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Homemade Gesso Paint!

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

I love Gesso paint and use heaps of it in my work. It’s gritty, chalky and can be applied to artwork to give a translucent or opaque look. It’s also very expensive so I decided to make my own.

 

Gesso is used for many things such as a primer for canvas or on paper to give a good base for painting, drawing or mixed media work.  When making collage I use it as a gluing medium to stick on papers, in-between, painting and drawing layers.

The recipe below makes 2 litres of Gesso paint

( If not using straight away, this Gesso will last approx. 4-6 weeks)

Homemade Gesso

PLASTER MIX

1 cup Plaster of Paris or fine white plaster powder

1 cup of PVA or white glue

1 cup hot water

PAINT

3 cups white acrylic paint

UTENSILS

Container, cup and mixing stick or spoon

RATIO: 1-3

Plaster Mix 1 – Acrylic paint 3

Method

To make the plaster mix. Add the plaster to the hot water and stir ( Safety purposes: always add the plaster powder to the liquid, not liquid to plaster, as it will blow up into your face and always wear a dust mask)

Dust Mask

“Plaster of Paris” and cup

Hot water and mix

Next add the PVA or white glue, stir.

Finally add the white acrylic paint and mix. ( I used some acrylic powder paint I had and made it up with water) You can use any kind of acrylic paint or colour .

 

Result

I was very happy with the result. The gesso is translucent with the gritty bits I like. You can also do several layers of gesso to give a more opaque appearance. It covered my canvas very well with only 1 coat. When adding more than 1 coat you can sand in- between to give a really smooth surface for detailed work .

2 litres of Gesso

Gesso on stretched canvas

Gesso on paper

 

 

To see this and more of my free tutorials, please go to  Tutorials I even show you how to make my large studio easel.

 

The Power of an Object. Identity through Object.

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

One of my life- time interests is collecting vintage, antique and found objects. I believe, through objects, stories can be told, and through imagination, new ones found.

Objects and their stories, often inspire my art making too. I deconstruct items for sculpture. Old clothing and antique quilts, are often used in textile pieces, artist books and collage. Aged  surfaces and patinas of collections, make their way into my abstract paintings, too.

 

 

Lately, I have been asking myself a few questions about, collecting and identity. Especially after the passing of my step father a few years ago, when I had the huge task, of cleaning out his house and shed. Overwhelming at times, the hoard, has found it’s way into my life & studio

 

 

Having only known him for a short time, (5yrs) I’ve discovered, through his belongings and objects, a hidden or, new identity.

 

 

Strangely , I now find myself imagining, a new “make believe identity” through the objects he hoarded

 

 

This has lead me to many questions…

When alive, do we really know a person? and can things and objects help us to see, a new, or different identity?

Through objects and belongings, can we feel connected to that person?

Can objects change, how we see others & ourselves?

 

 

 

 

 

In the studio this week.

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

I hurt my leg a few days ago so I haven’t been in the studio this week. Hopefully, next week, I’ll be back on track .

 

 

 

Recent paintings. Some are finished, others are paintings, still in progress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, while resting my leg, I’ve been sorting through my many art journals. Below are some images from my art college journal in 1994.  I noticed the colours I was using back then, are similar to what I’m working with now.

 

 

 

What did you do in your studio this week?

 

 

 

From This Place. Help Raise the Profiles of Women Artists!

Monday, July 10th, 2017

“We wanted to elevate our fellow women artists, to raise their profile in a world where it is often hard to cut through. One of the most telling statistics we found was that only 5% of artists hanging in permanent galleries worldwide were women. We took this fact and decided to do something about it, and where better to start than in our own beautiful region – on the banks of the Yarra River, in the mountains and forests we all call home?” Lindy Schneider

Lindy, Angela and to all the other artists…You are all such an inspiration and amazing creative women. I feel very privileged to be part of this project.

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A new series of collages and textiles.

Friday, February 17th, 2017

A new series of collages and textiles, capturing the beauty & hope in decline, before its gone.

 

 

I have been rescuing and renewing things for decades. Many of my artworks are created from discarded materials and old bits & pieces in a state of flux.

 

 

These collages were created from old book covers, torn, worn and too precious to throw away.

 

 

For me, renewing and recycling, discarded objects, changes their meaning, opening up a whole different way of thinking. Allowing for new perspectives and ideas to form using the conscious, subconscious and unconscious mind.

 

 

This series continues my investigation into, the disintegration and decay of the environment, of life and the human psyche.

 

New textile pieces coming.

 

Small Abstract Oil Paintings. Still & Interruption.

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Small Abstract Oil Paintings. Still & Interruption.

 

 

 

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I spent a lot of time trying to get the surface just right, on these 3 paintings, as I wanted each piece to stand on its own, as well as, together as a whole. I also wanted to convey a feeling of stillness. A space to sit awhile.

 

 

 

 

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The 3 below have colour and movement. I feel they are not yet resolved and will probably work back in with more layers.

 

 

 

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I’m enjoying, the smaller scale paintings at the moment, especially after all the large ones I did over the past year for my “Wallmatter” exhibition.

 

 

 

 

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Its a whole different way of working. Large paintings have huge sweeping strokes, where the whole body is involved. Smaller artworks allow me to come in close and are not so hard on my body. I can work longer on them, without too much pain to my back and neck.

In the Studio. Rust. Tea. Vinegar.

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

In the Studio. Rust. Tea. Vinegar. Experimenting today, with rusty things.

 

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I usually rust textiles by wrapping them around rust objects then leave them to weather, in the elements a few weeks.

 

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Today, I sprayed rusty objects with vinegar

 

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and soaked pieces of cotton cloth in tea. I then put a layer of rusty, fence droppers on top. (Apparently, tannic acid in tea and rust, heated gently, gives off orangey, red marks)

 

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Then, covered it all with another piece of cloth.

 

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I weighed it all down with concrete tiles to give good contact

 

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I also want to try out saltwater and coffee as the wetting agent for rust dyeing.

 

Abstract Painting. Creative Process. Layering.

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Abstract Painting. Creative Process. Layering.

The life of a painting, sometimes takes on many layers. My abstractions, may have as many as, 5 to 50 layers. They can take days, weeks, even months, to complete.

 

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This painting, started out very busy and chaotic, as, I wanted to get the paint and marks down, as quickly as possible. During the process, I eliminated many layers of paint and marks, to calm it all down, until I was satisfied.

The beginning splashes of acrylic paint and marks.

 

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Somewhere in the middle. Around 10 layers of paint, ink, powder pigments and shellac.

 

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The final stages of the painting after, eliminating layers and using a more subtle palette. I wanted the painting to have a lot of texture with a calm, stillness about it.

 

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This painting, links to “found marks” in urban landscapes in Australia and Europe.

 

Heat. Bush Fire. Painting.

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Heat Bush Fire Painting

After 3 days of sweltering heat and bush fires nearby it’s time to relax and do some mark-making on big sheets of paper

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using dyes

 

 

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ink and pen

 

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with hand painted papers

 

Play things on my studio bench.

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Play things on my studio bench

Handmade mark-making tools

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Silk tea bag pouches

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Rusty fence droppers found in outback

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Old used paint brushes

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More handmade tools

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Japanese ceramic toy & stack of vintage tobacco tins

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Metal detector finds. Suspender buckles and other types. Brass and copper. 1850s-1890s

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Deconstructed  vintage chair

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Antique watch faces and parts

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Felt & thread pad from vintage chair

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Mail art sent to France

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