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This exercise did suggest using oils due to their slow drying properties.  At the moment I don’t have oils, or the funds to get any so I may revisit this after pay day :). So I have tackled it with my acrylic paints.

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Beginning in my sketchbook with the old credit card as suggested. I used neat paint, on its edge, used like a plasterer, the card could lay down  a good solid amount of colour, which would make for a speedy application on a large area.

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Using a a couple of painting knives, a large and a small, carving into thicker paint with the point of the knife (yellow ochre)  and creating texture by using the small knife and laying layers very close (blue).

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Realising sketchbook not really big enough went on to A2. Laying ground with credit card and using knives.

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Now I had the bigger paper, remembering the Gerhard Richter I’d seen at the weekend I took the credit card again and swept colours across the paper.  Using the edge of the card to create uprights. Thinking this was unstructured play I did notice, however that you do need to consider what colours to choose and how much to use and when to stop.

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Back to the sketchbook, laying a ground of Cadmium yellow and using purple on top – the yellow is extremely strong and the purple ended up looking brown. The top four marks are a toothbrush. The bottom four are corrugated cardboard, cut into a zig zag at one end creating three prongs, could be useful tool if need a regular pattern. Dipping the uncut edge in the paint also created a print of the inside

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Following on from the print discovery, used bubble wrap, top left.  Then painted through a paper doyley, particularly liked the yellow on yellow which produced a sort of jacquard effect.

 

 

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Whilst waiting for the sketchbook to dry again, back to A2.  This time using screwed up rag.  This gives a softer effect and would take time to build up depth of colour – but pleasing as acrylic colour used,so far has been very bold.

 

 

GetAttachmentGetAttachment-2 I was a little frustrated with the quick drying properties of the acrylic paint, so I added a ‘retardant’ to the purple and tried scratching in a rough drawing of my coffee mug with a wok brush. This wasn’t very successful, I may not have added enough retardant, so I then started to draw with the wok brush over this. I like the rough effect and its quite exciting that if creates a looser style of work as you have only a limited amount of control with the brush, you cant be absolutely sure where the paints going.

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There are endless ways that paint can be applied and the learning for this exercise is that the experimentation will go on……and on……..

I would imagine that this will become part of the preparatory process for producing paintings going forward.

The whole experience will probable be different again with oil paints.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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