Well, I can’t seem to stay out of the studio and this is my newest piece…..I’m so cubist and these circles just screamed at me so I had to listen….hope you enjoy…
Hello again and I hope everyone is having a happy last day of 2011 and ready for 2012!
The next portion of this tutorial is the bulk of filling in the canvas but is also the easiest and the hardest at the same time. This is where you choose your colors and how they are going to compliment your sketched out composition. There are Three parts to this.
taping and painting in
going over your textured areas again with oil pastels before moving on to the final step and details
So step 1. filling in your pre-sketched out composition with colors. Now I had intended some brighter colors but I found these great testers at Home Depot for $.50 each in pastels and I fell in love with them. So I decided to go with softer colors for the main areas and then in the last step I’ll bring in brighter colors for pop and detail as you’ll see in the next post. I tape off areas using painters tape and then paint the areas. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT PART is WIPING THE PAINT AS YOU GO WITH PAPER TOWELS TO LET THE PAPERS AND PHOTOS YOU’VE PUT UNDERNEATH SHOW THROUGH. If you don’t wipe as you go you lose your under layer and a lot of character. See below. Please forgive the lighting I was working by my window in the middle of the day and the glare was terrible.
- Tips: use a soft touch on your tape to avoid tearing under papers
- be careful of drips, but to be honest the occasional drip of color here and there can be a nice touch
Step 2. Choose certain blocks to spray watered down paint or India Ink or even Tea on. I have watered down white paint in a travel size hairspray container and I used it on my purple blocks. Have fun with this but don’t go overboard, it should be used sparingly!
Step 3. To finalize this section I take oil pastels that are darker than the paint and rub it on my textured areas to create a “Pop” and get it ready for the next and final step.
So Here we are at the end of the fourth tutorial and this is where the piece is standing. Remember we have one more very important tutorial to finish up the piece and you’ll be amazed at how such a simple step finishes off the piece so so nicely.
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Hi! I hope you’re enjoying following along with this project. I’m enjoying it and can’t wait to see how it turns out. I’ve done two others with this technique and I’m so in love. I hope you love it too, it’s easy, fun, a little messy and CHEAP, all the makings of a great technique.
1. First you’ll need just chalk pastels and some gesso to go over the dried molding paste or heavy gel you used for texture to begin with in Step ONE.
2. After your molding paste or heavy gel texture has dried take the pastels and rub them over the texture. This can be quite messy so work from the top down so the powder from the pastels doesn’t mix with that of the sections below.
Rub Pastel over texture Texture with pastel
3. At this point you’ll take gesso on a brush and brush gently over the pastelled texture leaving some dark areas and some lighter areas, even some full gesso strokes with no color. It adds interest. Then after the gesso is on you can rub the pastel on the texture again to get some darker areas on again leaving you with various values from white to dark. You’ll have to clean off your pastel to get the wet gesso off, but it doesn’t damage the pastel.
4. Here are how my three textured areas turned out after the gesso and pastel.
Note the darker and lighter areas where I didn’t fully mix in the gesso with the pastel and let it mingle allowing the full value of colors show through. This is enhanced when you go over the wet pastel with the fresh pastel to push in extra dark. Like I said, just wipe off your pastel with paper towels (keep them for future use) and you’re good to go!
So right now we have what is looking like a mess, and the fun part is that it IS a mess, but as we move forward on our next steps we will remember our original sketched out composition (don’t ever lose that) and decide on colors to go over our ephemera, and using other techniques we will bring that orignal composition together into a fun fun piece.
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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas. Peace and Light…..WK
Well, I’m sure everyone is busy with Christmas and all the Holidays that come up around this time so Happy Holidays to all, no matter what you are celebrating. So I’ve been slow in getting out the next step in this project but school is officially out now and I’m hoping the next two weeks will involve sleeping and painting….ahhh, heaven.
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So the next step in the beveled project is very easy and I’ll be on in the next day or so with the next step which is a blast and has become a staple of mine, but you’ll have to wait for that one.
Today we are adding ephemera of any kind with heavy gel paste. I use dictionary pages, pictures, asian papers and basically anything I want to be seen underneath the paint. I love text showing through so I use a lot of text. You can use pictures or anything you like….
As you can see I’ve let the papers go over the side onto the beveled area and I’ve “collaged” the papers inside the original lines I drew keeping my original composition.
Like I said the next step is really fun, so stay tuned and until then grab all your fun pages and start tearing or cutting and collaging into your orignal sketched composition. Have fun!!
So I’ll see you soon with the next step and as always, comment, share or like the post if you do indeed “like” it. Don’t forget to visit Hummingbird Studios on Facebook and Like our page there. I would love to keep up with you and be able to visit.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays….peace and light….WK
Well, I Had great ideas for a transfer on top of this piece and it didn’t quite work out, however, the end result did! Remember JUST PLAY and see what happens and I did with only a little fear (I wish I could say I was fearless trying to put on the transfer) but the texture was just not smooth enough so the transfer didn’t take, but to my surprise I fell in love with the final result. The majority of this encaustic is with hand made encaustic using the tip I gave in the earlier post……and the substrate is wood remnants from home depot just happening to equal 24″x18″ yeah!! So this piece of encaustic was not only fun but cheap….however I must admit I do want to go buy some encaustic board to work on a smoother surface to experiment some more with transfers…. But here’s the final product and will go up for sale on Windykai.com and Prints at Red Bubble
Another piece that was just PLAYING AROUND ( do you sense a theme growing here???)
Also check out http://www.andreabird.com/ for some amazing encaustic work!
As always if you liked this post “Like it” below or rate it or even comment….would LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear from you! Peace And Light to you and yours…. WK
You get a LOT of work done….this is a piece I was working on before my sunset inspired me and I finally got it done tonight. I expanded on my cubist theme and added some beading which you see in the close ups. I love my beads…my husband hates them!!! I also added foam board to create two different layers on the board. By the way my husband also hated this….have I mentioned my husband has terrible taste in art!!! Seriously I love to hear his input because it’s so different from mine and he keeps me grounded. So below is the result of my next cubist inspired piece to add to my collection. I’m really obsessed with this but it’s also nice to be creating a nice cohesive body of work considering how ADD I usually am….but don’t forget Windy you’re also playing around with encaustic on the side…so the ADD isn’t completely gone and probably never will be!