as it drys the cracks pull the paint apart.
This last sample is using the high solid gel gloss. For those of you who haven't used this product we use it because it dry clear and quicker than the other gel mediums. It is non absorbent creating a lovely base to apply floats of colour on top. Layer a thick coat of high solid gel onto your substrate in this case water colour paper, I laid about a thickness of 5mm then used the end of my paint brush to create most of my pattern and sequin waste rolled and pressed in (looks a bit like snake skin) and a used plastic bubble that tablets come in now. Leave to dry this can take 8 hours but you can speed it up a bit by putting in the sun for several hours or use the heat gun making sure you do not go too close as it will cause it to blister. This tip applys to all acrylic products. I allowed my sample to dry overnight. I applied washes of dioxazine purple, paynes gray and turquoise Phthalo, allowed to dry and then a wash of irredescent bronze, I think these colours give the lovely colours of paua shell. We will be holding more of these workshops around the middle of the year as well as at the Melbourne Art Journey Retreat. I really enjoyed teaching these workshops, some of the products I hadn't used before and found they added a new dimension to my work and of course it helps to have used the products when talking to customers.If you look on Jo's blog you will see she has been very creative while at home looking after her five children (my grandchildren) over the school holidays. If you have any queries on any of these samples please don't hesitate to comment and I will answer.