Monday, May 12, 2008

Progressive Process or Step by Step

#1 - Gesso an 8x10" piece of mat board. Secure gelatin printed papers (or use any collage elements your heart desires) with matte medium and add modeling paste in thin layers. Let dry while practicing PATIENCE.

#2 - Add more papers and wash them with a soft color because you're unhappy with their previous starkness. Wonder if you did the right thing, say 'whatever' to yourself a few times and move on. Add acrylics paints in whatever colors appeal to you. Let dry while practicing PATIENCE.

#3 - Add more paints but when this layer is almost dry (after practicing PATIENCE) rub with tissue paper soaked with rubbing alcohol. The alcohol will pull up some of the paint and help to meld the paint layers. Then let it all dry completely. When you're done practicing drying time PATIENCE take different grades of sandpaper and rub, rub, rub until you get a finish that makes you happy. Along the way to can add more paints, pigments or inks if the spirit moves you to do so.

#3 - Finished for now. Let it sit. Sometimes these 'finished' pieces will tell you they need something else, sometimes you'll look at them later and feel the love.
Have a great Monday everyone - I suspect mine is going to be a trying one where I will have to practice a lot of unrelated-to-art PATIENCE. My day job life has been trying as of late.


Dixie Redmond said...

Are you going to name this piece Patience? ;-) Love watching the process. :-)

Susan Italo said...

I'm so glad you had the patience to photograph the wip so we could have this glorious tute! Thank you a million times!!