Wednesday, September 30, 2009

yay! love it!

i am so happy with the way this turned out! i had the coneflowers in my head for it and am glad i went back to them. the slathered gel medium gives the plexi an interesting texture, and makes it look more like glass. i like the way the crackles on top echo flower shapes. i love it and can't wait to make more!!!! it will be fun to take this to the market saturday & see what people say about it.

so tomorrow i'm taking it to the ace hardware. i took the other plexi piece in with me to get nuts & bolts & had a nice art discussion with the guy behind the counter who, as it turned out, has an epson that will probably print on plexi & was very interested in what i was doing. i told him i'd bring the finished piece back in. hopefully i can get him to cut some masonite for me while i'm there. ace is my second favorite art store

i had to do something with this, due to the icky liney effect caused by the sealant. so i got out the oilbar thinking that a little finger painting would be perfect. i was going to make a sky, but realized that it would be hard since i am painting on the back of the piece- so what looked good to me might not work so well on the front. at first, it was more liney-ness.

then i smooshed the paper towel into the oilbar & came up with (i think) a nice texture. will have to think about the right thing to mount this over, b/c it's pretty dark. but maybe if i do something with some silver leaf..... i needed to tie the blue in the upper right corner in with the rest of the piece, so i got out a silver marker (the silver leaf pen not working.....) and drew in more of the swirly design. i think it works pretty well. now i just need to decide what to knock back because everything is competing for attention. i like the bird & the zebra. maybe i should wash off some of the gesso. or buy sandpaper at the art store tomorrow...that's it for now! what a fun night it's been! i will do a step by step on the next plexi/ masonite piece since there seems to be some interest. i do have to note, for those of you without a printer that takes thick media, the coneflowers are a transfer, not a print- and given the problems i had with ink washing off that may be a better way to go.

g'night-

7 comments:

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

The top piece finished FAB! Texture is so wonderful as with bringing the crackle forward with the dark paint.
On the blue, along with silver leaf, consider some German glass glitter in silver. I think it would almost give the effet of night and snow, but not in a prissy, overdone way. I'm with you on it needing a light BG. It's just a matter of texture. (these are really exciting, by the way, to see them develop!)
I agree on the bottom piece; wash down a bit of the gesso and see what happens. Or let it drip some in the washing......

XXOO!!!
Anne

marianne said...

thanks anne! love the feedback & ideas!where does one but german glass glitter? maybe some glass bead gel? hmmm too bad i have the day job for bill paying!

Barbara Hagerty said...

This is really beautiful! I love your process, as well as the finished product!

Your biggest fan in Austin said...

I always loved the color and texture in your florals and organics - that top piece with the cone flowers is just so... you. I love it!

marianne said...

thanks barbara & biggest fan! i appreciate your taking the time to comment- and fay, look forwatrd to seeing you wednesday!

Anonymous said...

Well I can show you how to do the plexiglass now. It was a HUGE headache for me! I was the last one to finish ( and you know how fast I usually am) there was a woman in class that had a head injury and let everyone know ahead of time that she would be working at her own very slow pace and she even finished before me!

Amanda said...

I LOVE this bottom piece! Dieing to see the absolute final version.