I’m in love with Golden paints. Just head over heels for them! I hope my cooing and gurgling won’t be too loud for you. This is acrylic on a 5 x 7″ piece of Claybord by Ampersand.
I started with a thin layer of Golden molding paste. Before it was dry, I added lines suggesting a random grid pattern with my palette knife, then used the flat of the knife to add web-like texture here and there. (Note: This molding paste is not the same product as the light molding paste I’ve used to paint watercolor on. This one is heavier and creates a non-absorbent surface.) I wanted another deep, dark surface, similar to the black gesso I used to create yesterday’s underpainting. So I went with some dark colors such as quinacridone burnt orange, van dyke brown and even threw in a bright one (diarylide yellow, a favorite; you’ll see it there in the top center area of the painting as well).
This painting feels to me like a patchwork quilt, without needles, pins, or fighting a machine. Triple win! I really enjoyed using the lines created by the palette knife to help me build the structure of the composition. Iridescent copper fine played an important role, as did interference violet (love the interference colors!) and Golden’s broad range of purples, oranges and others (quinacridone crimson, quin violet, quin burnt orange, quin crimson, micaceous iron oxide, diarylide yellow, cobalt violet hue, green gold, van dyke brown). It is like playing in a sandbox of color every time I sit down with these paints! It’s like being surrounded by a bunch of toys you never tire of. What could be better? (Note: As I am a Blick affiliate, purchases from these links will help support my site.)
If you’re interested in dipping your toe in the wonderful world of acrylic paint and texture mediums, I can recommend any book or DVD by Chris Cozen. I think Artist’s Network TV (where her videos are featured) is a bargain at under $20/month. All of the major mediums are covered, and you will never need to go elsewhere for inspiration!
I hope you are rocking into Monday morning. I think your art supplies may be calling you! Peace.