Monday, May 21, 2012
($40.00....6" x 6".....mounted ona 1/8" depth clayboard panel)
"Actions color the declarations of our intentions." We all have a tendency to say we are going to do this, that, and the other. However, it is our actions that telegraph what are true intentions are.
This is an experimental piece in an effort to combine pouring medium and gesso to create a contrast of texture and a "veiled" effect. The surface was prepared as for lettering after the pouring medium was dried. (The surface is too slick to have any paint or gesso stick to it without dulling the slick with gel matte medium.)
Instead of using a credit card or shaper tool to apply the gesso, I used a rubber brayer. The technique involves rolling it on...followed by wiping off the brayer. Continue brayering until it looks erratic and then roll the brayer into alcohol and onto the surface which will remove part of the gesso and create the hazy texture. (It requires lots of brayering and wiping off the brayer.)
The next step was to cover the surface with Liquitex Clear Gesso to prepare for soft pastels. The surface was then sprayed with Spray Acrylic Coating followed by preparing the surface for lettering. I used a charcoal pencil for the lettering. It is a Stabilo pencil (which sharpens well) and then I sharpened it again on a sandpaper block. It has to be sharp to make small letters and those of you who have been in my lettering classes know that I cannot stand a "dull" pencil. This surface receives the charcoal pencil quite well. Regular graphite will not work on this surface. For those in the class this past weekend, this was the first pouring medium piece demo. Just a few more things to think about.
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