Most artist love to explore new tools and techniques. This side of exploration is an integral part of the creative process. My goal each months to share with you the new supplies / techniques that I have explored throughout the prior month. This experimental part of the creative process is something I have always enjoyed, whether it was in my pottery making classes, painting/sketching classes or just plain old"Lets Have Fun Classes" the exploration of new materials and techniques.
I hope you will join me each month as we explore the world of the Creative Soul.
I love this hard bound Journal. It holds up really well to day-after-day use. I used this journal in my first online class...
Plaster Painting Class released later this Spring and it is my main supply source for my soon to be released class Tissue Paper Journal.Classes
In this class I use gesso to seal the hardbound cover and it held up really well to the process without warping or changing shape.
After a friend mentioned these paints I decided to check them out. I have been painting for a long time with oil & acrylics and was looking for that great combination of low price + good quality in an acrylic.
The first thing different is the paint comes in a pouch instead of a tube. That turned out to be an easy asset which allowed me to paint directly on the canvas. The clear pouches make it easy to see the actual paint color for convenience.
With the addition of the abstract nozzle set added to the pouch I’m able to create various textures and shapes that give my artwork new depth and interesting impressions.
These paints are easy to work with and very reasonably priced.Here in Cincinnati Plaza ArtStores seem to have the best price and wide selection of colors. Have fun experimenting with the heavy, buttery texture of these paints.
There are many times that I want to add marks or specific shapes to one of my paintings and really want more control than a brush will give me. A marker would be my first Go To Tool, but most markers will bleed as soon as I apply additional acrylic paint over the marks.This is especially difficult to deal with, when working on a canvas surface. The marker ink seems to float on the surface of the canvas and smear and run as soon as the water based paint comes in contact with it.
Thank You for joining me this month. I am looking forward to all the creative fun and experiences already on the calendar for May.
Suzzanna Frank Fine Art
1310 Pendleton Street
You can find them pretty much at any art supply store, some version of a Stay-Wet acrylic palette. They work fairly well, and come with all you need, including a hefty price tag. I have two of them that I have used over the years. The problem is the lid. It bends and before long, it No Longer snuggly fits the tray, air is able to get in and your paint dries out.
On one of my recent trips to Home Goods I came across these tightly sealing cake trays.
The size was perfect, it wasn't so deep that I would
have any trouble using either my brushes or palette knife. The lid had a really tight seal(since it was originally meant for a cake). The best part, it was about a third of the cost to replace the no-longer sealing stay-wet palettes I was able to pick up three trays for the cost of one traditional stay-wet system.
So What supplies will you need:
1. A metal cake pan with tightly sealing lid. ( since finding mine at HomeGoods I have also seen them at other stores for about the same reasonable price)
2. Spray bottle /water
3. paper towels
4. wax paper/baking parchment paper
5. disposable palette sheets (optional)
1. Fold up a double thickness
of the paper towel so it will fit
comfortably in the bottom of the tray.
2. Add some water to the paper towel and let it soak it up. You don"t wand to flood it, just enough to make wet all over. Pour off any excess water.
3. Cut or tear a piece of wax paper or parchment paper to the approximate size of the tray. Lay it on top of the damp paper towel.
4. I use disposable palette sheets on top of this. That way the paint stays soft but not too wet.
Have fun using your new Stay-Wet palette.
Be sure to cover tightly when not in use.
Have a great week and stay safe.
1310 Pendleton Street
SANNA Fine Art