Golden Fine Pumice Gel and Inktense Pencils! (Acrylic August, 1/31)

I’m so glad we’ve turned the page to August! A new theme for this month: I’m going to be playing with acrylic paints and acrylic texture mediums.   I’ll be throwing in watercolor, Inktense blocks and pencils, Dr. Ph Martin’s Bombay Ink, gesso, collage, fabric, Paperclay, and everything else under the sun as we celebrate the last month of summer and prepare for wonderful Autumn.  I’m also working on improving my animal and bird drawings in graphite and ink to complete my 100 Face Challenge for 2016, and so those will be sprinkled in as well.    Looking forward to it!

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This painting has had a couple of incantations already, and I’ve never been happy with it, so I decided it was time to give it another life.   I have fallen head over heels for Golden’s fine pumice gel, so much so, in fact, that over the weekend, I ordered a 32 oz. container of it from Dick Blick.   I’ve never ordered a 32 oz. container of anything art related, but I just love this stuff (and it’s 65% cheaper per ounce than the 8 oz. jar; quite a difference, I find most Golden products run that way.)   It is like extremely fine sandpaper in gel form.   It is an off-white color and dries translucent.   It can be colored with acrylic paint or ink before applying, but I like to leave it as is, as I usually paint my surfaces anyway.

I spread it on my 5 x 7″ canvas panel, and with my palette knife, made numerous lines into the surface.   It takes several hours to dry, so I left it overnight before painting.   I think what I love most about it is the way it gives texture.   It’s not too thin or too thick, it is just right.  Once dry, it accepts watercolor, as well as ink, acrylic, you name it; I imagine it would be a good surface for pastels as well.    It is also a drawable surface for pencil, pen, charcoal, anything pointy at all, including my Inktense pencils, which is where I went with this piece next.

I drew against the textured lines with various pencils, then used a damp brush to spread the color around and blend.   Inktense pencils are actually ink in pencil form.   (Click here for a color chart and more info.)   They are very vibrant and usually permanent once liquified and allowed to dry.   One thing I noticed when working on the fine pumice gel with them though is that they can still be lifted from this acrylic surface and adjusted once dry, something I have never been able to do with Inktense before.    It was quite helpful for me in this case, as I looked at the painting again in the morning and decided it was much too dark or bright in some areas, and I was able to lift the color back with a damp paintbrush.

(Note:  Blick Art Materials has extended free shipping for orders of $45 or more through 1159pm Central time today, August 1!   Purchases from Blick links will support my site.    Enjoy, and thank you!)    I’d also like to recommend a book I finished reading this weekend:    “The Creative Edge – Exercises to Celebrate Your Creative Self” by Mary Todd Beam.  If you’re interested in mediums of all kinds, including Golden acrylic products, this will give you lots of ideas to run with.   Lots of great inspiration from many artists in there as well.

I enjoyed reviving this painting so much that I’ve decided to do a series of these, so there will be lots more “mad scientist” experiments to come!    I hope you have a wonderful week, and thanks so much for your visits and comments!   Peace.

75 thoughts on “Golden Fine Pumice Gel and Inktense Pencils! (Acrylic August, 1/31)

    1. It was just an experiment so, nope. Can’t say I did. I never know how they’ll turn out. But I had some great art fails to remake and so I worked on all three of them last weekend. They were bad paintings on decent surfaces so I had to do something and it seems acrylic products love bad paintings the most. Built-in depth! A big step up from the start. Thanks for your comment, glad you enjoyed. I should focus more on the progress shots, just in case it turns out! Great reminder. 💜

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  1. What a pretty, landscape; it has a lovely soothing feel to it. You’ve also reminded me that I really should make an effort to use up my different mediums. I tend to forget about anything that isn’t out on my worktable, so I’ll try moving them up and see if that helps!

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    1. Thank you so much, Denis, you are much too kind but I do like this one, can’t say that about too many of them but will look forward to working more with this medium and of course Inktense and other color media too. So glad you enjoyed and thanks for making my morning!

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    1. Thank you,Steven! Yes I feel like a mad scientist every time because I see whatever I make as a giant experiment. Maybe one day I can get to a place where I purposely sit down to create something that actually turns out the way I envision but for now I’m happy with happy accidents! Thanks as always for your encouragement, friend! 😊

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    1. Thanks Rebecca. Truly, it’s my favorite of all. I also love the light molding paste but it’s not as hardy, so you have to be more careful with the finished products. This one I could put in a stack and would be just fine as the texture comes from lava rock. 💜 I was so happy with this. More to come!

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    1. Oh thank you, Melissa! I am so happy you do, that makes me feel great. I love that texture medium so much, and looking forward to trying it with other color media as well. Thanks so much for taking the time to pop in; I never know how it’ll go as to others’ reactions, but this is a painting I also really like and the fact it started out as a painting fail and was revived makes it that much better. Thank you so very much!!

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  2. Wow! you amaze me so much, this piece of art is a Piece of Art! you have found your home and I love the mad scientist in you because it inspires me for darn sure! I will have to look into that book because I have been wanting to get out and experiment more with different mediums, the whole gamut, well, maybe not as far as you. Awesome painting Laura!

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    1. Thank you Margaret!! I was dying to see what you’d think of this one. I’m so glad you like it!! I just got off the phone with Golden. I am hooked on their products. If you’re interested in asking for free samples from them, they only send every 6 months or so to one person. So I’ve met my quota lol as I asked for a sample of the fine pumice gel after watching Chris Cozen on Artists Network TV. It is wonderful. I think coarse molding paste will be my next experiment based on our talk but I’d say if you call them, ask for whatever you’d like to try in one shot! They are most obliging, I do love them, their techs are so knowledgable and helpful. 800.959.6543 is their number if anyone is interested. Oh Margaret, you made my day with this comment, thank you! More tomorrow, it is so much fun to rescue bad paintings with this!! 💜💜💜

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        1. Hmm doubtful lol! Their A to Z sets are great if you’d like to try a wide variety of their paints and mediums. That’s how I got started. That one comes in two sizes. Roughly $25 and $50 and a full list of what’s in each is at Blick. That and Chris Cozen IMO is the best way to start, but I’d say they’d probably send 2-3 out? They sent me 2 samples and I already had one and didn’t know they were sending! But it was nice of them to do. This IMO is a great one to ask for (fine pumice) because it’s not in either of the A to Z sets. Their pastel ground is supposed to be really good too, Margaret, and can be found in at least one of the sets, if not both.

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  3. A masterpiece!!! The texture The light. The colors. Oh loo! You are excelling at these with lightning speed and firework results. Absolutely stunning. I see a sunrise reflecting on water in s very impressionistic way. Rockstar artistic talent here lady!!!! 🎤

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    1. Thanks so much, Jodi! I’m so glad you like this! Wow, the microphone emoji, I feel like a rock star lol!! Jodi, the last week of WWM was for me, horribly dry and depressing. I was so glad to be done with 31 WC paintings. This is the first painting I grabbed once I was finished with 31. I thought I would try to remake it, and it worked out. So weird that the inktense were nearby and also worked out!! I think god is trying to tell me that I am not meant for WC, at least, not most of the time. I’m just really happy that this fine pumice accepts WC paint and I’m pretty sure 300# WC paper will also like fine pumice, so in the end, it’ll be all good. I was so surprised and happy with the way this turned out!! And so glad to have a direction that feels good and right. It’s huge for me right now. Thank you again for your endless encouragement, Artistanista!! 💛💛💛💛💜

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    1. lol! Thank you, Jill, yes I am having fun! Have you ever played with fine pumice gel? Do you have a favorite texture product? I think of you whenever I do a piece like this, because I’d have never tried acrylics if I hadn’t been inspired by your beautiful work to even look at a video about them! So thank you so much for shining the light for me! Yes, that jar is big, but I can’t resist paying so much less per ounce. And you can use quite a bit per project. Plus, I’m hooked on texture, and if I could only have one texture product this would be it, so I figured I would go for it! 😀

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      1. No, I have some coarse pumice gel but I haven’t used it much. 😉 I like the soft molding paste a lot for texture. I need to get them out and “play” with them again. 😄 Glad you are having so much fun! 💜🎨

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    1. Oh, please do, Tom! I would love to get everyone hooked on fine pumice gel, because I want to get more ideas on what to do with it. I know the combos. are endless!!! And it also loves paint. So I haven’t even scratched the surface of tinting it with all manner of inks, paints, etc. Can’t wait!

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    1. Thanks Deborah. I think because this was my first pumice gel rescue, it’s my favorite. I’m glad you like it too. Touching it is the best!! I just love it. (Sorry if I sound braggy, I don’t mean to but I hardly ever love my paintings. It’s a good feeling. ❤️)

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    1. Thanks, C! Oh, I am hooked on fine pumice gel. I don’t think it’s one of the more popular ones, but it’s just right for me. And the feel of it. Both going down and after it dries, touching it. Wonderful! If you’re interested in trying it, you can call Golden and ask for a free sample – this is how I learned about it. 800-959-6543

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        1. I had no idea they send out samples! I have called Ampersand as well – after my sister called them for samples, and got them! They sent me quite a few. You don’t have to be a blogger – my sister sure isn’t! It’s wonderful to be able to try stuff for free. ❤

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