Saturday, June 30, 2018
We are settling into our new home. Getting used to the high temperatures and going out in the morning and evening. Doing a lot of resting and relaxing.
And I have been working in my studio again finally. Although I am not picking up where I left off from actual painting all those months ago when I packed away my paints. I seem to be gravitating towards watercolors again. Not sure how that happened! But I have learned to go where it takes me and not to question things. I tried to get the acrylics out a few days ago but they seemed thick and gooey and I didn't enjoy them. I rather enjoy watching the paint flow with water. The only thing about watercolors is that the paper gets very wrinkly. You really need to stretch the paper. It is a tedious task to say the least.
I used to stretch many papers at a time in the bathtub. Let's just say it is a process and one I don't enjoy. I am going to try and gesso the paper first and see if that gives the same results as the stretching process. I am not sure if that will work or not. Otherwise I suppose I could use the acrylics as a water medium with some matte medium instead of water. Then the paper won't buckle.
We shall see.
In the meantime, enjoy your Fourth of July everyone!