My acrylic painting process uses lots of acrylic paint of course and some of my favorite tools – my fingers, string, wax paper, a spray bottle, sponge brushes and regular brushes too.
I build up layers of acrylic over an undercoat of textured pattern which creates an aged look and depth.
I start with either heavy weight paper, wood panel or canvas that is covered with white gesso. Using wax paper, I scratch into it and stamp it into the painting to create texture. Some of the lines are made with dipping string into paint and then applying it freely.
One of my favorite tools is my spray bottle and I use it often. The water faucet, or shower is used to rub some of the paint off with water too which gives it that aged look I love.
My sketchbook is near and I jot down words or phrases while working which helps me when I’m thinking of a title for my work. I do want the viewer to make up their own story behind the painting, but I hint of it with the title of the piece.
I’m drawn to titles that have a lyrical quality to them. A few of my favorites are “Big Sun, Hidden Buddha,” “She Built Her Nest with Flowers and Bits of Sky” and “Red Dog Sleeps Under the Light of the Moon.”
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