Friday, September 18, 2015

EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING: Workshop Panel Preparation & Supplies!

For attendees of my workshops, here are some tips on how to prepare your panels for class:

For the preparation of TWO 16" x 20" panels, acrylic gesso prime the boards at least twice to seal the surface.
Acrylic gesso primed panel

Divide and section off the panels using a graphite pencil. Measure 1" all around and then 1" in the middle horizontally and two 1" sections every 4 inches on the vertical, leaving six 4" wide  by 8.5" tall panels.
Panel divided in sections with 1" spacing in between

Mask off the panels using your 1" painter's tape. Apply the tape around all the edges as well as in the marked sections. Adhere it down well, using your fingers. One panel will be used for two-dimensional techniques and the other for three-dimensional, bas-relief techniques. Your TWO 16" x 20" panels are now prepared to experiment with twelve different techniques that I will demonstrate in class!

Panel masked off with painter's tape

For the preparation of EIGHT 8" x 10" panels. Prime each panel with acrylic gesso.

Eight 8" x 10" gesso primed panels

Take three of your 8" x 10" panels and mask them off with 1" painter's tape all around the edges and in the middle. Leave the other five panels unmasked. Your 8" x 10" panels will be used to explore a multitude of expressive, mixed-media painting techniques that I will demonstrate in class. I am looking forward to working together!
Three 8" x 10" masked off gesso primed panels

*some supplies are optional and not required but will be demonstrated by the instructor.

Acrylic Paints (at least basic colors: Red, Yellow, Blue, White, Black, one metallic - bring more if you have them)
Black Waterproof Ink
Acrylic Matte Medium
Acrylic Gel Medium
Molding Paste
Self-leveling Clear Gel (optional)
Bookbinder’s glue: PH neutral preferred (or regular PVA/Elmers Glue or similar will do but not archival)
Gesso: white
Graphite Pencil (HB or regular #2 pencil is fine) and Kneaded Eraser

Synthetic Brushes: (at least a small round, large and medium size flat and fan brush - bring more if you have them)
Painting knife: wide flat tip
Embossing Stylus
Plastic Palette (or several cleaned Styrofoam meat and egg containers)
Natural and Synthetic sponges
Plastic Stencils (optional)
Sponge Roller with handle: approx 4” long
Craft Knife: with new blades
Metal Ruler
Wooden Stick: sharpened at tip
Old Toothbrush
Hair Dryer
Put liquid mediums in 4 oz. bottle and pastes in
small containers. Water bottles also come in 4 oz.

Illustration Board or Primed Masonite (1/4”) cut into eight 8“ x 10” panels and two 16“ x 20” panels
White Tissue Paper
Cotton Cloth (white, light weight)

Two Containers for Water: large yogurt containers or coffee cans work well (nothing too small or shallow)
Printed Ephemera (newspapers, magazines, ticket stubs, wallpaper scraps, old letters, sewing pattern tissue, doily paper, etc.)
Plastic Grocery Bags
Paper Towels
Cotton Swabs
Painter’s tape: 1”
Silver Tape: waterproof
Wax Paper
Plastic wrap
Sand or Saw Dust (optional)
Aluminum Foil : heavy-duty (avoid non-stick)
Spray Bottle
Plastic comb: wide-tooth or Plastic Fork
Inkjet Prints (1-2) of your work (printed in reverse) to use as ink transfers
Anything with a low relief embossed surface (leaves, wood or metal accents, heavy textured material or paper, etc.)

NOTE: If you are traveling, you can put liquid mediums in small 4 oz travel bottles and pastes in small plastic containers that you can get at the dollar store or drug store. Take the wax paper and foil out of the roll and fold up some sheets flat. 

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