Add depth and dimension to your acrylic and mixed-media painting by experimenting with a variety of unorthodox tools and materials. In this excerpt from Acrylic Artist magazine, Lisa L. Cyr, author of the book Experimental Painting, shares eight techniques to push and expand your creative repertoire and to encourage you to experiment with applying and manipulating paint on the surface for rich, textural effects.
1. Run broom bristles, forks, sticks, hairbrushes and combs across a wet surface.
2. Goose, turkey and duck feathers can be used as brushes.
3. Drop color from an eyedropper for a more explosive appearance.
4. Dripping paint or gesso from a stick or pouring paint from a basting syringe or plastic bottle with an applicator tip can add a dynamic, energetic quality that can also be quite dimensional.
5. To spread or drag paints, pastes or mediums across large areas, try squeegees, pastry spatulas and metal rulers.
6. Isopropyl alcohol can be used to dissolve areas of acrylic paint that haven’t fully dried.
7. Deboss your surface by pressing a heavy textured material into acrylic gel medium, coarse pumice gel, modeling or molding paste to create exquisite detail.
8. Molding paste and a pastry decorating bag with a diverse array of applicator tips can be used to incorporate small details and accents.
To read all 40 of Lisa L. Cyr’s tips and tricks, pick up a copy of Acrylic Artist magazine. The material in the second edition of the magazine—brought to you by the editors of The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Artist and The Pastel Journal—covers basic tools and materials (for those just getting started) as well as innovative and experimental techniques that incite new discovery.
Inside this special issue, you’ll discover:
- How Katherine Chang Liu imparts meaning to her abstract compositions.
- How California artist Sherry Loehr celebrates nature in unique Asian-inspired still life compositions.
- Five artists who go beyond pleasant renderings of bucolic landscapes to reveal an intellectual, emotional or even spiritual connection to the subject.
- How three innovative artists offer fresh perspectives on common subjects by composing their paintings as they would be experienced by the viewer in real life.
- Step-by-step demonstrations of a variety of mixed-media collage techniques.
- …and much more!
Acrylic Artist magazine is on newsstands until December 26, 2011. Or order your copy at the North Light shop by clicking here.
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