Round and Round

Experimenting with magical molding paste, which covers a multitude of sins! This painting began as this piece, which I made during the summer. I was never really happy with it, so I decided to mix gesso with molding paste, cover it up, and see what else I could conjure.

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After about a year of working with watercolor, I’m appreciating the properties of acrylic paint and its various mediums. I really like the idea that I can create a painting on a canvas, cover it all up and start again. This one may be covered up one day too! Nice to have that option. I’m finding watercolor paper is also a good substrate for acrylic work. Bonus!

Have a creatively fulfilling Sunday. Peace.

60 thoughts on “Round and Round

            1. Yes! That’s all that matters! I know no experts but I think you have a great sense, which is why I asked. I’m glad you don’t think it’s too busy. I added the molding paste on top in white to tone it down. Didn’t take a photo prior but I think it helped.

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  1. I think this painting is much better than the earlier one, because I think it’s gone from being a series of grouped designs to forming a whole unified image. I really like it and I think it offers more to the viewer than the earlier version. Just my opinion. But, I really like the depths it has.

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  2. Yay, I love the paste stuff, great idea, loads of texture is always good. There must be something in the air, as I am on canvases at the moment too….only much slower than your process as I’m with the oil. I will post soon hopefully in the next few days ( depends on how the paint behaves)

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    1. Looking forward to it, Rebecca! Someone told me I should try oil paint…..hehe. I’m trying not to buy more art supplies, but not ruling it out. I would need to avoid the chemical thinners though. Someone told me that’s doable now…. Yeah, that texture paste is wonderment!

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      1. Yay, you should give it a go, you can get water soluble oils now, or odourless thinners, have a look about for what suits you. I admire your acrylic work as I find the stuff awkward. I love the wood idea, in fact I have some slate tiles in my garden that I collected two years ago, with the intention of painting on them…..just never got around to it, or forget! They are probably green with moss covering now, so a big clean required πŸ˜€

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        1. Ok, so question……if acrylics are awkward, why aren’t oils the same? Don’t they have similar textures? I do prefer the flow of watercolor for sure, but I like that I can cover up mistakes in acrylic and it won’t take long to dry (I have no patience). I also like all of the acrylic mediums because it brings out the little kid in me lol!

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          1. The acrylic I find dry so quick that blending the same colour is hard once it is dry…..which can be within an hr on the pallette…..I know you can buy many mediums, but it just never stops with the things we NEED to buy. With oils I do often use a fast dry, but it is not as fast as acrylic. I like the way the oil appears to go further than acrylic, but it is probably me not using properly. The flip side, I love acrylic for the texture you can achieve, and then fast dry is helpful, I guess really they are totally different and oils suit my style of using the paint more.

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                1. Seriously! I know what you man about having so many supplies to buy, but with acrylic glazing liquid and maybe an open thinner to extend the time……may be all you need. I’ve placed an order for these things too (a starter set of a whole bunch of mediums in small bottles) and so the stuff I’ve done so far in acrylic, I’ve not used anything but a bit of water here and there to thin, but I hope my work starts improving once I try her techniques. And she spends lots of time on all the different texture pastes and that. Oh, wonderful stuff! I could live in the art supply store lol.

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                    1. Yay!! Yes I recently re-subscribed just for this month. Debora Stewart and Chris Cozen videos alone are worth the money. They are arranged by medium and also by artist. You may find oodles of inspiration in the oil area too! But aren’t Debora’s paintings incredible?!

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                    2. Yes they are, grrr now I might just have to subscribe, problem is I am waiting on an order to arrive today from SAA, cause I bought some new stuff, not sure I can afford to subscribe yet, a month sounds good, so I might wait till I have my two weeks off at Easter, then I will have time to watch them, and relax, better money is well spent, that way πŸ˜€

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                    3. No doubt!!! You will love. But I know there is a youtube of her that’s over an hour and free. It was a webinar originally and you’ll see tons of her work in stills throughout. If I were on my PC I’d give u a link. Gotta head to the shower. I’m so glad you love her stuff!

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  3. I love that you keep trying new things…and work can always evolve. Much easier with acrylic than watercolor! although collage is always available for those…this looks like the sea to me. (K)

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    1. Thanks Kerfe. It’s on my mind most every day so it’s probably made its way in. πŸ’œ I can’t believe how much I’m loving the acrylics. Will wonders never cease?! I do love trying new things; can’t seem to stop really. Need to buy stock in Blick lol.

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