They say that necessity is the mother of invention.
I also think that scarcity can lead to experimentation.
The typical use of Golden’s gessos and grounds are to lay down a very thin layer to add tooth to paper, canvas, wood, or whatever support you are creating your art on.
However, I am rather poor and have been running low on some of my more frequently used texture mediums such as molding pastes and soft gel.
So I experimentated. (Sorry, I just like that word too much to conform. I exercise my right to creative word-making, lol!!) :O>
I had just gotten this cross as a set of 3 of them, shipped to me cheaply from someone on Amazon who lives in China.
It struck me as a centerpiece, so I played with it on a six by six inch square canvas, and in my mind’s eye.
What I came up with is laying down light molding paste in the corners, filled in with acrylic ground for pastels, and overlaid with ribbons of fine pumice gel. I sank the cross and the four round metal pieces into the pumice gel and let the whole thing dry overnight.
I put this pic up on Facebook and DeviantArt and asked for suggestions for colors. There were many good answers, and I think I may just have to make more of these and try out all the color combinations I think MAY look nice.
But several people mentioned turquoise, and that struck me as right.
Still, I could see my favorite “off” color — Diarylide Yellow – in the corners.
Especially because light molding paste absorbs color and so light and bright works best.
Using my handy-dandy color wheel, I picked out a triad with my yellow-orange at the top.
Then I carefully painted the pastel ground Permanent Violet Dark and the pumice gel Turquoise (Phthalo).
Immediately I fell in love with how the grounds turned the dark colors into rich, leathery texture-color!
But the yellow now seemed overly bright…!
So I toned it down and highlighted the texture at the same time by rubbing on some haematite color metallic gloss paint by Viva Inka-Gold.
I’m not 100% certain that I like how it turned out, but I posted it on Etsy anyways.
Besides, I LOVE the texture:
Now I hope to eventually create several more of those RAW versions, and paint them all different colors… Stay tuned..! 😀
Here’s the step-by-step slideshow: