A few weeks ago, after poring over my collection of art books, I was motivated to try making art in a different way. I was off to the hardware store for such items as baltic birch plywood, plaster, and joint compound. I then hit the local craft store for heavy body acrylic paints and various acrylic mediums. Of course, the whole time I was doing this, that nasty little inner critic of mine kept sneering, "Who are you to buy professional grade paints? Who are you to spend money on expensive acrylic painting mediums? And just who do you think you are, buying 4x8 foot sheets of high grade plywood? How can you justify this?" Finally, the kicker, "You're no professional!" Well, that did it. I finally screamed back at this sniveling little weasel, "Who am I not to? If I don't work like a professional, how can I hope to be one?" Well, I sent the little killjoy packing!
My hubby and my son helped cut down the plywood into manageable pieces. While they were doing this, little weasel critic tried again. "Why are you making them do this?" I suggested to little weasel that she give it a rest and lay down in front of the circular saw. (Violent, I know, but the stakes were high here!) I spent the week prepping some of the boards. Finally, I was ready to start. (Of course my fabric book project was calling to me, but I just couldn't wait to experiment.)
I hit a few snags and worked out a few problems along the way, but this was the first piece with my new materials.
12 x 12
Acrylic, Collage and Mixed Media on Plywood
I primed the board with gesso and slathered on a layer of modeling paste. I tore up different handmade papers and arranged them on the surface, adhering them with matte gel medium. I added washes of transparent acrylic mixed with iridescent medium. I drew the bird, stems and flowers on heavy paper board for acrylics. I cut out the pieces, adhered them to the base and painted them with acrylics. I drew the leaves on a textured vellum, attached them with gel medium and painted them. After I give the piece time to cure, I'll varnish it.
I plan to do a lot of experimentation in this medium. I hope you'll join me in my journey. Oh, and if you run into my inner critic, tell her I bought her a one-way ticket out of town.
Blessings to you!
Until next time,