|'Summer Joy' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
There was a misunderstanding. Or so I thought. Whatever happened it inspired me to try it....a Vodka Underpainting! I was working with one of my online mentoring students last month and the assignment was to do an alcohol wash. I was certain I clarified that I use isopropyl alcohol. But when the assignment was done she told me she had used vodka for her alcohol. hmmmmmmmm.
I didn't see why it wouldn't work. It's a clear liquid. We just need to wet down the pastel with a liquid. Her painting was wonderful! She explained that she had seen a Youtube video of a Vodka underpainting so decided to try it.
Well know you know me....if I haven't done it yet I need to try it myself. So into the liquor cabinet I went for a bit of vodka.
|a little bit of vodka in my empty cup|
|The vodka underpainting when dry|
Working on the dried underpainting felt the same as any other wet underpainting. I saw no difference. I did manage to cover up all of the cool drips which often happens. Sometimes I am successful at leaving them show and other times I get carried away with pastel! This time I did get carried away and even added some shaved pastel flowers!
I did enjoy using the Vodka and will definitely give it another try! Maybe a painting party is in order...cocktails and underpaintings!
|close up of texture|