Friday, July 18, 2014

Love You - a Mixed Media Canvas

Better late than never, right?

This little canvas should have been done last week for the Summer of Color Week 5.  I never managed to find the time.  But thankfully I did find the time this week!  

The color prompts were:  Red, Royal Blue, with a Smudge, Splash, or Pop of Light Blue!

To be honest, there was another reason I didn't get this done on time.  I really wasn't all that inspired.  Well, I was... and I wasn't.  These colors scream Fourth of July and while there is absolutely nothing wrong with the Fourth of July (it's my half birthday after all!), or Fourth related art, I really just didn't want to do something that blatantly obvious.  So I was waiting until inspiration struck me.

I'd been cruising around Pinterest (one of my favorite time-wasting {*cough* I mean, inspiration gathering expedition}), and admiring the work of the very talented Juliette Crane.  I adore her owls.  And I love love love owls.  Always have.  I marveled at her style and decided I'd see if I could incorporate some of her techniques.

Now, I admit... I cheated a little.  Ok!  Ok!  I cheated a lot and turned the whole thing around!  My painting turned out to be more of a Light Blue and Red with a Pop of Royal (and dark) Blue.  But in my defense, my background didn't turn out quite as dark as I thought it would.  But it was too pretty to start over.  And I was on a roll.  And had peace, quiet, and a running camera!

Anyway, with a nod to Ms. Crane, I give you Love You....

 Again, this was a total excuse to buy more supplies.  I'm fast becoming addicted to the Distress Paints (like no one saw this coming!).  Although, I'm mighty pleased with myself because I limited to myself to buying only 3 new paints for this project (Barn Door, Salty Ocean, & Broken China - Red, Blue, & a lighter Blue).

Of course, I have lots of close ups...

Created with flickr slideshow.

A word to the wise...

I did apply a Workable Fixative to the canvas after finishing the background.  I was hoping that this would seal the water-reactive Dylusions and Distress.  It did to a huge extent.  However!
Using Matte Medium which is extremely fluid, as an adhesive does reactivate Dylusions and Distress.  By my second heart, I switched to Golden Heavy Gel Medium (because I still haven't bought any new Soft Gel).  This worked like a dream.  It didn't reactivate the Dylusions and Distress at all.

I could apply anything I wanted to over the background except Matte Medium (and water - my brush was wet and a drop got on the canvas and you can see it).  Use a Gel Medium over a fixative over Dylusions and Distress.  Just to let you know.

I did mention that I had a rolling camera, didn't I?  Well I did!  So of course, there's a video...

I did use a pre-gesso'd canvas.  So why did I start the video by applying gesso?  Well, because I was trying a new technique that didn't work out quite as planned.

The technique is: you stamp into wet gesso to give your backgrounds a little more texture.  I'm not sure if I used stamps that were too shallow, or what, because while you could vaguely see them in the gesso once it dried, by the time I applied the Dylusions Ink Spray, they had totally disappeared.  I'll experiment some more and get back to y'all on this technique.  Or if any one has tried it, leave me a comment - I'd love to see if anyone's had success with this!

Here's another little tip for y'all...

Watery Media doesn't work well over acrylics.  It's painting 101 and we do know it.  I did try to use an Inktense pencil (just to see - because that's what you do when you paint - you experiment and try things).  It worked, but didn't show up as well as it would have on paper - or at least not on acrylic (or oils!  Remember, water and oil do NOT mix!).

There is, however, a solution.  There are Watercolor Grounds on the market.  I have a jar by Daniel Smith that I have yet to try.  I've seen it used on a YouTube video by the artist Wyanne and she used it to great effect.  I'll have to give it a go one of these days and report back to y'all.

Oh yeah, here's the Materials List for my little canvas:

Wow!  Looking at that list, it looks like I used a whole bunch of stuff!  Really, it was just a lot of different paint!

Well, y'all, that's all I've got for today.  I'm quite proud of myself - I managed 2 blog posts and 2 videos this week!  And now I have 2 super cute canvases to find wall space for.  I really am running out of space.  Going to have to find a solution for that!  Like maybe sell something!  Ha!

Oh, by the way, since this is my official last post for Summer of Color, I want to take a moment and thank Kristin oh so much for hosting this fantastic event!  It was so much fun and I loved every minute of it!  I have seen some fantastic art in a huge array of media and met some truly wonderful people.  I will definitely be back next year!

Y'all have a great day and take care!  I'll be back next week with some more ATCs!

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