Sunday, July 7, 2013

Clear Tar Gel Experiments - A little demo

Another fun thing I learned at the Mary Todd Beam workshop was playing with Clear Tar Gel acrylic medium.
Taking a plastic spoon, I dip it into the Tar Gel and drizzle it onto some scraps of illustration board or mat board. This one turned out a bit messy because I was trying to do it left handed so I could take the picture!

Drizzling Tar Gel

You can adjust the thickness of the gel "string" by raising or lowering the spoon and/or adding more gel to the spoon. You have to experiment to get the feel of it.
Once they have dried, I spray the board a bit to get it a little wet, then brush on some watery liquid acrylics, letting the paint mix and mingle. 

I like to do a bunch of these and have them ready to put paint on after they have dried. They are great "warm-up" pieces...something to get you in the studio and getting your paints out.

Here are a few of my recent experiments:







10 comments:

  1. Lovely!! I have a little jar of tar gel that I've never used. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to try.
    Stay inspired!

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    1. Have fun, Michelle! It's a great way to loosen up!

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  2. Oh lordy, Patty. Now I must have some tar gel. These are so cool! And I just posted a diatribe about creating a consistent body of work. lol

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    1. I hear ya, Billie! How can I get a consistent body of work if I want to try everything that I think is cool? Sigh....LOL

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  3. i'd love to try this patty ...beautiful work ...your course with mary must have been so inspiring

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    1. Thanks, Jane! You should try it, it's a lot of fun and you get some interesting results.
      Yes, Mary is very inspirational. She is in her eighties and she is still so enthusiastic about painting and sharing her vast knowledge and ideas.

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  4. This is an interesting way to work...I wasn't familiar with tar gel - thanks for introducing us to this medium.

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    1. Thanks, Barb! I hope you give it a try!

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  5. This is so cool and lovely! I just came across your blog and like what I see. Happy Holidays!

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    1. Thanks Meera! I'm glad you are enjoying my blog! Happy Holidays to you too!

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