This week I want to talk about another technique for mixed media painting. This time I will be using a canvas, illustration board or 140 lb. cold press Arches watercolor paper with acrylic mediums. Starting with modeling paste (as in my painting on the right). I selected several ornate stencils and squeegeed the paste over the stencils one small area at a time around the figure and then allowed the paste to dry. Color washes were added to enhance the textures.
In the painting of the white horse below, I began with a blank canvas and smeared the modeling paste all over it with a palette knife, sort of like putting frosting on a cake. Once applied the fun began! I started with a cheap hardware store tool that is used to spread glue while installing tile. It has a nice serrated edge. I pressed bubble wrap into the paste, added crackle texture fluid, pulled, pushed and scraped. As long as the modeling paste is wet, you can do as you like. (It dries quickly!)
A Beautiful Surprise
I had no idea I would be painting a horse, but after randomly smearing some color over the dried surface, there he was. Some have said another horse head is appearing in the upper left corner of the painting. What do you think?
Whether you are using textures to enhance a painting or jump start one, I hope you have great fun giving it a try!