Aug
24
2010

Using Impasto Medium to Create Three Dimensional Effects by Micah Mullen

In depicting elements in nature relief effects give a 3-dimensional effect that really makes the paint “pop” right off the canvas.  In this painting technique I am using Matisse Structure paint (Carbon Grey) along with Matisse Impasto Medium to create tree bark.

Step 1:  I mix a ratio of about 30% paint with 70% Impasto Medium.  Make sure the mixture is throughly mixed (I use a palette knife) when complete the mixture should be the color of the paint.

Step 2:  Apply as much masking tape as needed over the area where the impasto mixture will be applied.   In this instance a width of about 4” of tape is used.  I generally use more tape than is actually needed so the excess will catch any spillage in the removal process.

Step 3:  Once the tape is applied I use an Excel knife to cut out various shapes,  It is important to use a sharp exacto knife and a heavweight canvas, otherwise you risk cutting right through the canvas.

Step 4:  Once the tape is prepared, I use a palette knife and begin applying the impasto mixture. I like to use alot of the mixture, the impasto medium can hold peaks of about an inch.  One applied you can use the knife to smooth out the mixture, or you can leave rough or even add some textured details when the mixture is still wet.

Step 5: When the mixture is still wet begin lifting the layers of tape off.  Be sure to lift the layers by the outer layer first, otherwise you risk lifting all the layers at one and creating a mess.

When complete the Impasto mixture will take about 24 hours to fully dry.  During this drying period you can add texture and subtly shape the peaks.  Once dried, the peaks can be painted over just as if they were another layer of paint.

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Aug
23
2010

AOC 2010 Update!

Great news! The Art of the Carolinas 2010 brochures are out. They have been mailed, so if you are on our mailing list, you should see one in your mailbox early next week. Christina: Great job on the cover! Kim: Great job on the entire layout! Vendors: Thank you for the great prices and wonderful ads. Artists: What a whirlwind of workshops you are offering this year! We hope you will come to the show and help us celebrate our 10th annual Art of the Carolinas. If you would like a brochure mailed to you, a friend or your organization, give me a call at 919-876-6610 or 800-827-8478 x 156 and we’ll take care of you. Registration for the workshops is well underway, so if you want to sign up for your favorite instructors, do it now! All information is posted on our Web site, so feel free to check out what we’ll be offering you this year.
Call me if you have any questions!
See you in November!

Sharon DiGiulio
Event Coordinator

 

Aug
20
2010

Liquid Pencil

There is some hype about a new product....the Sharpie Liquid Pencil.  This is a fun item that writes like pencil and remains eraseable for 24 hours before it becomes permanent. 

But wait!  This sounds familiar!  Matisse Derivan has been making a product called the liquid pencil.  Although the Sharpie is great as an everyday writing utensil, the Matisse liquid pencil is made for artists.  It comes as a fluid so you can pour it onto your palette and use a brush.  In addition, there are 4 subtly shaded undertones and 2 neutral graphite shades to use.  You can use brushes, pen nibs, or any other mark-making tool.

The liquid pencil has a permanent and re-wettable formula.  The permanent formula is water-soluble and similar to acrylic.  The re-wettable formula is similar to watercolors in the sense that it can be thinned extensively with water or lifted with water.  You can even use a regular eraser.

Get the sheen of graphite with the behavior of paint!  And make sure to watch Sterling Edwards’ Free Art Lesson for a great demonstration.

 

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