Oh, I’m addicted to texture products! It took me awhile to understand what gel mediums do, what texture mediums do, and how the different paint formulations behave….I guess now that I understand, I want to keep experimenting! If you’d like more information about this too, I can highly recommend Chris Cozen’s videos on Artists Network TV, as well as her books. Also, Nancy Reyner has a terrific book called “Acrylic Revolution” that I believe Jill from Jill’s Art Journal told me about. Jill, you nailed it; it’s a wonderful book, with lots of techniques and great illustrations too! Chris and Nancy are both Golden working artists and educators, and they know their stuff.
This is another painting do-over. It was a texture experiment gone wrong on a 5″ x 5″ Ampersand Gessobord and so I needed even more texture to wipe the slate clean, so to speak. I spread a layer of Golden molding paste on the painting first. This product dries opaque, leaving no show through from the painting underneath. Next, I embedded a scrap of 1/2″ grid hardware cloth from Hub’s wood shop into the painting, lifted it up, and then turned it and impressed it again. This gave me all of those great texture lines.
After it dried (several hours), I dripped some Dr. Ph Martin’s Bombay India ink in, sprayed it with water, and moved the painting around, allowing the ink to follow those grid lines, highlighting them. Where the ink was a bit too strong or became soupy, I sopped it up (on paper towels I will save, thanks to Kerfe’s great inspiring post yesterday), and wound up refining with some Golden fluid acrylic paints. I think I may have gone a bit too far with Quinacridone Burnt Orange, but I can always go back, add Titanium White, which is very opaque, and have another go with the colors. Or I may leave it as is. What do you think?
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