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Monday, July 30, 2007

When the boys are away...

the mom plays...
I haven't painted all Summer...yes, that's right...ALL SUMMER!! I've sketched and I've been to drawing class, but I've not picked up a paintbrush since May. So - this week, while the boys are up to some Abderian Adventures, I thought I'd play a little to loosen up and get back into the painting frame of mind. I started this with a photograph I took last May of a giant pink thistle blossom. I printed the photo out onto regular paper and cut out the blossom (yep... all those little tiny petals...) Then I coated my teeny canvas (5" square) with a layer of fake encaustic - made from Golden regular gel (matte) and a couple of drops of paint, which also served as glue for the image. (check out Acrylic Revolution for the details - you can find it at Amazon) After that dried, I layered some more "encaustic" on it and waited for it to dry. Then, I painted on top of all of that, added the text, waited for it to dry and added one last layer of matte gel. Voila...I've now painted something. Whew. I was getting worried...
The image in scale with a roll of masking tape...
Thistle with scale
And all cropped and pretty...I can just see a row of these somewhere...can't you?
Thistle