Wednesday, May 21, 2008

My Virgin

"Mona had reached the inescapable conclusion that her future was Not to be what she had originally envisioned."

Grin. She's been giving me that look for some time now. We've bonded.
So , another piece in the Workshop series , this one on texture. I tried spackle for the first time with this one and I didn't have as much success with it as I'd expected to. I like the molding past much more - I had problems stamping into the spackle that I don't with the paste. I also played with more watercolor techniques (although with acrylics this time) and although I'm still not great , I am at least getting an idea of where I'm going wrong and improving a leetle bit , lol.
Another first was a product called 'Crackle Accents' by Ranger. I applied it to my image , and if I'd applied it more thickly I would have gotten a really cool effect , I think. It tried - I got a few cracks but mostly I wound up with some 'pitting' , for lack of a better word.
The image itself is a print of one I painted , and then painted again for this piece. One of these days I'll use the original , but right now Mona and I have had enough quality time. I need a new face to play with , and Theresa has got me all wound up about another project entirely lol. There's another method called 'over-painting' I'd like to try too - but again , that's another day.
Eventually I'd like to use some of these idea's on the family photo album. Think about all the shots you have with a less-than-lovely background or some other problem - we could really put an artful touch on the album and use photo's that we might not have otherwise. Pretty neat , huh?!

17 comments:

Lori said...

first of all, your blog looks great!!! i really like this arrangement with your stunning new banner...and your collage is fabulous...i need to try some of the techniques you use...i am getting bored with the old cut and paste...

Christy said...

well ma'dear you may not have liked the spackle but it appears to have like you. this is stunning and beautiful. i love it. the painting and color are stunning as well. you have my address right? LOL

Eileen said...

Kim, it is wonderful....I love it. You and I are in the same boat.....molding paste to me is a lot better to use.....

Eileen

Michelle said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE it! It's so eye-catching.

mary schweitzer said...

This is terrific! I am a huge texture fan and i LOVE this! Great work
Mary

Judy said...

Your comment on my blog was hilarious. Your artwork is sensational - so textural. What is that under the bottom right of the picture of Mona?

mary schweitzer said...

I got the skulls! Thank you for thinking of me.
Mary

Nellie said...

I love your piece... I too have not had any luck with crackle and the molding paste works better for me. Great job on the stunning piece of art.

Jessica said...

Just beautiful! This is my first visit to your blog and I will definitely be visiting again :)

Debby said...

Kim, this piece is fabulous. WOW!!!!


Debby

Annette said...

Hi Kim, Thank you for the lovely comments you left on my blog.
I'm afraid I don't realy know what I'm doing yet, bit technical!
Your blog is just such a treat to look at, I hope I can achieve something like that one day!

Toni said...

Beautiful piece. Now I know I will be learning from you. I don't do a lot of collage but would like to. Experimenting often leads to new discoveries. The Spackle may work on something else although it worked quite well with this piece.

sue pieper said...

Kim, you're hilarious! I love your Mona, and I love that you're diving in & trying out techniques, seeing what works & what doesn't, contrary to what you say, looks to me like everything worked fine!

Viola said...

Looks so wonderful, Kim!! Have a great weekend!

Val Foster said...

This piece is stunning. I love the texture and the colors you used. Very lovely indeed.

Instead of using spackle, you might try acrylic or latex caulk. It might be easier to work with, and I've had good luck with it. I use a release agent if I'm imprinting into it though. The Armor All protectant works well and has no odor.

~*~Patty said...

I really Love the rich texture and color of this piece, great feel to it and SO amazing! Your blog is wonderful and very inspiring :)

carylsrealm said...

Wow! Another amazing piece!