Wednesday, October 27, 2010

evolution

it's always fun for me to see how a piece evolved from start to finish, especially when it has taken a while. i apologize up front for the color variations- the in progress shots taken in the house are a bit off, but you get the idea.

this started with some super heavy gesso that i scratched wiggly lines in. then i used it as a place to put left over pant- mainly prussian blue, but you can see some red on the right. the silver dots are from bubble wrap that i used on another piece &, again, dropped what was left of the paint here.


i've been reading books about layers & experimenting & texture, so i decided to add some crackle paste & light modeling paste. i stamped and drew circles in the wet paste to echo the bubble wrap. the design is light modeling paste pushed through a stencil. no idea why this one, but there are circles and swirly shapes that fit with the rest of the piece.


when the paste dried, i ran a wet paintbrush over it and added liquid irridescent bronze, which had been mixed with water & allowed to separate into bronze & blue. also used liquid turquoise. the paste sucked the color in & ran it together nicely.

ading texture & depth, i drizzled on clear tar gel, squiggly like the scratches on the bottom layer.


after that layer dried.


 the piece needed something to finish it. i decided to put self leveling gel over the whole thing for a smooth, glossy finish to tie it all together. you can't really tell, but there is gloss gel over the modeling & crackle paste to preserve it & the tar gel is glossy, but the rest was matte. i was also curious to see how the clear tar gel squiggles would show up.

masking tape around the edges, self leveling gel slathered on- with some areas higher than the gel layer.


and the finished product, which i think achieved the textural interest & feeling of layers i was after.


this was a fun one- i learned a lot, got to experiment and am happy with the outcome! yay! now if i could only come up with a name.....

4 comments:

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Wow! Interesting to see all those stages. I would have had no idea, just looking at the finished piece.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

This is really interesting because I like both the second shot and the end result.
Amazing how something can go through these changes, still bear a semblence and feel for the start but come up with such personality!
Excellent!

XXOO~~♥
Anne

Diane said...

Sometimes one has no idea of what all goes into something like this. It is "drop dead gorgeous" Marianne! I absolutely love the colors & all that textures. Wonderful work.

Marilyn said...

Great squiggles and textures here. Lots of depth in the layers too.