Saturday, December 3, 2016
A Collage to Try A New Product
Although I worked pretty steadily on the thirty 6" x 6" paintings, I did occasionally take a break with something different. In this case, I wanted to do a collage that would use Golden Crackle Paste as a base for acrylic painting.
To begin, I adhered aluminum foil over the top 2/3 of the 11" x 14" canvas, using matte gel medium. After the medium had set for a bit, I pressed cardboard shapes onto the foil to create indentations. (I think I could also have used stamps, which I may try another time.) They don't show a lot, but they do add another element of texture. I covered the bottom third with the crackle paste, getting it as smooth as I could. I gently smeared a bit of coarse molding paste in the top area. At that point, I let it dry overnight.
Then the next day I started layering the washes for the background color. When they were dry, I painted the trees and tree branches.
I cut the rabbit shapes out of paper and traced around them, then painted the rabbit shapes with a few coats of white gesso to give me an opaque ground for painting the rabbits.
Here's the finished painting: