Sometimes when I'm stuck for what to do in my studio, I get out the Clear Tar Gel Medium. What is this stuff? Well on the container of the Golden Clear Tar Gel, it says it "Generates fine lines by dripping from a palette knife or other tool." Here is a little demo I did a couple years back that shows how you can use it. CLICK HERE FOR DEMO. One of these days, I'll learn how to set up a video demo, but for now you are stuck with photos!
I have a few of these on the go right now. Here are two funky flowers! Each one is 20" X 7.0" on Peterboro Illustration Board. I used Fluid Acrylic paints.
A good friend of mine introduced me toBrusho®Paint crystals the other day, and a group of us tried it out. It sure was fun experimenting with it and figuring out all the ways that it can be used!
What is Brusho® you ask? Click on this link from BrushoSecrets.com and it will tell you all about it. Basically it is powdered pigment crystals. You can sprinkle it on dry paper and then spray with water, or sprinkle the dry powder on wet paper, or mix with water and paint like watercolour. Each method gives you a different effect. When the crystals react with water, they burst with colour and spread out in interesting patterns.
Out of the several experiments there were only two that came out worth posting here. For the first one, I drew the shape of the flower and then painted it with plain water. I then sprinkled the water with Brusho®. I ended up with quite a wild Coneflower! I did add very small touches of watercolour when I got home. I really like this one!
5" X 7" on paper
I really don't remember how I did this one, but I think I started out by sprinkling the crystals onto dry paper then spritzing with water. I know I dropped black into the wet scarlet and it ended up kind of like poppies. I enhanced it a bit more when I got home with some watercolours. I did discover that the Brusho® is easily reactivated with water after it has dried. Very interesting stuff.
I had taken a break from Watercolour Wednesday for a few weeks...(okay, I was lazy!), but it's back!! I was missing my little green tree frog that was sold the other day, so I decided to tackle a couple others. These guys are really colourful and fancy, and probably poisonous...but I thought they were cute! They are mostly watercolour, with a bit of ink and crayon. And both are available in my Etsy Store.