2019 Topic 6: Fish
Fantastic background technique here from Chris usng Fresco paints and infusions. Always fun to blend more than one colour medium together. Lovely effect she has created!
Hi everyone, it's Chris Dark with you today and I'd like to share a project using the gorgeous Zinski Art ZA28 stamp set! As soon as this topic came up I knew I wanted to use this set and if you're a fan of the band Groove Armada you'll know where the sentiment comes from, it makes me laugh every time. I had an idea for the new PaperArtsy Brayer and paint tool to make a textured background with Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics over which I'd add Infusions so that it would sit in all the texture for an underwater scene.
I started by putting out some shades of Blue Fresco Finish Acrylics in stripes which I picked up and brayered over the canvas for my first layer. Here I've used Jade, Blue Lagoon, Pea Coat, Blue Oyster, and Beach Hut.
I added subsequent layers of paint and moved them about while wet with the texture scraper, I've gone for vertical lines followed by horizontal wavy lines. The colours here are Tangerine Twist, Prawn and Mustard Pickle.
You can see the random sprinklings of Infusions powders and I've used a bit more than I would normally as I have a very textured surface.
Nice pools of colour after applying a generous amount of water. Infusions here are Frankly Scarlet, Sleight Blue, Violetta, Raspberry, A Bit Jaded and Terracotta.
I mopped some off with paper towel and you can see how the pigment has settled into the grooves made with the scraper.
Next I've sprinkled Infusions onto some Smoothy heavyweight card, spritzed with water and dried off. I used this piece to stamp the fish which have been fussy cut out afterwards.
I also used the Infusions powders as watercolours to underpaint the Bass Man image! I added coloured pencils when dry.
Colouring progression and where I tested out the colour on the side of the Smoothy heavyweight card for the shade. The card works incredibly well for watercolouring, it doesn't pill up and allows you to move the colour around and blend out easily.
I popped one of the bass under the hat, I think this is the bass he'll be shaking later :-)
Everything is outlined with black watercolour pen for definition.
I really love how all the paints melded into each other when I dragged the scraper tool through them and in places revealed the colours underneath. The texture adds interest and even more so when the Infusions powders were added and settled into some of the grooves. The walnut crystals also leave their own texture which is perfect for this kind of background to go with the fish theme. You can try this out on a small canvas initially if you want to use just a little paint to get the feel of it it and you can always dry off and paint over if you aren't happy with the results.