I am one of those artists that doesn’t really like the texture of plain gessoed canvas. I like something a bit smoother, so I usually add a coat or two (or three) of molding paste and smooth it or keep it rough. Mainly, I’ve been keeping it rough because I have a hard time laying down a smooth coat of paste.
I’ve tried wetting my cheap little plastic palette knife and the paste, doing several coats, as well as several other tips… nothing seemed to work. UNTIL… I finally bought a few nice metal palette knives. Rather small. Almost tiny.
As I began prepping some new canvases today, I thought, let me try this tiny knife. It can’t possibly work better than the larger one and even if it does, it will take forever, right? Think again.
Small metal vs. large plastic palette knives.
I laid down those coats of paste on some nice size 16×20″ canvases in a heartbeat. Nice and smooth. And used so much less paste! I found slightly dampening my knife worked even better. So, if anyone out there is having the same issue as me in prepping those canvases, make sure to try a metal knife.
Filed under Art, Painting
It’s been a busy month. I was able to knock out a logo for my best friend’s upcoming venture into the world of chocolates and other tasty treats. I also completed two requests for work – one a purple butterfly and the other a gorgeous owl – both in watercolor and also available as prints in my Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/shop/AprilleLiptonArt). I still have two more commissions to work on – another owl in acrylic and a graduation gift that will include a heart and special quote for a wonderful girl.
Sammy’s Sweets logo. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original digital logo.
Purple Butterfly. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original watercolor and ink painting on paper.
Princess Owl. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original watercolor and ink painting on paper.
I’m scrambling trying to get my art scanned and set up for my new Etsy shop – it’s a hellofalot of work.
But, I was able to add some additional items including my Owl with his groovy peace sign sunglasses. What do you think?
Blue Owl with Peace Sign Sunglasses. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on paper.
Mother’s Day is coming up…see something she might like?
It took forever, but I finally have everything in line and officially opened my Etsy shop today.
Please visit and add to your favorites. I’ll be adding more items soon!
Took a break from the series to mess around in my sketch book and with some acrylics on paper. I did one in my sketchbook with horses negatively painted out of a background. I liked the effect and so went on to do Blue Appaloosa on paper (9×12). I’m sure I will be doing more of these and expanding upon the concept.
Blue Appaloosa. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on paper.
Blue Appaloosa – Closeup. © 2014 Aprille Lipton. Original acrylic painting on paper.