experiments with plastic

In the last post I wondered how the thickness of plastic placed over wet paint and allowed to dry, would affect the texture.  I also wondered how the thickness of the paint would affect the result.  Two variables – two experiments.

Step one was to apply gesso to some sketch paper and allow it to dry so I would have a non-porous base layer.  After that I applied a background of deep turquoise and magenta acrylic paint.   When the background was dry I used some lime acrylic paint thinned with water on one sheet and straight from the tube on the second.

The plastics I used were cling film (Glad Wrap, Saran Wrap) and the plastic that comes wrapped around magazines received through the post (there’s nothing like free resources).  I also used re-used some 25 mm or 1 inch bubble-wrap.

Diluted top coat, magazine-wrap plastic. Wendy @ Late Start Studio

1. Diluted top coat, magazine-wrap plastic.  The variation in the background looks especially good to me.
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Diluted top coat, cling film. Wendy @ Late Start Studio

2. Diluted top coat, cling film.
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Diluted top coat, bubble wrap. Wendy @ Late Start Studio

3. Diluted top coat, re-used bubble wrap. I just love the remnants of paint that have been left behind.  And again, the transparent top-coat allows the variations of the background to show through
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Full viscosity, magazine wrap. Wendy @ Late Start Studio

4. Full viscosity paint top coat, magazine-wrap plastic.
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Full viscosty top coat, cling film. Wendy @ Late Start Studio Wendy @ Late Start Studio

5. Full viscosity top coat, cling film.
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Full viscosity top coat, clean bubble wrap. Wendy @ Late Start Studio

6. Full viscosity top coat, clean bubble wrap.
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Full viscosity top coat, reused bubble-wrap

7. Full viscosity top coat, re-used bubble wrap

A cose up of the previous sample. Wendy @ Late Start Studio

8. A close up from the previous sample.
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I liked the effect of both parts of the experiment, I really liked how the re-used bubble wrap left remnants of paint behind.  The diluted paint gave a lovely transparent effect with an opaque paint . . . the first three images have to be my favourites.   Whether I use diluted paint or at full strength would depend on what effect I wanted to make.

As to the choice of plastic?  The thinner the plastic the finer the details and the more likelihood the results can be controlled to some extent . . . controlling cling film is difficult enough at the best of times however by twisting it slightly, bunching it up after it was laid on the wet paint, I could manage a degree of control over the number of marks but very little over where they were.  I thought it would be rather wonderful to be able to manipulate it to form the veins of a leaf.

By removing the plastic just before it was dry it would be possible to soften the edges of the marks but right now I’m thinking about colour combinations; neon over black, black over brights, various earth tones with a transparent top-coat . . . hmmm, this could keep me busy.

Did I have fun? Was it worth while?  Will I continue exploring? Will I put samples in a journal? Damn right!

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