Saturday, 25 April 2009

Canvas for Fiona

I made a canvas for Fiona's birthday. I found a square canvas with sloping sides, and used a small palette knife to apply regular gel medium all over to add texture. I think this is the original purpose gel medium was designed for! I also used the gel to adhere and embed the main focal point of the canvas - a paper casting of a rubber stamp.

Once the gel had dried, I began adding very thin layers of fluid acrylic paint in Paynes Grey, and Turquois (pthalo) plus a little Cobalt Turquoise (that was a mistake, it's not transparent enough!). I built up and added the paint layers, then added some violet around the bottom of the sides.

I added some gold oil pastel to the high points of the texture, then added 2 more layers of paint. The gold didn't show through enough, so I touched the high points with Treasure Gold to highlight them. It was difficult to get a good image of this canvas. The image above was scanned and shows the detail well, the image below is a photograph which shows the colour much more accurately but doesn't show the detail so well!

Anyway, Happy Birthday Fiona!


  1. Very fun birthday gift. Wow - what a difference in color between scanning and photo. Goes to show how hard it is to photograph art.

  2. This is a great piece! Thanks for sharing your process.

  3. I love how you made your canvas. The blue may be dark but looks great.

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  4. And it is wonderful in real life too! Thank you so much Adrienne. Wonderful textures.




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