Cornelia Baciu, 33, from Romania uses watercolors and the smoke from a burning candle in her art. She explained to Tempo that the smoke of the burning candle creates a delicate effect and contributes to a dreamy and fluid presence. She uses different brushes and tools to handle the smoke traces on paper. In some pieces she enhances certain effects using gold leaf and in others she uses unconventional materials like silicone to create intriguing textures. 

Painting with smoke or “fumage” is a surrealist technique popularized by Wolfgang Paalen in which impressions are made by the smoke of a candle or kerosene lamp on a piece of paper or canvas. Salvador Dali later utilized the technique in his paintings, calling the technique “sfumato”.

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