Ok, so what if I started Try it Tuesdays? I can still play can’t I?
Though I won’t be eligible for the prizes (hmmph!) .. I still look forward to all the new techniques that I can experiment with and incorporate into my art.
I’m rushing here today.. so don’t have time to elaborate, or clarify as much I’d like to… I’ll edit this post if/when I get a chance, so feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions!
# 1. Paint Colors Used: Yellow, Barn Red, Ivy Green
8″ x 10″ Canvas Panel
I wasn’t happy with this one until the stamping.. I didn’t like how my brushed edges had turned out so defined.. I was using good brushes, cause I couldn’t find a crappy one… I didn’t mist it, I held the spray close to the canvas, and sprayed it…then gently soaked up some of the excess water, let it sit for 5 minutes.. then I wiped away some of the heavier areas. I used all 3 washes over the gesso stamping, then blotted off lightly. It ended up with a batik feel to it. In the end, I wish I had added less water to the darkest color of paint.
# 2. Paint Colors Used: Yellow, Ivy Green, Barn Red
4″ x 4″ Canvas panel
On this one, I blotted up the excess paint vs. wiping it .. I preferred this method.. the paper towels I used, leave a neat, subtle texture. I left some of the brush stokes, and added more paint in that step as well. I used 2 of the color washes over the gesso stamping. It kinda has that old world door feel to me. Not nuts on my edging again…will correct this when i complete it as a finished piece.
# 3. Paint Colors Used: Yellow, Lime Green, Ivy Green
8″ x 8″ Canvas Panel
On this one, I love the colors together.. I prefer the more monochromatic look I think .. it seems to have a bit more depth to it. I blotted up with a textured paper towel on the 3rd step .. when I sprayed it, I used a heavy mist.. and it basically just puddled up .. so blotting some of the excess water, helped achieve the water stained “magic” look. A lighter mist, may have been more successful.. The yellow wash was used over the gesso stamping, then lightly wiped away in spots.
# 4. Paint Colors Used: Yellow, Williamsburg Blue, Ivy Green
8″ x 8″ Canvas Panel
Again, I don’t like how I did the edges.. I may try this technique again tomorrow, and do this step differently. But, i think the stamping helped to blend that part. I applied the water spray part twice to this piece.. soaked up some vs. wiping away .. and then used the heat gun.. i really like how the heat gun moves the wash around.. that’s something I’ll definitely start using frequently in my work. Over the gesso.. I just lightly, and randomly applied the yellow wash.
# 5. Paint Colors Used: Yellow, Williamsburg Blue, Ivy Green, Barn Red
140lb. Watercolor Paper Journal Page
I really wanted to just use up my washes, and experiment on more on this one.. I didn’t gesso the page at all.. and the paint did soak in too much, and too quickly to really apply the technique the proper way.. I do like the addition of another color.. and can see myself using the base technique with more colors on a regular basis. At the end.. I smooshed the different color washes throughout the page, and it gave it a softer feel.
All in all.. I LOVED this background technique (Thanks Karyn!) .. I learned a few lessons (water amounts, how to wipe up the paint effectively, softer edges) .. and have a zillion ideas of ways to utilize this and personalize it.. I’m going to try it over old text, and other collage methods as well. I’ll update y’all once I finish these into a piece of altered art!
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Happy Creating! – Chrysti
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