Monday, July 20, 2009
Lightly and Darkly
I only use eight colors of acrylic paint, to learn how to mix the colors to get what I want. I think that by using a limited palette I am more likely to learn what goes with which, what turns muddy and dark, and how to get the Tuscan-looking earthy colors I lean toward.
The winged crowned piece has those earthy colors, but sanded and polished to look very shiny and worn. I don't use any glaze on the pieces, the sheen is from lots of hand buffing and a run through the Foredom power buffer, to give them a natural worn polished look.
The black especially comes to a nice sheen when you polish it that way. Almost like laquered japanese boxes, or ebony wood. Sometimes they remind me of dark cast iron with a weathering paint layer, just barely showing.
It's back to the office today, I'm expecting a lot of final touches to the relocation, hooking things up and testing equipment. At least it's the final stretch and the finish is in sight.