Wednesday, January 6, 2010

PLAYING WITH COLORS AND PAPERS


No real painting happening here. Maybe it's the weather, the cold, the dark, the winter!! But I did start working on a little "lesson" for an online group about color and texture. After sharing some information from my books, I then took 3 colors (Lunar Earth, Quinacridone Gold, French Ultramarine Blue) and put them on 3 different surfaces (Arches 140# Rough, Arches 140# Cold Press, Yupo). Just played with getting textured looks without using a lot of stuff. I used just my round brush and pigment, a piece or corrugated cardboard and a dip pen with a metal nib. I also sprayed some swatches with clean water after applying the pigment and letting it dry a bit, and blotted off some color with a clean paper towel. All of these made different textured surfaces.

I was most impressed with the way Lunar Earth (a very granulating color from Daniel Smith) acts on rough paper, cold press, and yupo.
















You really can't get this look on anything but Yupo or Tyvek (both slick, plastic-like "papers"). What could you paint using this color? The rough stone of buildings, rusted chains, the fine fur of an animal? I have something in mind to try...

10 comments:

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

Very interesting. Oh, time to play...... what's that :)
Happy that you can!

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

What wonderful effects you achieved in your experimentation.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

What wonderful effects you achieved in your experimentation.

RHCarpenter said...

Sorry you have no time to play, Pam, but I imagine you have commissions that are keeping you busy?
Joan, thanks, it is fun to just play and keep it simple sometimes.
Check back tomorrow to see what I do with these colors and surfaces :)

Teresa said...

great textures! can't wait to read your notes and try :D

Christiane Kingsley said...

Very interesting, Rhonda. At least,today, those of us who don't make enough time for play can watch YOU play :-)

I certainly can think of many suitable uses of this great effect. Are the three picture of the paint on yupo?

debwardart said...

I LOVE lunar earth and lunar blue - don't know how they make all that cool granulation but they are "magic" to me! . . . stone, concrete, sand, dirt - whatcha gonna do with it!!!!!!!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks for posting, Teresa, Christiane, and Deb! Christiane, the lunar earth photos are on rough paper, cold press paper, and then yupo is the last one. I did the color studies on all three papers to show the difference.
Deb, what's in Lunar Blue? Isn't it just a blue with black in it? I think Sandy used it for a while.

Art by JoyMac said...

WOW that is amazing...would be wonderful for the animal fur.
Joy in OZ

RHCarpenter said...

Hi, Joy! Thanks for stopping by and checking in :)