My passion for life reflects though my use of color in my paintings. I love to use bright and bold colors in my interpretation of large and beautiful flowers, local landscapes and trees. I am the happiest when I am outside enjoying the beauty of nature or recreating it on a canvas. The rich reds, purples, yellows and greens mingle to create semi-abstract bold and uplifting art. Nature has always been my inspiration.
The first thing people say to me is “I can't even draw a stick person”. That is exactly what I said, when I mentioned that I wished ...
Sunday, January 24, 2016
or paper decorating tape is very useful for blocking off sections of
a composition rather than trying to paint around them. It's easy to
use too: stick the tape onto the painting over the areas you want to
protect, then paint as if it weren't there. The tape protects what's
underneath and when you've finished, you simply pull it off.
off for trees, I used a roll of wide masking tape, about 2 inches or
5cm wide so I could tear strips of tape with ragged edges to stick
did this rather than using narrow tape because trees aren't perfectly
straight. It takes a bit of time, but it does mean you focus a little
more on where you're putting the tape. Once I got the tape where I
wanted it, I run my thumb over it all to ensure it is well stuck
down, to reduce the chances of paint seeping in under the edges.
then brushed and spattered
paint in suitable colors and tones
left the paint to dry before I pulled off the tape . You don't need
to, but I find it easier and it eliminates the risk of accidentally
dropping a bit of tape with still-wet paint onto the painting itself
or smudging something.
advantage of removing it while the paint is still wet is that you can
then quickly dab off unwanted paint.
can be areas where the paint will seep under the tape somewhat. There
are several reasons this can happen, starting with it not having been
stuck down properly in the first place. Brushing aggressively towards
the tape can push paint underneath it too. You can rectify this with
a bit of titanium white or gesso, to cover the paint.
in the paint can leave gaps for the paint to trickle into. In this
case, I'd tipped the painting on its side to let the paint run with
gravity a bit. Where it puddled up against the tape it had more
chance of seeping underneath.
a painting technique for adding a layer of broken, speckled, scratchy
color over another color. Bits of the lower layer(s) of color show
through the scumbling. The result gives a sense of depth and color
variation to an area.
can be done with opaque or transparent colors, but the effect is
greater with an opaque color and with a light color over a dark. When
you look at it from a distance the colors mix
close you'll see the brushwork and texture in the scumbled layer.
can scumble with a brush or a crumpled-up cloth (if you've ever done
decorating paint effects, you'll recognize it's a bit like
sponge painting a wall, on
a small scale). The key is to use a dry
cloth) and very little paint. It's far better to have to go over an
area again than start with too much paint.
your dry brush into a bit of paint, then dab it on a cloth to remove
most of the paint. It helps if the paint is stiff rather than fluid,
because it doesn't spread as easily when you put brush to canvas. Try
to keep the brush hairs relatively dry, rather than soaking up
moisture from fluid paint. If your brush is very moist, hold a cloth
around the hairs at the ferrule
rather than at the toe.
This will help pull moisture out of the brush without removing the
of the technique as rubbing the last little bits of paint from the
brush onto the painting, leaving behind fragments of color. (Or if
you like being vigorous, think of it as scrubbing at a painting with
a not-quite-clean brush.) You're working on the very top surface of
the painting, the top ridges of the paint or the tops of the canvas
fibers. You're not trying to fill in every little piece.
use your best brushes for scumbling as you'll most likely push hard
on it and flatted the hairs at some stage. Either buy a cheap,
stiff-hair brush that you sacrifice for scumbling, or use an old,
is a technique where the paint is being sprayed or flicked onto the
surface of a painting using either a paint brush, toothbrush or a
The way the
artist apply the paint is to carefully hit or the brush (which
contains paint) with a stick or another object so small droplets of
paint are spread all over the painting surface.
can be done on any paint surface with both white and coloured ground.
Layers of paint can Â“spatteredÂ” on top of each other in
different colors to create unique marbling or stone effects.
technique can be used for both opaque and transparent techniques and
can be applied with watercolor, acrylics and oil paint. The whole
surface can be spattered, or only some areas of the painting to
create texture. The rest of the painting can be masked and stay free
from the spattered paint.
artists may create paintings which consist entirely of paint which
has been spatted onto the canvas or other painting surfaces
out and using points SGRAFFITO
you thought the only end of a paint brush you should be using is the
one with the hairs on
it, you need to think again. The ‘other end’ is very useful for
the technique calledsgarffito
term sgraffito comes from the Italian word sgraffire
which means (literally) “to scratch”. The technique
involves scratching through a layer of still-wet paint to reveal
what’s underneath, whether this is a dried layer of paint or the
object that will scratch a line into paint can be used for sgraffito.
The ‘wrong end’ of a brush is perfect. Other possibilities
include a fingernail, piece of card, sharp point of a
palette knife a
comb, spoon, fork, and a hardened paintbrush.
limit yourself to scratching a thin line; broad sgraffito with, for
example the edge of a credit card, can also be very effective. If
you’re using something sharp, such as a knife, you need to be
careful you don’t accidentally cut the support
don’t limit yourself to using the technique with just two colors.
Once your top layer has dried, you can apply another color on top and
scratch through this. Or you could apply a range of colors in your
bottom layers so different colors show through in different parts.
main thing to remember when doing sgraffito with oils or acrylics is
that the color you want to show through must be totally dry before
you apply the layer of paint you’re going to scratch away.
Otherwise you’ll scratch off both layers.
initial color has dried, apply the color you’re going to scratch
through. The top layer of paint should not be runny, otherwise it’ll
just run back into the areas you’ve scratched.
use the paint quite thick, so it holds its form, or let it dry a
little before you scratch into it.
is particularly effective with
providing another level of texture as well as the contrasting color.
If you like having text on a painting, you should try using sgraffito
– you may well find it easier than trying to paint on words.
The Painted Canvas Joyce Findlay