Immediately after my hand painted acrylic Surf Frame was done, I want to jump straight into making another handcrafted project. Here I present you more detail steps from choosing the colour to completion. We will start with the usual 8″ by 8″ canvas from to whole large piece of 8″ by 24″ size. This can easily purchase off the shelf from Art Friend.
The Colour Palette
I like this colour because I do not want a deep black and I don’t want to end up with grey.
This light refreshing yellow will sit very well on the background of Deep Sea blue.
I had chosen a light sweet pink to compliment the bright yellow careful not to overpower the yellow.
Lastly, we come to this sexy red, this is just the kind of colour what will capture your attention when you step into the room. Perfect!
Mixing Colour & plastering
the my previous project, I use the Liquitex Stucco gel which is a little high on the price, so I switch to plaster powder which is responsible for the texture effect. All you need to do is to add a little acrylic paint on the ready plaster gel and get your hands dirty.
Things To Lookout
Try a little bit of colour for the first time before you know how much colour needs to blend well. Don’t forget that you are also mixing white colour.
Do not mix a small quantity of paint with the plaster and come back to repeat the process, it is because it will result in slightly different colour tone.
While applying the plaster gel, do not go make a coffee and return to the work. Nasty dry up effect might not be what you want.
At this stage, you might want to decide on how strong the texture you want. Try to play around with the knife tool and you may find it very interesting.
Slowly use the knife tool to create your master piece. If the thickness is not enough, feel free to add more plaster gel. Don’t worry you mess up the edge. All will look dandy when you lift up the mask.
Try to get some light reflect off the surface to get a good idea how it will turn out to be. Flat light is difficult to work with. The trick is to create your unique style.
You can start to paint the red frame at this point. Or you can paint it before you apply the plaster gel. I just don’t want to waste those overlap red paint under the Deep Sea blue. The choice is yours.
Set In The Pattern
In this picture I didn’t capture it under good lighting. While working in the afternoon, the Sun had managed cast its last power before Sunset. As you can see I had attached the two sides with painter’s tape to secure the mask, this alone will not be secure. Before going to the canvas, apply a thin layer of spray adhesive to the mask. Let it dry for a while before sticking it to the canvas. At this point you might be wondering is paint dry already. After applying the red coat, I used a hairdryer to make sure all areas are dry.
Beware! Do not immediately apply the mask after the spray adhesive is used. Let it dry.
Now that you have managed to stick all three mask patterns on the canvas, you can begin to spread the ready-mix colour with plaster gel onto the surface. The same principle applies while you are doing the base layer of the Deep Sea colour.
When enough paint has filled up the patterns, use a long knife to scrape off a large surface of the excess paint to be used in other areas. The long knife can be more even and uniform on the surface of the plaster gel. You don’t need to wait for the yellow to dry before you proceed with the Pink Carnation. All can be done together.
If you manage to arrive this far, you must have the same result you are seeing here. The next thing you might want to decide how to hang it on the wall. If you are putting it somewhere the sunny window, I recommend a layer of varnish protection will go a long way.
Till my next post, thank you for reading.