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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.

 

Homemade Gesso!

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Homemade Gesso!
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

 

 

 

Make a Large Studio Easel in 6 Easy – Peasy Steps

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

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How to Make a Large Studio Easel in 6 Easy- Peasy Steps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I built my studio years ago, I needed to have a versatile easel. I couldn’t find anything suitable in the shops and my budget wouldn’t allow for much.  So, I went about creating one from my left over pieces of timber. I needed one that would take small to very large canvas’s all at once. I needed lots of space too. Being an abstract painter, I slosh paint and work very quickly, sometimes on many canvas’s at once. I wanted a permanent spac,e where I could work on small canvas’s 30x30cm up to very large ones 4 x 2 Meters . My easel ended up being 9 meters long x 4 meters high and after 12 years of daily use, my rough and ready easel is still going strong.

My simple Plan

Materials & Equipment

Cut yourself, or buy 2 equal lengths of  hardwood or pine, however long you want the easel to be. This is for the floor and wall runner that will hold all the upright struts.

Cut yourself, or buy equal lengths of hardwood or pine for the uprights. Decide how many uprights you want to hold your canvas .To get the length of each piece , measure from floor to top wall at the angle you want the easel to be.

Bolts, nails or screws

Wooden dowel lengths of wood for pegs

Drill with a “spade” drill bit the same circumference as the dowel pieces you have

(Spade bits are used for rough boring holes in wood.)

Tape measure

Hammer

Drill

Method

 

1.Everything will need to be measured and cut for the area your are working on.

 

2. Grab the floor runner piece, lay it perpendicular to the wall on the floor, judging the best space between the floor runner and the wall . Screw, bolt or nail to the floor at intervals to secure. (Note) Remember to allow enough space from floor runner to wall for a slight angle for the upright pieces of wood so your painting canvas can to sit without falling

 

 

3. Grab the wall runner piece and screw, bolt or nail to the upper wall at intervals and make secure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Lay all your upright pieces of wood together on a flat surface together (floor )and take your drill with the spade bit and make holes from bottom to the top on all the lengths of wood. The spacing has to be equal across the whole lot.

(If painting the easel do this now before attaching to wall)

5. Take your pre- cut lengths of wood with the holes and sit each one so the bottom is sitting behind the attached floor runner and at the top against the wall runner with the holes facing you. Screw bolt or nail the upright struts to the floor runner and to the wall runner at top. (Note) Go along the floor runner at whatever spacing you want with the upright struts to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost done. Cut lengths ( 6inches) of dowel for the pegs that will hold all your canvas’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: If the pegs don’t fit in the holes… Round off one end with sandpaper by hand, or with an electric sander.

All done!!!  Now grab your canvas and paint to your hearts content

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Tenant Project – The Dungeon Paris

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Meet the Tenant Project – The Dungeon Paris

Over the past 3 months I have been living and making art with my daughter in Paris. I came here to  finish off an arts project I started  2 years ago.

Meet the Tenant project began during the Summer of 2007, when I ventured down into the underground area of an apartment block in Asnieres sur seine. I sensed the presence of past lives lurking within the walls and this became the starting point for my project.

I call this space “The Dungeon” Within days I had massed hundreds of images, video, photos and drawings. I took them back to my studio in Australia and have been working on the project ever since. I edited the videos into an 18 minute piece and printed out some of the photos. Developed a story-line which keeps changing, and created a proposal to be performed . (See 1st draft below)

Today back in Paris 2010, I’m still no closer to resolving this project its forever ongoing and not sure where it will end up and its driving me mad.

Proposal No.1 $10,000Jenny Davis 2010

“Go to Paris from Australia & live in an underground space for 7 days and document everything that happens with video, photographs, drawings, whatever. All things created become yours. You will own the experience, everything, including my clothes, shoes, food containers ,implements etc…I will deliver them to you. The art piece is… The whole experience…. you can do with it what you want”

(Due to sub zero temps. this project was canceled and may be performed at a later date)

An underground space under the Notre Dame Paris

Map copyright PlanetWare.com

Preparing for a site specific artwork

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Every  artist has their own way of preparing before creating. In this blog entry I would like to share with you what I  do, before creating a site specific artwork.

A BIT ABOUT MY CREATIVE PROCESS

Capturing the wholeness of a space is most important for me.

For creating the work, or idea, I need to physically spend a lot of time in the space where I will be creating the work. Not only, do I need to consider the site visually, I also have to feel it, hear, the silence, the noise, touch the textures, and take in the aroma of the surrounding layers of the environment . This helps me to capture the realness and essence of the space.

All random ideas and thoughts are recorded. This may take the form of written notes, quick drawings, paintings, photos, taken at different times of the day and night. I may also use video and sound.

Sometimes my response is so strong, I will have a basic idea working around in my head before I get back to the studio. I then work out how Im going to take my idea into reality. Working with the creative process allows me to be more spontaneous in my approach to the making of the work. The materials I use can be randomly chosen as I go along or, I will purposely choose a material that will express my ideas.

How do you kick- start your creativity?

Further, marketing & promoting your art online

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Continuing on from my last post …

I would like to share with you just a sample of what can be done through marketing and promoting your arts business online.Without the computer I couldn’t have done any of this and ANYONE can do this if you are willing to put in the time and energy….while still saving time for precious creative pursuits

I have included parts of a letter I sent to an arts body in Australia “explaining” (as typically artists constantly have to do)… How serious I am about what I do…

To whom it may concern,

I wanted to write this to let you know how serious I am about my arts business and how I have great expectations for its continual growth internationally.It takes time for artists to establish themselves; we have to approach the” business” of being an artist slightly differently, from the usual manufacturer of goods and products because our income can come from many different creative areas, not always with the one product.

Also to be a “successful artist” doesn’t always mean a huge income though this helps.

My main objective is to expose and market my art to an international audience.
To do this, I regularly network with my peers, directors, collectors and with other artists to get known and to find spaces and galleries to show my work for sales, invitations to international events, engagements and commissions.

Australian Contemporary art is much sort after in Europe and USA however, New York has never had a major exhibition of important Australian art but, it will happen.

Since 2001, I have concentrated on exporting my art overseas. I have been part of an Australian exhibition in New York in 2004, Leipzig Germany and Spain 2005 Berlin & Paris 2007 and more in US… I have traveled to England, Europe and was awarded an arts residency in Barcelona Spain. In 2007 I went to Paris to set up a network in France and to oversee my Melb5 art exhibition opening in Berlin Germany 2007.

I spend at least 2/3 hours daily (depending on my physical self) at the computer contacting potential clients and exploring all areas of the International markets. I upload my images onto websites all over the world. I have numerous international spaces and have just released a new series of digital artworks onto the international market.

My main websites and blog, draw in various people who contact me. I receive invites to art fairs, international exhibitions in galleries and online solo & group exhibitions and collaborate with artists worldwide on projects. I also apply for and enter art awards, exhibitions, photography competitions and arts residencies.

Lately, I have collaborated with other international artists in art projects worldwide and received magazine work and published a book of my art in Australia and US.

Included are sites for selling my original art pieces, limited edition art prints, a design site for images on products such as t-shirts, cards, etc. Art, photography and crafts sites. Blog sites let the world know who I am and what I do. A video site where I can create a short video advertising my artwork or experiment with new work.

I am represented by Ausgallery with Austrade in Australia for International representation.

When overseas, I market and promote my work by approaching and meeting with gallery directors, managers. I attend openings of other artists work for networking and researching market trends. I always have a good supply of my professional gallery package I designed. The package may consist of a CD of my images, CV, digital prints, postcards, of my work and an exhibition history all in a folder.

I am in the process of developing a short video of my practice to add to it. When I travel I always leave my art packages at the airports I pass through.

When I don’t have funding and income to travel, myself, I send my work all over the world to events. Example : I’ve also had invitations to the Florence Biennale 6 times, Louvre complex in Paris twice, Sala Barna Gallery in Spain, Galleria Gora in Montreal, Mont Serrat Gallery in New York, Armory art fair NY, Singapore Art Fair, Miami, and may be a possibility for me to attend the next Cityscape in Dubai and much more.

I have just spent 3 months in Paris where I networked, visited and negotiated with gallery directors for future exhibitions, projects and events. I have put in many applications for arts residencies and studio spaces in Paris and in other parts of Europe. In Paris, I developed new work in an area, I had never ventured before. I experimented with video and digital work, an extension to my arts practice. In Berlin, I had an exhibition at the Bob Curtiz Contemporary Movement Gallery with 4 other Melbourne artists in which members of the Australian Embassy in Berlin attended. Recently, I was asked to go to the Shanghai Art Fair with Chaira Goya from Goya Galleries in Melbourne.

Through hard work and determination I feel there is a market out there for my art.

Finally after many years of knock backs I did receive that grant …….