Inspiration Sunday means a painting exercise. The cards chosen last week instructed me to:
card 1: - use matte medium, gesso or gel medium to texture the paper, and paint over this surface
card 2:- use at least 12 pigments then glaze over some or all with a transparent wash
I chose a piece of watercolour paper that had an unwanted wash on it, and applied gel medium to add texture. I was thinking of hills, a tree, and rocks. Not a wonderfully inspiring subject, I suppose.
Here's how the paper looked after the gel medium and a coating of gesso was applied:
Normally, I would use either oils or acrylics over gel medium, but most of my art supplies were packed away in preparation for painting my art room.
I had some crayons, and wondered if they would work on the medium.
Ummm, no! Yech! Ugly!
Okay, cover it with gesso and wait for it to dry............
I found some acrylic paint, but no brushes, and no palette, so I 'stole' a watercolour brush, and mixed the paint on the paper while mostly dry- brushing.......
Well, it might be a little better, but dry-brushing the paint onto the paper and trying to blend it just wasn't working. The texture from the gel medium was hindering the painting rather than helping it.
Obviously, I hadn't thought this through very well before jumping in......(I tend to do that regularly, and then wonder why things aren't working....lol )
The next step? More gesso. I slopped it over the acrylics, and waited for it to dry......
Okay, now what?
I decided to play some more.
I hadn't packed away my watercolour inks yet............
And doodled this design
Then added a touch of red
Although I should have put a wash over part of the paper, that would have made the inks run and disperse, so I opted not to do that step.
I learned that crayons don't work on gel medium, that I should plan ahead better, and that not having the proper equipment means I'll probably just be making a mess instead of creating art. I also learned that having a big jar of gesso can be a good thing! haha
What do you think of the result?
Next week's challenge:
card 1: in the centre of watercolour paper, draw a circle, oval or rectangle and design borders around your shape with abstract patterns. Use contrasts.
card 2: do a painting about keys
Hope you've had a wonderful weekend!
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz