Exercise: Mixing materials into paint

IMG_8275Experiment with mixing materials from the landscape to build texture into your painting. 

I should think this painting is going to take a few days to dry. I’ve used a lot of acrylic paint  mixed with PVA and a selection of materials gathered from garden, garage and kitchen.

I didn’t have any particular theme or design in mind. I was simply using up left over paint , splodging it on with a palette knife and trailing one colour through another. It seems to have energy like some kind of showy, exploding chrysanthenum.

How effective were the different materials?

bits-wood

Small pieces of wood in the red paint. Quite effective but lost in the maelstrom.

crushed-peppercorns

Crushed peppercorns in white paint  – looks a bit like someone has thrown up!

hydrangea petal

Dried hydrangea petal – with less going on this could be effective – the vein of the petal shows through the paint. In a different colour scheme it could appear delicate and fragile.

fine sand

Fine sand in the white – this is subtle and I would definitely use it again

rosemary and brush bristle

Rosemary ‘needles’ and brush bristles – the bristles were very fine and have been lost but the rosemary is interesting. Quite angular and harsh.

 

 

 

 

 

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