Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tuesday Tips and Techniques: Create on Canvas!

OK. Before I begin I have to confess that it slipped my mind that it's Tuesday - at least for another few hours!  So, I don't have anything really new and exciting to post for you today, but here is a small tip none the less:  journal on canvas!

Remember the wax/crayon and acrylic paint technique I showed you a couple weeks ago?  I couldn't resist trying it on a canvas board painting I had. (Yes, I sometimes paint over old canvases - sometimes more than once!)  I took this 12" x 24" canvas board of a fish and applied to thin layers of heavy bodied gesso over it letting it dry between layers. (As long as I'm in a confessing mood, I may as well tell you that there's a painting of an African antelope under the fish painting!)

Once the gesso dried, I sketched out my design with an orange colored pencil.  I colored in the areas with water soluble crayons and applied a a moderate layer of black artist acrylic.  I let the paint dry thoroughly before scrapping away the paint with a craft knife.  Once complete, I added a coat of polyurethane for protection. (Hence the glare on the photo)

Here is the finished painting titled, "Skelly ala Klimt".  It is currently on display at Lakeland Community College Art Gallery for the upcoming Skull & Skeleton show.  I'll tell you more about that soon.

Don't be afraid to take your favorite journaling techniques to the canvas (or canvas board).  You'll discover new freedom outside of your journal.  There's no need to be concerned about adding bulky items to your canvas.  Pull out those buttons, thick embellishments and glue guns and have some fun.  You might just create something that you'll love hanging on a wall and even if you don't, you'll still have loads of fun as you "Celebrate, LOVE, and Create!"

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