My friends D and S attend the Art Unraveled retreat every year in Phoenix in August. they always come home with exciting projects to share. One workshop they did not take (but a friend told them about) was Carol Nelson's Effortless Abstracts. Check out her work HERE. We each started with a small canvas board or cradled panel.
I started with two 6"x6" panels.We applied some texture paste to the edges. Then (we all did things in random order) i took a foam plate and folded and tore it into shapes. then glued it to my cradled panel with tacky glue. then following K's suggestion, put a dab of paint in 4 different colours in each corner of the panel. Then blended and swirled and played with the colours.
After it had dried somewhat, i added glazes, metalics, interference paints and even mica flecks to the panels to create more glow and interest.
The next step is to use a paint pen, sharpie or in my case, payne's grey paint and a small brush to outline the shapes.
Here are the play date gals' works:
K did one with bright primary colours on a thick canvas.
K did this one on a small block with teal and copper.
even without the black lines it looks cool!D went outside the box and created this canvas board with circles cut from the foam plates.
S used three canvas boards and attached her foam plate sections with E6000 glue. It started to sort of "eat into" the foam - but created a cool leather-like effect.
She is still working on blending her colours with glazes and texture gels.
Thanks S for sharing this fun technique with us! And thanks too to Carol for being our inspiration!.