Monday, 14 October 2013

acrylic paste for textures

Art Journal Page Today: experimenting with paste.

'The beekeeper', 7 by 10 ins., W/C paper

To day, I tried out an acrylic paste technique in my art journal.  I got the idea from this book:-

'Surface treatment workshop', by McElroy and Wilson, North Light Books, 2011, p 44.

For the technique, I first spread light molding paste over my page, then I dropped some dry pigments ( vermillion, burnt sienna, cad. orange, ultramarine)  onto the paste, which gave a rusty look and feel to the surface.  I added a bit of embossed texture by pressing some cord onto the paste too.  So the surface didn't only look rusty but looked as if you could feel rust there.  Very tactile surface.

When it was dry, I started to use my make-shift stamps to add more colour and develop the artwork. After the stamping, I added the line drawing -  a page torn out of my doodle sketchbook and glued on-  then coloured her and added more stamping to tie her to the surface, rather than having her look like a cut-out or a floater above the surface.

This tactile-textural approach would be good for animal pictures. Not only for fur but also for foliage and mosses.  Looking forward to trying it out in a semi-realistic animal portrait soon.

The art journal page is a great way to try out new techniques like this before embarking on a large artwork.

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