Day 26 - I went overboard with the bubbly texture today. I wanted so see what would happen if I left my heat gun on the paint for longer than I usually do. Turns out it bubbles - I already knew that but - it REALLY bubbles. And they travel. In fact, at one point I thought the entire surface of just painted Titanium White was going to completely bubble up. Think sealed plastic wrap on a bowl of pasta in the microwave and you’ll get the idea. Interesting!
I divided this image in three because, like a previous one, it was really too large for the 4 x 5" substrate that I’m working with. Division helps lessen its weight. Troweling paint between the pieces? Not so easy! But I eventually got it to work with a downward swipe with just the tip of my knife. After the bubble experiment, I didn’t like the excessive roundness so took my paint scrapper to it. Oooo! A whole NEW texture to play with! Word to the wise: make sure the paint is cool even cold before trying this kiddies or you’ll end up peeling rather than scraping the paint off. Luckily it was quite cool outside this morning and I let the paper really chill while I checked on how the bugs were doing cleaning my bird carcasses. Oh! Come on, you DID want to know that!
I played with a couple of other colours - grey, more Quin Crimson than shows up on the finished product and ditto, Mars Black - but it kept looking overdone. Maybe the texture needed the quieter palette. At any rate, I slubbed on some more Titanium White and then a slash of crimson on the right hand side. A circle to link the first two images, in crimson and the composition finally looked balanced to me. A few smudges of black to counter balance the intensity of the crimson and along the edges and it’s Full Speed Ahead!