Thursday, July 23, 2009

Lesson 3 - Tricks of the Trade

Today we learned some tricks to get certain effects. We worked with a white candle on paper, with a candle over color to see how it kept the covered area permanently in the color it was. Then we painted rather wet on a piece of paper, put it down on our painting and pulled it off to the side. This is a great way to make a basis layer for backgrounds.

The second row is showing how gummi arabicum lets a color appear lighter and adds a shine to it. Then we used a wetting agent to drive away color (alkohol like gin or wodka works too :-) - nothing with sugar added like cognac, but you can use any "schnaps"), painted on glass and pressed the wet painting to the papier, scratched through the wet paint with a spatula and painted over masking fluid.
Here we scratched through the wet paint with a comb, used soap to wash out the color and blew the very wet color out of the painted square with a drinking straw. We also tried out printing with a sponge.
Removing the paint with a rubber was not very successful for me, maybe I was not aggressive enough. Then we used a gelatine leave to "print" as well as a plastic bag. I removed the plastic too soon, so I got rather rough structures. We also got to try out scratching through the paint with a knife and dropping seasalt and fine salt into the wet paint.
Then we used an old toothbrush to create splashes.
Finally we tried out certain colors which, when used together, seperate. This is an effect best seen on rough paper - mine was not rough enough, but it can be seen some.

This class was hilarious, we had tons of fun trying out the different things and comparing our results.

Tomorrow we'll get a lesson on perspective and then will paint a winter landscape and - if there is time - rain in the city (it is the hottest day of this year here in Austria. We have tempteratures up to 36° C in Vienna - so maybe painting snow and rain will cool us off).


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