Another experiment from the mad scientist studio of Create Art Every Day. This was my first try playing with an acrylic texture product by Golden called clear tar gel, and I thought it might be cool to add watercolor paint.
The acrylic gel acts as a resist to watercolor paint, and in this case, kept the different pigments from blending with each other and making mud. It drips from the jar in strings like honey. It goes on white, so it’s easily seen, then after several hours, it dries clear, masking the surface beneath it. I started with white 140 lb. watercolor paper in this case, dripped the tar gel on in a random pattern of squiggles, let it dry overnight, and then added watercolor the next day. While preparing this post, I came across this blog post, which has lots of ideas for using clear tar gel too.
If you work with acrylics, you can mix acrylic paint with clear tar gel to produce a colored gel as well. I think a copper or bronze metallic would look really cool, and that’ll probably be my next experiment with this product. Some artists use the colored gel to add texture to a finished painting. If you’ve used clear tar gel, I’d love to hear what you enjoy doing with it. I see lots of possibilities, but have only just begun to explore this medium! (Note: As a Blick affiliate, purchases from this link help to support my site.)
I hope this inspires you as we prepare for World Watercolor Month in July! Happy Father’s Day to all of the wonderful men who make this world a better place by being amazing dads. I’m off to the kitchen to make gluten free crab cakes for Hub for later. Peace and happy painting to all!