Monday, October 28, 2013

Assemblage Accents: Employing Faux Finishes and Patinas!

Assemblage AccentsAssemblage accents can provide a unique three-dimensional addition to any mixed-media painting. The sculptural presence, textural finishes and custom patinas make an assemblage accent a desirable element for the mixed-media milieu.
In my paintings, I like to use vintage as well as newly repurposed accents, incorporating metal, plaster, clay and wood in unique combinations. To harvest a unique collection of trinkets and time-treated treasures, I go to flea markets, antique shops and the like. I just love it when I find just the right trinket that I can make into a one-of-a-kind treasure. I also pilfer from my great-grandmother’s button collection which has some amazing vintage pieces. Finding that perfectly aged piece when you need it is not always easy. But, there are some great dimensional accents that can be found at the local hardware store. Wooden trim and other such accents can be treated with an aging varnish or a crackle patina to give them a time-honored look.

In my recent online webinar entitled Assemblage Accents: Employing Faux Finishes and Patinas, I covered creatively customizing not only found objects and assemblage accents and but also custom sculptural creations with unique finishes and patinas.
The webinar is now available for download!  

The three-dimensional landscape captivates an audience with its engaging constructs, intriguing enclosures, tactile surfaces and custom add-ons, where the sculptural projection adds not only depth and dimension but also meaning to the work. From repurposed and custom-treated natural and man-made elements to hand sculpted creations in self-drying and polymer clay, a diverse array of exciting techniques and materials are explored in this video.

CYR_patinaAdding custom patinas and faux finishes using techniques such as sponging, glazing, dry brush, distressing and rusting just to name a few. In addition, sources of inspiration for unique finishes will also be discussed.

Throughout the video, dimensional and multilayered stenciling, embossing and debossing into acrylic pastes and gels, matter painting, sculpted fabric and other bas-relief treatments are shown. Working with rigid substrates such as wood, clay, metal and polystyrene foam, employing multi-layered panels, creating inlaid boxes, attaching assemblage accents that use free-moving, battery-operated, lenticular, video and sound chips add-ons and addressing structural, constructive and aesthetic issues of three-dimensional works are also covered. If you are interested in projecting your mixed-media work into the third dimension, this video is for you!
CYR_basrelief Copyright 2013 Lisa L. Cyr, Cyr Studio LLC

Artist Network Videos  by Lisa L. Cyr:

Creative Explorations in Mixed-Media: Collage Techniques for the Mixed-Media Artist
In the video, I go into detail about the intrinsic characteristics of various papers and the aesthetic possibilities and technical issues that go along with them. In collage works, weight, surface, texture, color permanence and opacity each play a part in the selection and use of paper and paper-based ephemera. Throughout the recording, I also discuss the use of handmade paper as well as the making of custom- treated papers. Paper treatments such as sponging, dripping, dry-brushing and custom stamping add a signature look to any paper surface. When it comes to adhering various collage and paper elements to a surface, I discuss which adhesive is the best to use for specific papers and applications. Sealing procedures are also covered, including when to apply isolation coats between various mixed-media techniques.

Paper manipulation such as the use of tearing, scoring, punching and die-cutting are also explored with detailed examples of various applications. In addition, I discuss a variety of techniques such as folding, wrinkling, creasing, burning, aging and distressing. Unique processes are shown throughout, using both paper and metallic surfaces.

For a more densely collaged substrate, I present techniques such as peeling-back, sanding, scratching and scraping. I also discuss the use of multilayered and raised surfaces with custom inlays that employ carving, scoring, embossing and debossing of paper and foils. The addition of embellishments and accents as well as the employment of stitching, weaving and knotting are also covered.

This video covers a diverse array of creative and painterly approaches using both transparent and opaque applications. Shown on various surfaces, altered, repurposed and custom tools are used in inventive ways to create signature works of art. Automatism and freeform painting techniques are also discussed, creating wonder-filled, imaginative environments that enrich the working surface with color, pattern and texture.

Transforming the Surface with Mixed-Media Painting Techniques
Throughout the video, lushly painted passages and rich transitions boast mixed-media techniques such as dissolve treatments using acrylic, gouache and ink, lift-off applications using oil paint and gouache and resist treatments with rock salt and candle wax. Dripping, spattering, ghosting and dry-brushing with paint and water-soluble crayons as well as custom blotting, masking, stamping and monoprinting are each explored in this exciting 90 minute video.

For more decorative applications and faux finishes, marbling using self-leveling clear gel, acrylic matte medium and PVA glue, sponging techniques with natural and manmade sponges, combing and pouring techniques using acrylic gels and paint with varying viscosities, ink embossing, crackle applications as well as other aging and distressing techniques are shown.

Creating custom collage papers with techniques such as veining and creasing along with mixed-media painting and surface treatments demonstrate exciting ways in which to infuse custom collage elements into a multimedia painting. The creation of custom acrylic skin surfaces, clear tape transfers and textured image transfers are also covered.

Techniques that creatively manipulate heavily-applied paint with a painting knife, comb and other non-traditional tools are also discussed. Utilizing alternative and unconventional tools and techniques, this video will certainly provide engaging and creative inspiration for artists who want to experiment and explore, igniting the creative juices!

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