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    Aquas on Canvas {a test}

    11x14" canvas {blick, gesso prepped}, fiber paste, golden tubed acrylics, fluid acrylics

    Such interesting questions come through my Contact Me page! This week, Debu, an artist from India, asked me about the characteristics of Golden fiber paste. Those of you doing the 21 Secrets art journaling workshop know that we use fiber paste in the Urban Layer Cake workshop to create some funky textures with acrylic paint. Debu asked how Golden Fiber Paste might work with acrylics on canvas, as he did not have access to sample quantities and would be ordering the art materials for his project.

    I was curious to see what would happen... it might flake off the canvas, but it works so lovely on watercolor paper. The only way to find out... an experiment!

    So I grabbed a canvas from my stash {using Blick Studio Canvas which is cotton canvas, pre-primed for acrylic painting} and painted it with fiber paste using a plastic gift card, using the edge to keep it fairly smooth. Then I mixed some Golden tubed acrylics with fiber paste in a plastic cup and used a big brush to paint the canvas. The brush adds more texture. I kept adding more color to the fiber paste - paint mixture, getting in an aqua mood as I painted. 

    Ultra super cool results.

    When in doubt, experiment!

    I get so many questions, but few leading to experiments! When you ask a question, I really make an effort to help you with your art and creative queries. It take time to respond and really give your situation a lot of thought. What is hard and deflating and makes me question my dedication to this blog is that only about 1/10 people respond with a note or a thank you. Maybe my go into a black hole or thin air or a time warp and maybe land in a disco in the 1970s.

    I really and truly want to know that you received my response, to know whether it helped, and what you tried. That helps me respond to other people's questions and gives me ideas for experiments and art supply tests. And to know when I'm on the wrong track!

    Debu was most appreciative and I look forward to seeing what he creates with fiber paste!

    Next steps - after the business of life continues - is to add collage and ephemera and more paint and stamps and... well you never really know! I'm going to treat this as an art journal page.

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    Reader Comments (4)

    I just found your blog. I am in love. I've been attempting to channel my inner creativity since I had my first child 5 yrs ago. I'm determined to find that creativity and let it loose. I'm inspired by your blog and can't wait to be a part of it!

    08.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKiasa

    Ah yes, the curse of the ungrateful Tammy... Call me thin-skinned if you must (well, I am), but I always stare in disbelief at my empty inbox days after I've sent 'thank you and good-bye' emails to people I've worked with. Very rarely do I get a thank you back, or even an acknowledgment that they have appreciated, if not my work, at least my note to them. I guess I am slightly old-fashioned both in the sense of sending off THANK YOUs and in feeling affronted when my kindness isn't acknowledged. Still... I persevere, and so should you, for all of your work on here is appreciated by many people.

    08.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

    Dear Tammy,

    My sincere thanks for all the efforts you've taken to experiment! The result looks fantastic! I'll surely go ahead and order some fiber paste for my work now. I'll keep you posted. My best wishes to all the art enthusiasts of '21 Secrets art journaling workshop'!


    08.13.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebu

    This is the second really awesome thing I've seen with fiber paste now and I MUST get some and try this out. I love this texture.

    Someone else slathered some fiber paste onto acetate, let it dry, and sent it through her inkjet printer. It's apparently absorbent so the inkjet ink sets in (whereas on gel medium it would sit on top and not dry). It looked really cool! It peeled right off the acetate for use where ever you want!

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