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!
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.