Happy Thursday, Blogsters….
I’m taking a long weekend away from my day job and spending time with my oldest daughter who is on her way to her first year at college. She’ll only be less that two hours away, but I can still get a little weepy, can’t I? I admit it, I one of those that cry at stupid sentimental situations on tv or if someone is telling me a story….. happy and sad. Some of you parents out there know what I’m talking about.
So, as we take her to Maine on Sunday, I’ll have Labor Day to recover… and that, my little bloggers, means an art day for myself….<jumping up and down and whistling inserted here>… AND…………… speaking of art………
……….as you may or may not know, I love textures. Yup, I do.
Last week, after revisiting an on-line demo from my favorite Golden artist, Patti Brady, I pulled out some of my mediums to play around with. Just watch her work these mediums. This definitely isn’t Kansas anymore, Toto.
First, is the Fiber Paste. This medium is amazing. I never really gave it a good try before now, but the results are very fun.
I took a sheet of freezer paper (shiny side up). With my palette knife, I spread a generous amount on the paper, as if I was frosting a cake, trying to minimize the peaks. Let it dry overnight.
I peeled it gently off the freezer paper. Now what do I do with it? I stared at it for a bit and as Madonna sang in her “Vogue” song… “….don’t just stand there, let’s get to it………..there’s nothing to it”. So, I did……
I took washes of Golden Fluid Acrylic Paints and made three separate sections of colors (blue, yellow, red). This fiber paper, really soaks up the paint. Let the paints dry. I did some doodling, rubber stamping and some collage of resin music paper, handmade paper and the famous “spoil me” girl from Art Chix Studio.
This is very pliable as you can see from the top picture. I think I may put this in a journal or on a book cover.
I just had another thought for this medium. Put some in a small squeeze bottle and draw with it on freezer paper…. letters, flowers, doodles and once dry you have your own fiber thingamajiggys to put in your own art.
Ok.. now on to the Glass Bead Gel.
Shown below is what I used with the gel… fluid acrylic paint mixed into about a 1/4 of a cup of the gel. I took a paper doilie, held it on top of this book cover and with my palette knife, spread the gel through the doilie. Carefully, pull off the doilie to reveal the pattern. Let his try overnight. I say “overnight” because I’m usually doing my art in the evenings.
You never think is will come out shiny, but it does. After all, it is glass. I hope I captured the pictures well enough to do it justice.
Below is a closer look… the glass beads are shiny and smooth to the touch. I’m going to paint over it and wipe off the excess and see what kind of resist develops.
I would love to here what you think about these pieces.. have you tried them? would you like to? do you want to see other texture techniques?
Have a great Labor Day Holiday… and as always, thanks for stopping by.
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