Saturday 3 September 2016

Working on a Black Background

This is my first attempt at creating a larger mixed media canvas, building up colour from a black background.  I made it for my brother, who is very musical, for his birthday (4th September); my parents have taken it with them over to Canada, where he lives.  I hope that it has survived the journey and that he likes it.  Happy Birthday!  Unfortunately, although I took lots of close ups of the finished piece, I forgot to take a picture of the whole finished canvas; this photo is of the piece before I toned down some of the coloured areas with black gilding wax.

I started with a 10" x 12" canvas board which I coated with black gesso; once dry I added Pebeo modeling paste top and bottom through the Graphic Equalizer stencil designed by Sheena Douglass for Crafter's Companion.
Close up - Top

Close up - Bottom

I allowed this to dry overnight.  The next day I cut the quote from grunge paper using my Cricut Expressions machine and the Quarter Note cartridge (set to 4").  I also used a couple of dies from the Tonic Studio Rococo Music Collection to cut some additional embellishments from grunge paper as well as some small metal music note embellishments which I had in my stash; once I was happy with the layout I adhered them into place.
I then covered the entire piece with black gesso once again.  Next came the experimental, fun part.  I dropped some Pebeo Cobalt Blue Vitrail paint into the 'music' cut out and then added some tiny amounts of Sand Fantasy Moon paint.  I had to wipe the excess off with a baby wipe, but I was really pleased with the final result.
I then started adding some Blue/Black, Green/Yellow and Blue/Green Iridescent Studio Acrylic paints by Pebeo over areas of the canvas, highlighting the raised areas and around the edge of the canvas.  
It's amazing how different the colours look when sponged/added with fingers onto a black background, rather than it appears in the tube or on white.  The blue/black appears purple, the green/yellow more of a gold colour and the blue/green is the only one which remains almost the same tone if you look at the close-ups below.

I had more Pebeo products which I wanted to play with and I also wished to pick out some of the detail.  Once the paint was dry, I lightly brushed  some fluid gilding paste mixtion over some of the raised areas and allowed it to dry for 15 minutes.  I then rubbed over those areas with one of the Gold Mirror Effect Foil Leaves.  This had an unintended consequence; as well as adding some gorgeous highlights, some of the foil stuck to areas of the Fantasy paint in the 'music' as it remains tacky for quite some considerable time.  I absolutely loved the effect, so left it in place.

Finally, I rubbed some black gilding paste over some of the canvas, where I felt that the paint was a little over done, such as around the music plaque and around the individual music notes.

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