Day 13 - I knew I wanted some text as the background for this one, so after a swipe of Titanium White - acrylics are much better with a direct transfer than just gesso because of its glossier/plastic nature - I did a direct transfer with a page of text which of course means the text is reversed. I like the figurative effect this gives to a piece as the eye immediately figures out it can’t read it and simply becomes part of the layers. I added a very dry scumble of white over top to soften the text as well as obscure any areas where the page colour came with the transfer - this often happens with older, matte book pages. I use a heat gun to dry my paints - I am a very impatient artist! - but it also bubbles the paint which gives more lucious texture. I glued down the photo and then added some dry brushed Quin Gold and black to bring up the bubbled paint. An inked circle with dotted lines and a few more inked circles and I was done. I really like this one!
Day 14 - I used a wash of Quin gold and Dioxazine Purple for the background then swirled on some full strength colour with a credit card. I like the way the card catches the high points leaving the low points alone. The photo had very strong horizontal lines - TOO horizontal for me - so I decided to cut the ‘canvas’ in thirds by using copper tape at the top and bottom of the image. The tape was too shiny and bright so I applied patina to cut it. Unfortunately, in the process I got some on the photo itself. Guess what? Patina eats emulsion! Ah well. Everything in the art process is a "happy" accident, right?!? I had been going toward a less grungey look but because of the "wrecked" photo now had to play up that effect. I troweled on some titanium white to either side of the photo, leaving some thicker, textural areas. With dry brush and index finger layered on some Quin Burnt Orange and black to age the side pieces. Stripes of Quin Burnt Orange finished the piece.
This is the last of my house themed pieces. I’ll be working with Chairs for the next 7 days.