I almost always use acrylic glazes in my paintings. Generally I mix about 20% paint to 80% medium. Usually the technique only requires a fraction of the mixture and the rest ends up drying in the palette. I began experimenting with these dried paint skins by cutting out shapes, usually I use gel medium as a glue to adhere these shapes right on the canvas. Below is a technique where I use these dried paints in conjunction with impasto medium. The demonstration was a practice for the larger piece shown at the bottom right.
- Using masking tape I isolate the area where the paint/impasto medium will be applied
- I use an exacto knife to create a rough edge, to make one side of the tree
- I mix about 20% paint with 80% Impasto Medium
- I apply the mixture on the intended area
- Using a palette knife I smooth out the mixture and remove the tape.
- After cutting out a selection of shapes form the dried glaze mixture, I imbed those directly into the impasto mixture to represent the tree bark
- The impasto medium mixture takes about 24 hours to dry.
- When dry the impasto mixture will hold the glaze chips securely in place
I have a video on this at www.youtube.com/micahmullenart
The finished painting is the 5th painting in my Beidler Forest Series.
Comments, criticism and questions are always welcomed.