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Hothouse 7: Collecting

Hothouse 7: Collecting

Hothouse 7: Collecting

The following is a guest post by Aimée van Drimmelen as part of the Hothouse Program.


I figured the most effective way to animate my background and several other inky/watery sequences in my piece would be by doing it on drumskins. I’ve worked a lot on drumskins over the years (see some here), and one advantage is that water doesn’t soak into the surface, so you have more time to move and manipulate the inks and colours before they dry. I’ll also be using a couple drumskins to help create a diffused light source for my stop motion sequences. They’re the perfect shape and opacity!

I always try to use recuperated skins when possible. Here’s one I recently acquired, which I can’t use for this project due to the stickers, but I still think is pretty cool. Fingers crossed some farmer sees my Kijiji posts and has a barn filled with old drum heads I can take, asap. In the meantime I’m going to start some experimenting on the few I already stockpiled, and maybe a couple new ones…

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  1. Hi Jason! I got into painting skins through friends in Montreal who played drums. I can’t remember how the idea came up – I think at a party – but suddenly I had a few used bass drumskins to experiment on. The results worked really well, and now they are my favourite objects to draw/paint on.

  2. Loving the drum skins – how did you get into painting on drum skins? Are you a drummer?

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