I just love surprises, so I'm forever exploring and trying new things. And I thrive on heavy texture.
Here I started with a pink mix that one of my students had left over. I just applied a wash all over the gesso'd page. Then I found an unused dollop of gel medium on another student's palette. I used a palette knife to layer it on top of the pink page. I used the opportunity to demonstrate what a combing tool could do. I combed through the gel both horizontally and then vertically.
Hhhmmmm...now what? Let it dry until the next day and ponder what the heck am I going to do on top of that heavy texture?
While I was cleaning up the studio the next day, I began to collage some bits and pieces of vintage newspapers and other documents. Because the paper is so thin, Mod Podge was just fine. Then I got the idea to cut up some yellow paint chip cards. I glued those down with the Mod Podge. Later that day, I found that the paint chip cards had curled at the edges. The card stock was too heavy for the Podge.
However, this pleased me a great deal. Call me crazy. I back-filled the gap between the page and the curled cards with gel medium. So the little rectangles of colour literally float on the page!
The next thing I did was to drip some gesso here and there, leaving the journal standing up overnight to encourage long drips.
Today, as I walked past the studio on my way to the laundry room, I paused. I came to the journal and decided to cover the whole thing with a mix of Payne's Grey, Sepia and Sap Green. I just obliterated the whole page. Then I wiped the paint off where I felt I wanted colour to peek through.
The circles were added with gesso and while wet I dragged the combing tool through them horizontally.
7 years ago