Layers and Layers

Hot Trees

I started by creating a monoprint using a 6″ x 6″ Gelli Plate and Golden Open Acrylics. You can see the print in the image. Search in the middle for the two rough vertical white lines and the horizontal white line. The sky is a combination of yellow, green, blue and white. The trees are red and orange and blue with some scratched trunks. The land was the same color as the sky…but clearly I changed it!

I then wanted to develop the idea a little further. I applied Golden Crackle Paste to a 10 x 10 cradle board. I use these wooden supports instead of strectched canvas when I want a firm support. And the crackle paste needs a firm support.

After drying the crackle paste overnight I washed it with a green acrylic mix, and, after the green dried, I sanded a little off the paste to create a smoother surface.

Then I brushed Golden Soft Gel gloss over the entire surface and laid a French script from The Graphics Fairy on top. I let this dry overnight then removed the paper by misting then rubbing with a nylon scrubby until all paper was removed and only the black type was left behind.

After tearing the edges of the monoprint to create a rough white outline, I applied soft gel gloss to the entire surface again then laid on the print. I place a piece of waxed paper over the entire surface and gently rolled with a brayer to make sure no air bubbles were left behind, and the print was nice and flat.

I let this dry overnight then I added some paint, extending the tree line and creating a new foreground color. Another coat of gel medium, this time regular gel gloss and, after the gel dried, a ¬†topcoat of varnish and it’s done.

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One Layer At A Time

SolitaryI’ve decided to challenge myself a bit to see if I can create a daily painting. But…I won’t be doing a painting…and I won’t be publishing it daily. Instead, I’m going to work on creating monoprints – single pieces of art built up by printing layers of color on paper until an image appears…and, with any luck and good management, it’ll be the image I had in mind when I started out! LOL Although I’ll make prints every day, I’ll only publish a completed image a couple of times a week, an image that I’m happy with.

All the images will be 6″ x 6″ and printed using Gelli Plates and many layers of acrylic paint. I’ll use brushes and rollers and paper towels and credit cards to create the image…and we’ll see what happens! I’ll talk more about the process in a later blog post.

 

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