Today I worked on Lab 5 in Bee Shay’s book Collage Lab. I cut and distressed the cardboard to reveal a lot of the ridges, then I prepped the top row of the samples with white gesso. The second row was prepped with matte medium and the third row was not prepped.
Next I painted the samples
The first column was painted with full strength olive green paint.
The second column was painted in a 50/50 wash with turquoise paint
The third column was painted with a vivid lime green
The fourth column was painted with a blend of titan buff and a robin’s egg blue.
I’m already liking how the ones prepped with gesso look.
For the final coat I did a dry brush technique with yellow paint on the olive green column
On the second column I did a dry brush with full strength turquoise mixed with a little bit of bronze iridescent.
On the third column, I did a wash of 50/50 turquoise. It really toned down the brightness of the vivid green.
For the fourth column I did a dark blue ink wash (50% water)
The last piece in the photo was an un-prepped piece I painted when I had paint left over from other samples. I think I’ll lighten it up and try the tissue paper overlay that Bee Shay writes about in her blog.
Lab notes: I liked the samples that were prepped with gesso the best . The colors were truer since they weren’t influenced by the color of the cardboard.
After the pieces dried, the green gold pieces were really ugly. I added a 1/1 mix of light aqua paint and acrylic glazing liquid. I colored the extra piece that was dark turquoise as well. I liked it so much when I was finished that I followed Bee’s lead by writing on tissue paper with a Pitt artist pen and adhering it to the cardboard with matte medium. I’ve got a plan formulating for how I will use it.