Canvas Board, Acrylic Paint, Matte Gel, Ground, Tools: Deli Paper, Skewers, brushes, toothbrush
“Special Effects” by Sandra Duran Wilson inspired me to try her technique. I was disappointed with my results, but found a way to make sunshine from a piece that might have been shoved into the wastebasket.
I like to paint as well as do calligraphy. I used both of those skills to make this triptych work.
I followed Wilson’s steps of painting Ground and Matte Gel on to a canvas board. Once that was dry, I painted 3 different acrylic colors plus a metallic color on 3/4s of the canvas. I added black with a paint brush on the last section. I placed the deli sheet over the colors and moved the sheet. When I lifted the sheet away, — yuck! — the paint had mixed into a muddy mess. So I started scrapping at the paint, peeling off much of the color and then dabbing more color on with a regular brush, scrapping lines with a skewer into the wet paint, and then brushing on paint with a toothbrush. I let that dry and then wrote across the pieces in black or white acrylic paint, which is why I named the triptych, “Calligraphic Storm.”