Friday, September 18, 2015

EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING: Workshop Panel Preparation & Supplies!


Experimental Painting: Inspirational Approaches in Mixed Media
with Lisa L. Cyr


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 - Liquitex preferred
Acrylic Gel Matte Medium - Liquitex preferred
Molding Paste - Golden Brand preferred
Bookbinder’s glue: PH neutral preferred (PVA/Elmers Glue or similar will do but not archival)
Gesso: white - prefer Dick Blick Professional gesso (thick)

Synthetic Brushes: (at least a small round, flat (large and medium size) and a fan brush - bring more brushes if you have them)
Painting knife: wide flat tip
Plastic Palette (or several cleaned Styrofoam meat and egg containers)
Natural and Synthetic sponges
Sponge Roller (approx 4” long) with handle
Craft Knife: with new blades
Metal Ruler
Wooden Stick: sharpened at tip
Old Toothbrush
Hair Dryer


Illustration Board or Masonite (gesso primed panels of TWO 16" x 20" panels OR EIGHT 8“ x 10”
Preparation instructions:
White Tissue Paper
Cotton Cloth or Gauze Cloth, Burlap, Heavy Lace, Cheesecloth, etc. (white) optional


Graphite Pencil (HB or regular #2 pencil is fine) and Kneaded Eraser
Two Containers for Water: large yogurt containers or coffee cans (nothing too small or shallow)
Printed Ephemera (newspapers, magazines, ticket stubs, wallpaper scraps, old letters, sewing pattern tissue, doily paper, etc. Bring as much as you can!)
Plastic Grocery Bags
Paper Towels
Cotton Swabs (cheap brand works better)
Painter’s tape: 1”
Wax Paper
Plastic wrap
Sand or Saw Dust (optional)
Aluminum Foil: heavy-duty (Do not get non-stick)
Spray Bottle
Plastic Comb: wide-tooth or Plastic Fork
Inkjet Prints (2 - 3) of your color work or sketches (printed in reverse) to use as ink transfers
Anything with a low relief embossed surface (wood or metal accents, etc.)

Put liquid mediums in 4 oz. bottle and pastes in
small containers. Water bottles also come in 4 oz.

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. 

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.

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

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