|The Art of Scanning|
"For this help page i was using a hp scanjet 3530c. It's quite an old model and i wouldn't recommend it as the best printer for doing this kind of thing. The colours created aren't as vivid as the Canon scanners tend to be.
Firstly you have to make sure you create a way that the paint won't leak into the scanner.
I create my 'paintings' in various different ways all exploring the idea of abstract art but not in a typical sense. I explore how abstract I can make an art piece so I try to make it unpredictable what the outcome will be.
To do this I begin by pouring a liquid onto the scanner. Usually this will be water but i have tried oil, washing up liquid and various other substances in the past. In this image i used bubble solution.
I only put a small amount on,ust a drop or two, not enough to flood when the other liquids are applied. I then mix up watery solutions of acrylic paint as this gives the most vibrant colours. I find gouache and watercolour's become quite opaque which is a different effect than what i am exploring at present.
Then the next stage varies.
Ensure that the scanner is on an even surface otherwise the 'painting' will start to run and this can cause problems if it seeps over the edge into the scanner mechanism.
You can also add other substances to the paint. For this i have used glue, ink, and bubble solution.
Afterwards I can add more to it or remove the paint and start again!
Another way of doing this is by my new method with involves a sheet of glass.This glass is applied directly ontop of the paint on the scanner to create a vaccuum and seal the paint inside.