This was a $0.99 Goodwill canvas with a generic inspirational saying that I painted over with black acrylic paint. Because the microfiction pieces concerns an old, mysterious book that I imagine has textured, weather pages, I decided to leave the brushstrokes very pronounced. Turns out it may have been TOO much.
When I use fantasy paints, I typically don’t mix them with other mediums. If I’ve chosen Pebeo Moon or Prisme, there won’t also be watercolors or acrylics. But after I’d finished the initial coat, the piece looked pretty identical to “Awen.” And I thought “Well, this story strongly hints at magic and sorcery…what if I ground neon acrylics INTO the fantasy paints?”
Rather than applying with a brush, I used slim, wooden craft sticks to set and blend the paint together. I then attacked the canvas with a paper towel to create a hammered look.
There were originally three types of Distress Stain along the edges, which is appropriate for this story. The swaths have been almost entirely covered, although you can still see pewter curves on the righthand side. I may attempt to add those back in later.
Next step: Most like,y, a thin, diluted layer of China Blue on top…and then we’ll move on to lettering.
Materials used: Canvas, fantasy paints, gel gloss, clear gesso, Distress Stain.