So here is the finished first experimental piece combining modelling paste, glass bead gel, crackle paste, home-made air dried paper clay, acrylic inks, iridescent medium, acrylic satin varnish and found objects from the beach on stretched canvas 60 x 20 cms. The piece is more vibrant than the camera shows with a lovely shimmer from the iridescent medium and inks.
I layered and blended the inks adding misted water to get it deep into the cracks so the darker colours stayed in the background. They are strong and vibrant, so only a little is needed at a time and they worked well with the acrylic iridescent medium. I am super pleased with the crackle paste, really love it actually.
The glass bead gel appeared to take the inks but when I added the satin varnish, some of the colour came away with the varnish, I didn’t mind as it gave a more watery effect. I think perhaps they would do better with colour underneath or added before applying.
The paper clay pieces took the inks beautifully, I painted the backs with inks before applying them with a little modelling paste, once dry, I painted the insides and the paste, and once they were dry, added some iridescent medium followed by a lick of silver ink and satin varnish to finish. Next project I will try the gloss varnish to see how they differ and reflect the light.
Overall, I am delighted with this experimental piece, the mediums worked well together, the textures perfectly depict the fishing net, mermaid scales and underwater feel. Next I will be doing much smaller pieces on 10 cm canvas.
Thanks for coming on this journey with me and do ask questions in the comments below !
If you missed the previous posts showing the processes before these…you can see them here…
The title “Fishing for compliments” came to me when I was preparing the images to add to the post and I thought it a little presumptuous but amusing…so why not.