Paris on Canvas (part 3)

Continuing with the “We’ll Always Have Paris” project you can see the first patch of crumpled wet paper arbitrarily laid on the canvas. This is where artistic licence comes in you can lay this all out however you please.  The arrow, of course , is pointing to the rough,deckle edge.

This photo reveals several pieces of paper layered on the wet painted canvas.  Overlapping the layers a little is a good idea and creates an interesting texture.  You can also pinch  the paper in places to create little ridges however remember you want to keep the center area relatively flat and smooth so that you can write on it later ( see original post).


Above left you will see a mixture of white and antique gold. This is the paint I used to cover the strips of paper (above right).  If you don’t have antique gold you can try another yellow mixed with a tinge of brown.  Be careful with yellows and browns.  It’s not a pleasant thought and some may wish to not mention it but you must always be thinking a bit crudely to avoid embarrassment after the project is done. You want earth tones not poop tones.  Unfortunately  artists must be asking themselves whether or not there are any hidden phallic symbols (they didn’t want) or excrement hues in their art.


Sponging on paint around the edges.

Tip: Keep a spray bottle with clean water handy. Giving your acrylic paint a fine mist spray of water occasionally will keep it from drying prematurely. You can also use it to keep the project in this case from getting dry too quickly. keep the piece laying flat if you do.

The next thing I did was used a small sponge which was soaked first in water and then squeezed dry.  Dip it insome orangy-brown colour ( in this case burnt orange).  While the surface of the canvas is still damp just dab a little of the colour on around the edge.  This will give your work an aged border.  Let the colour bleed into the wet tan colour surface.  You want it too blend and not seem harsh and contrasting. below are some close-up shots that hopefully will be of help.  Soon we’ll be ready for some finishing steps.

  Close up

Below is an example of some added detail that can be placed throughout the face of the painting. Remember to leave space for your writing and don’t over do this colour.  You want the violet to just complement the other colours and not over power them. This was done with a finer commercial sponge.

Tip: If you think you placed too much paint on with the sponge then simply roll the sponge over to a clean side and use the clean (and damp) side to sponge off any excess paint. This helps blend as well.

Sponging on a violet colour

Now it’s time to dry the substrate. I’m using a hair dryer to speed things up (below).  Remember I was in a hurry to get this done as it was a late coming idea for my daughter’s birthday. You can place it near another heat source like a wood stove or electric heater (but you can’t leave it unattended due to risk of damage or fire!!) To be honest the paper i used was a little heavy and wasn’t sticking to the sides of the canvas as I had hoped so I just propped some paint bottles against the sides to help hold the paper to the corners.

Speeding things up with a hair dryer.

There you have it for this post!  I’m relatively new at using WordPress so things may appear a bit ‘clunky’. Now to finish work on my Casablanca project.  See ya again soon! (Part 4 here)

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