Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I won't waste paint: Backgrounds and Doodles

Start Somewhere

Lately, some of my favorite pieces are happening by accident. Since I'm still pretty new to working with acrylic paints, I'm often squeezing out more than I need at any given time. As I am not interested in using the "Stay-Wet" style palettes, I have no choce but to use up or throw out my excess paint. And I just can't stand the thought of tossing perfectly good paint.

Acrylic background - using up the paint in my brush

I am a notorious multi-tasker when painting with either watercolor or acrylic. It's unusual for me to work on only one thing in a particular sitting. I have a bunch of this hand made Indian watercolor paper on hand, (Bought in big sheets from Blick) chopped up into smaller pieces. It takes acrylic paint wonderfully and so I'll use up whatever is on the brush on one of these pieces.

Acrylic background - using up the paint in my brush

You can see how one of these sheets starts out. Black gesso painted with a sponge brush then some Golden Cadmium Red.

Red and Black

And how it ends up. The thing that's really interesting to me is that some of the doodles over top are also from left over paint and though are done really quickly - I think they are turning out quite wonderful. (1st & 2nd images were painted in this manner.)

Acrylic background - using up the paint in my brush

I loved the way the background started out on this last piece - so much so that I was hesitant to do anything further to it, but I knew whatever it would be, would be red for sure.


This piece was worked in multiple layers.Golden Cadmium Red, black & white gesso paints & a white gel pen were used to complete this piece.



Megan Warren said...

I love them all - but I have to say that the last one is my favourite

Daisy Yellow said...

Stephanie, I also multi-task in painting more than one page at once, but I often wind up with drab backgrounds with the excess paint. These are gorgeous! The last mandala is stunning.

Stephanie "Biffybeans" Smith said...

Thank you Megan!

Tammy - if I had a bigger workspace, I could see myself working on a dozen things at a time. :o) And thank you for the compliment on that last piece. :o)

JRMN said...

Wow, that looks beautiful. Did you use a sponge brush or foam brush? Are you getting that texture look from the paper or the brush?

Stephanie "Biffybeans" Smith said...

Jermaine - I do think I used a sponge brush on those, but it is also a textured watercolor paper. Handmade Punjab paper from Blick. It is not very expensive & it is fun to play with using acrylics.

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