarkey.com

Callicore felderi
Thermography
9×9

Heraclides androgeus. Thermography 9x9 Brandi Malarkey, Artist. ItsAllMalarkey.com

Heraclides androgeus
Thermography
9×9

Callicore cynosura. Thermography 9x9 Brandi Malarkey, Artist. ItsAllMalarkey.com

Callicore cynosura
Thermography
9×9

Colobura annulata. Thermography 9x9 Brandi Malarkey, Artist. ItsAllMalarkey.com

Colobura annulata
Thermography
9×9

Metamorpha elissa. Thermography 9x9 Brandi Malarkey, Artist. ItsAllMalarkey.com

Metamorpha elissa
Thermography
9×9

Napeocles jucunda. Thermography 9x9 Brandi Malarkey, Artist. ItsAllMalarkey.com

Napeocles jucunda
Thermography
9×9

Heraclides astyalus. Thermography 9x9 Brandi Malarkey, Artist. ItsAllMalarkey.com

Heraclides astyalus
Thermography
9×9

Hamadryas laodamia. Thermography 9x9 Brandi Malarkey, Artist. ItsAllMalarkey.com

Hamadryas laodamia
Thermography
9×9

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