The mad scientist strikes again! This time, with Claybord and acrylic paint (including one specialty product called micaceous iron oxide), and a spray bottle of water. I’ve enjoyed the surfaces I’ve tried so far by Ampersand, but Claybord and I had not made friends yet. During today’s experiment, though, I discovered something about this surface that may change that. This is a 5×7″ piece of Claybord.
This painting was supposed to be something else entirely, but when I got the background down and sprayed it a bit with a water bottle, I started to get some interesting effects that I liked, and so I kept tweaking it. In the process, I found out that if you spray this surface with water and wait a few seconds, then come back over it lightly with a bit of paper towel, it will lift most of the paint under each of the water droplets. Which is where some of the cool effects came from (although I wound up covering most of them – will leave them next time, I think).
Claybord is a very slick surface. After applying a couple of layers of paint, spraying and playing, I added some Golden micaceous iron oxide to the surface. (As a Blick affiliate, purchases from these links will help to support my site.) You’ll see it toward the bottom of the painting. This is a texture product that will gray down anything you mix it with, and add a fine, gritty texture in the process (like very fine sandpaper once it dries). At that point, it becomes a drawable surface as well, and apparently, a ground for pastels too. I found it interesting to spray this product lightly and watch layers appear, almost like mountains were coming into my painting without me doing much of anything. I liked! Do I have a lot to learn? Sure. I have a lot to learn about everything. But it was fun, and after watching Chris Cozen demonstrate this on Artist’s Network TV, I’ll be trying it again soon.
I’d love to know what you think about micaceous iron oxide and Claybord. Lately, I’m having almost as much fun spraying paintings with my water bottle as I am painting! Peace and Happy Sunday to all.