Jewel-tone Textured Patchwork in Acrylic

This is acrylic on an 8 x 10″ canvas.    I am feeling the need to go even larger, thanks to encouragement from Debi, Dawn, Jodi, Graham, and so many others. Thank you for your encouragement!   I am enjoying it. It’s hard to believe I started on 4 x 4″ squares.


Lately, I am enjoying combining acrylic texture products with a rich, dark underpainting to give me a good foundation and lots of depth from the start.    I started this one by combining Golden heavy gel with a bit of soft gel to produce a product with lots of body to it.    I laid it on the canvas with a palette knife, and cut random lines into the surface while it was still wet.   Once dry, I mixed a few drops of teal and turquoise india ink by Dr. Ph. Martin with (mainly) viridian acrylic heavy body paint by M. Graham and added that to the surface.   Once that dried, I was off to the races with primarily Golden fluid acrylics.

I want to give special mention to a product by Golden that helps me get nice, soft blends.   It’s called acrylic glazing liquid and I wouldn’t want to paint very long in acrylics without it.   I learned about it by watching Chris Cozen and other artists on Artist’s Network TV.    It not only adds several minutes of open time to the paint, it makes a slick, luscious surface for the brush to glide across with no drag at all.   It can also act as an eraser when you put something down and don’t like it.   You can put a couple drops on a soft rag (or on a paint brush) and work the surface to lift up the paint, providing you get to it within a few minutes or so, and it hasn’t had time to really set.   Really love it.   (Note:   As a Dick Blick affiliate, purchases from these links help to support my site.)

I am not sure I have enough light areas in this piece, so any feedback on that would be particularly helpful.   I always appreciate your comments and visits, and want to thank everyone for taking a look at my work.   I feel privileged to be a member of the WordPress art community.   You all are the best.

Happy Wednesday, and enjoy a lovely June day in your part of the world.   Fling joy like you mean it!   Peace.

107 thoughts on “Jewel-tone Textured Patchwork in Acrylic

  1. Gosh this Knocks my Socks off!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe how far you have come with acrylics! These jewel tones are magnifico!!!! I see light in the left of center that I wonder if you could lighten just a teeeeeensy more (not that I know how or what I am talking about, but I see a bit of light and glow there that I wonder if it could be enhanced)… A gorgeous gallery addition Laura Loo! LOVVVVE it! I could so see this piece getting snagged up at your gallery showing!! 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you, Jodi! I think I see the area you’re talking about and I bet it could use some lightening. I finished this last night while watching the O’s and I think I may let it breathe for a bit before I go back to it. Have you played with your acrylics yet? I hope you’re having fun. Thanks for your sweet encouraging words! 💜

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  2. Oooh, more of those glowing colors! I like the lighter look about this one compared to the previous one. This one looks like the sun coming up over a colorful city. It’s got a very cheery feeling to me. Well done!

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  3. I am really liking your new abstract series. Those colors are great! Yup. Wonder what a 16 by 20 would feel like to you? Maybe a set of 4 matchingesque ones that can go together to make a huge painting!!!! Lol. Just kidding…well, not really. I’m serious. It would look really cool.

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    1. Thanks, Dawn! I think a 16×20 would feel good! I have some 20x20s and some 22x28s I got on clearance at Blick (their Utrecht line) and thinking about working on something with a beach theme next, possibly on the 22×28. Feeling bold! This one will be lighter though. Thanks for the encouragement!

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  4. Judith was right this, you’ve produced some magnificent “jewel” tones that combined with the soft glazing technique as you described is giving off some beautiful colors and light throughout. Beautiful work Laura!

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      1. I wouldn’t because there is a little drama being played with the light and dark values, lighting could take this effect away – unless your goal is to make it more muted. It’s a beautiful piece Laura.

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  5. Your colors are really beautiful, Laura! 😊🎨💕 I like using the glazing liquid when I do the Gelli printing too as it extends the paint and the drying time. I like your layers you achieved here. You go girl!! ✨🌟✨ Look forward to seeing those BIG paintings! WHOOT!! 😜

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    1. Tierney, it is wonderful! Almost like making a sculpture with the knife. Makes me feel like a kid again. I just love it. And the colors too, it’s all a great big playground for me. So glad you like it! I think quilts as I make these.


  6. This is so gorgeous!! 😍And what Kerfe said…was about to say it! It glows!! It’s that Viridian… I’ve been using it lately on my recent bugs. hehe… This is a stunning piece… I think I’ve lighted every one most that you’ve made glow with light light this with those pops of bright light color. Very nice!

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    1. Aw thank you Charlie! Yes, the iridescence on your beetles! We are so siblings!!! Is viridian how you’re getting that? Amazing stuff, huh? I love the light, the glowing…..makes me glow. Thank you again for your wonderful and kind feedback, bro 😘🙇

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  7. Hi Laura: I have enjoyed all your paintings this week and must tell you that they remind me of some trends I noticed last weekend. We went to Homerama here in town, which is a preview of newly built, grand houses upward to a million dollars!! I would never want to live in one of these grandiose houses, but I wouldn’t mind having a larger kitchen :). Anyhow, a lot of the finishes on the walls and art remind me of your paintings. There were lots of matte metallic finishes in artwork and even in faux finishes on the walls, and some of them made me think of you! Most had “points of light” as well as thin metallic threads/wires, large chinky glitter mixed in with the paint, and hints of glimmer and shimmer. I thought they would be so much fun to play with in the mounding paste, etc. I don’t know a lot about the mediums you use bit enjoy all the colors, contrast, textures, and light you achieve!

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    1. Wow, thanks so much for sharing this, Carol! That’s really interesting. It does sound like lots of fun. There is no end to what can be accomplished with these texture products, mediums and paints. Not sure if you have considered subscribing to Artist’s Network TV, but you’ll be blown away if you ever check out Chris Cozen’s videos on there. There are ten of them. Plus there are many other inspirational acrylic artist there too. May be worth a thought, if you’d like to learn more about this stuff. It really is a playground for color and texture. Pure joy is the best way I can describe it.

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  8. Laura – I can see the lovely cobalt teal blue shining through!! great textures and its fun to see you play with larger sizes and the palette knife…… with a bit of Klee inspiration in there too!! keep going!! woo hoo 🙂 3d

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          1. i’d suggest that your instinct was right on track… but just a wee bit….. its just a ‘tweak’
            there’s 2 spots which are the darker red on the very Far Left. and the dark red right at the very top, mid ppoint. if they were lightened; the eye would then come IN and stay IN. I don’t think you need white, or buff to add around the place.
            I squinted. I covered things. and the rest is ALL GOOD!!! 🙂

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            1. Thanks so much for taking another look. I totally forgot to squint. But when I do, nothing is leaping out. Honestly, this painting looks differently (even darker) sitting on a table than it does on the windowsill, which is where I took the picture. It was an overcast morning, but still, it grabbed a lot more light on the windowsill, and that is reflected in the photo that was posted.

              I do have a question about the eye. I was thinking that darkness around the border and light inside the picture would tend to keep the eye in, as it’s drawn to the light. But since lightening those areas would keep the eye in, I think I’m misunderstanding this. Can you explain, or direct me to a keyword search on your blog that would give me ideas for this? Whenever you have time, no rush. Thanks so much, Debi. 💜 (((((3d)))))

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              1. looking again. first. if nothing leaps out at YOU…. (the creator) do nothing!!
                second. my idea/perception here, really has to be taken in context. as not one other person, sees any thing to adjust. I CAN be mistaken!!
                third. my thoughts on design are; around the borders/perimeters things need to be subtle. neutral. softer. and, a lot less contrasty or Bright.
                the 2 spots I’d mentioned on those perimeter areas, could be (neutralized) lightened up by a tiny… smidge. a gentle nudge. so they were basically the same color, but just a toned down version. (maybe? a glaze?)
                fourth. see #2
                keywords to check – design, focal point, centre of interest, soft edges, lines…. art basics, foundation basics… design

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                1. Thanks so much, Debi! Yes, I need to really study composition, especially if I’m going to go on with abstract paintings. I tend to darken my borders a lot, almost like a frame……I thought eyes are drawn to light, but there’s contrast around the borders, as you said. Back to the drawing board, I guess. I tried that beach scene (semi-abstract) last night, boy was that a flop lol. An 8×10 painting, and I liked a 4×6″ corner, if that. But I did like that corner, so I guess that’s something. Why is vision in our head so hard to translate to the page? Planned abstracts just don’t work for me at all, but I have a feeling professionals DO plan their work, so … yeah, questioning the whole thing at this point I guess. Thanks as always for your time and suggestions. 💜

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                  1. darker borders…. can … work. just as long as the contrasts – are kept very subtle along those perimeter borders. and its an idea to just darken a couple sides, or 3. maybe not all 4. 3 is an uneven number – we like those in Design. SOME artists, DO plan. but others will make adjustments towards the end of the work. for fine tuning the Design elements. (I do) I like that process better…
                    Our Eyes, our Drawn to the Area of the MOST Contrast in the painting! where there is greater white/black contrast.

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