Because I’m interested in innovative art, people sometimes send me information about unusual techniques. A couple of weeks ago friend and fellow artist Debbie sent me a link to a fascinating technique using plastic wrap and acrylic paint that creates crystal-like effects.
I tried it using thinned down house paint over paintings that weren’t working, and it’s amazing! It has the ability to pull a piece together, but it requires some experimentation.
The things to consider are the transparency/opacity of the paint and contrast. The first two paintings below are relatively low contrast with transparent paint, and the last one is higher contrast using opaque paint.
Click on the images for more information about each piece.
“Cell Division,” 20 x 20 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas
“Ode to Spring,” 20 x 20 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas
“Rock Solid,” 20 x 40 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas
The basic idea here is that you put down a layer of watery paint, and cover it with scrunched up plastic wrap. Let it dry, remove the plastic (which can be re-used) and voila! Interesting patterns that turn a dull painting into something vibrant. It’s so much fun!
Where do you find innovative ideas, art-related or not? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,