Basic Acrylic/Spackle Mix and Pressed Textures.
Our second Mixed-Media Class was all about using spackle to add texture to your paintings. Jeanne gave us some hints about using texture:
- in a realistic image the texture should go closer to the ‘front’ of a painting, mimicking life where the texture/details are at the front of your vision and the rest fades back
- if you are doing a pure abstract, this does not apply as you are looking for rythmn and contrast of textures.
To add the textures we used spackle, also known as Redi-mix or drywall compound. Jeanne mixed up a big batch of basic spackle/medium mix: 75% spackle to 25% medium, the type of medium used depending on the thickness you require. Once it had been laid down on the canvas (primarily with a palette knife), she did a demo of running a comb through it, and pressing various items into it such as plastic lace doilys, stencils, etc.
Then it was our turn. I added the plain spackle/medium mix to my holyman painting and pressed in a plastic lace doily.
(If you’re interested in image transfers, here is the first stage of adding the transfer of an Indian holyman to a canvas panel.)
Here is a seagull I ‘painted’ with spackle/medium mix and several different-sized combs.
Another method is to press the spackle into a stencil. One student used a stencil that was leftover ‘holes’ from sequin-making, resulting in a honeycomb grid that she wrapped around the side of a wood panel (how cool was that?!) Here I tried the same honeycomb stencil on an orange painted ‘stone’.
Mixed Media Class Experience:
- My first mixed media class – selecting images suitable for transfer
- I am frantically wondering, “where’s the undo button?”
- Mistakes and more mistakes (using my scribbles painting as an example)
- How to do an image transfer, method # 1
- How to do an image transfer, method # 2
Our super instructor’s site: http://jeannekrabbendam.com/. On her site she has her work and offers lots of different workshops and courses.