I wanted to update you on the status of my experimenting with other mediums. I have learned some new techniques and am having fun playing. I took some quick photo's to show you where I'm at.
I am happy with the way this piece turned out. I used acrylic paint, decals, handmade stamps and beeswax on wood panel. I was a little disappointed with the beeswax however. I found it hard to use and very temperamental… or maybe that was me. It was difficult to get it even and you need to be very careful to pick out any brush hairs left from painting it on. Adding beeswax also makes the piece very fragile because it easily dents. I am really bummed about this because I have been wanting to use beeswax for the longest time. Does anyone know any tricks to get it to work better?
I used the same techniques on this piece but without the beeswax. It still not finished. I need to paint the sides again and decide how I want to seal it. The gold leaves around the sides are stamped.
I decided to play with acrylics on this one. I like it and think it is fun, but it is way too tight and juvenile looking. I think it would be great in a kids room or magical as a children's book illustration, but it's not the look I am going for. It is a good example of how tight I naturally paint. I have been working very hard at loosening up and was dissappointed that I reverted to this kind of painting. Next time I am going to use a bigger board and bigger brushes to force me to paint boldly!
Well, that's it for now. I am still working and will share more in a week or so. So, what do you think? What do you like and not like about them? My idea of using the decals is to be able to create something more substantial than a print for my Etsy shop. I like the idea of decals because I can easily translate my watercolor prints with them.