|'Flower Power' 12 x 9 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
So today I set aside a few hours for me time in the studio. I have been wanting to experiment with textures in a wildflower meadow. I pulled out a white Pastel Premier mounted board and began building up layers for my underpainting
- I started with an alcohol wash with Art Graf pigment blocks.
- While the Art Graf dried I sprayed some India into make droplets of black all over my meadow.
- I then took a blue Nupastel stick and drew linear marks though the underpainting.
- I wanted some white spots of color so I took some white acrylic paint and splattered my board with paint. This was messy but FUN!
- I found some Schminke gold powder and sprinkled some on the wet paint.
- I took the palette knife and dragged it through the printmaking grass marks which I hoped would leave indentations in the paint.
- Will a final spritz of black ink I left the underpainting to dry.
Here is the finished underpainting. The Pastel Premier board help up to the abuse!
After the underpainting was dry I began to layer soft pastels. I used Terry Ludwig pastels with a few extras beside my Floral Landscape set. The textured underpainting was mostly covered with pastels but it definitely added some interest to what could have been a big boring and empty foreground!
|Beginning the pastel layering|