This little painting turned out to be one of my favorite paintings. It started as what I call my throw away piece. I always keep a couple of canvases or paper in my studio to put leftover paint or mediums onto so I don't throw them down the sink. I continue to build up colors and textures until I have a beautiful background to complete my painting. The throw away piece becomes the masterpiece. I think these pieces work out so well because I am not so invested in their preciousness. Try it and see.
When you layer several resist techniques you create a more sophisticated background that isn't readily identifiable as a particular technique. I am going to name all the techniques that were used and see if you can figure out where they are and what order they were in. I have used alcohol resist, soap resist, glazing, molding paste, embossing, gels, crackle, transfer, sanding and polymer mediums. Have fun.
This piece was inspired by a demo I did in one of my classes that I then scanned into my computer and played with the composition in Photoshop. Finally when I got to a place where it was working for me then I went to painting the final piece which has so many techniques used. There is gold leaf, stamping, alcohol, stenciling, transfer painting, water slide decals, collage and more.
Fiesta time is party time. I love all the bright colors of Mexico and New Mexico. Darlene and I just finished a show at El Museo de Cultural in Santa Fe, NM. We had Mariachi music and lots of fun. Keep the party going with your art. The top portion of this painting was created using a gel transfer and then highlighted with more paint. The lower portion has gels and pastes of different viscosities layers with glazes. Check out our books for more fun tips and tricks.
We are two Santa Fe artists that were searching for a book just on image transfers and couldn't find one — so we wrote our own book. This experience led to our other books — Surface Treatment Workshop and Mixed Media Revolution. We have just put in a proposal for book four that we will tell you about soon. This has been a long but wonderful journey of learning and we had lots of fun and hope you do too.
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