Welcome to the JUNGLE
Each month I will be demonstrating and creating a mixed media artwork. The aim of this is to give you ideas and to help you develop new knowledge and skills. To help you with this challenge, I have created a visual story board 'Step by step' of how to create an artwork similar to this one.
Your challenge is to create something similar. You can of course use any colours and patterns that you prefer, etc. Post your results below!
HERE is a direct link to the VISUAL STORY BOARD on my website showing you a step by step guide of how to create something similar! Good luck and looking forward to seeing your fantastic original creations!
I love these. Definitely going to have to try this this summer.
Very inspiring Gary, thank you. I just might go and make one NOW
I gave it a try some days ago after watching you doing it Gary, but colours arent staying vibrant as yours at all.
(Maybe this photo is a bit less dark than it really looks)
Even though im varnishing every layer of paint -first i collaged some paper, then some water colour, then some acrylic, the bitumen and final the spray paint - when i tried to clean the bitumen from some areas the colours underneath were very dull. Maybe the problem is that bitumen was too thick and it dries almost immediately (but remains a bit sticky.. just a bit). So i have to ask -even if you have probably answered the question 100 times- do you dilute the bitumen a lot? Something like 1:1? Its my first time using bitumen:) I need your precious experience before i start using it on my furniture -it makes the perfect vintage distressed look!
Also i think that, for best result, the stencil has to give the negative effect, right? -like you did Gary. I didnt, thats why the painting looks much more darker.
And here is a picture of a couple of empossed stickers i found the other day and i felt like i could and i should buy the whole shelf from the store. There are great on bottles.. and of course on paintings:)
Yes you have to dilute it. Use an empty tin can, washed and dried, - maybe dog food or baked beans or whatever you eat! Keep this can topped up to 1/2 full with bitumen and white spirit. Keep a paint brush in it all the time and a stirring stick. You have to experiment with the dilution. Different makes of bitumen come up in different strengths. so just work at it until you get it right. I've been using the same can/brush/stick for about a year now. Stand the can on a china saucer to stop dribbles getting on your work surface.
You want to aim for a mid thickness as too thin will wipe off too much every time. Oh and keep the tin in the garage as it smells, fumes are liable to make you ill!
Wonderful painting Mary. I like the subdude colours.