Saturday, March 24, 2012

"New Beginnings Through Faith"

($200.00....12" x 12"....mounted on a 2.0" depth clayboard)

"Faith is believing what we do not see, and the reward is to see what we believe." This is a wonderful quote by St. Augustine. Like the last few postings, this piece was created for an Easter Exhibit..."New Beginnings", now on display at Hill Country Bible Church NW.

Even though this piece was created with pouring medium and acrylics, I attempted to give it an "aged" look by doing several things. The first layer, of course, is the pouring medium on 300 lb HP watercolor paper with more water sprayed into the pour. The second layer was the Spanish Round Gothic text written on the surface after preparing with gel matte medium.

The third layer was begun by spraying with Spray Acrylic Coating (2x) to protect the lettering from the next pour. I then used a palette knife to completely cover the piece with pouring medium and Titan Buff Fluid Acrylic. The piece was then sprayed with water to reveal the text, but greatly diffused. It was left to dry overnight.

The fourth layer was created by sanding with rough grit sand paper (very hard) to remove portions of the letters to give it an "aged" look. Charcoal Powder was brushed on in various places followed by spraying again with Spray Acrylic Coating to protect the charcoal powder.

Last, but not least, I prepared the surface for lettering with gel matt medium (2 parts water to 1 part gel matte) and then finished the piece by adding the Spanish lettering in script. And this is just one of a series of things that can be done with layering techniques. So there you have it...a few more things to think about.

Please contact me personally to inquire about this piece.

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