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Black & White at Art Space

Readers of the Art Space Gallery blog will already know of our Black & White themed window exhibition, which opened today. We have each produced at least 2 12" square artworks with a free choice of subject matter.


My plan for this blog was to show every stage of my paintings from start to finish. Unfortunately, I forgot to photograph the 1st stage, remembered the 2nd stage and again forgot to capture the 3rd stage before progressing onto the 4th - oh dear, back to the drawing board!


To compensate, I have taken some very close up shots of 'Petals & Wings' and 'Arbour' and will also try to describe the process:


I have definitely been influenced by the decorative nature of blog backgrounds and the wonderful craft and art seen on so many blogs, and started off by glueing a rectangle of anaglypta to each canvas, which I overpainted with at least 2 coats of white acrylic.


Once dry, I used a rudimentary screen printing set and cut out paper shapes to print onto the canvases, using water based black ink mixed with acrylic mineral flakes. Then the cut out shapes were peeled from the screen, overprinted in some cases using another piece of anaglypta and also glued to the canvases.


Charcoal was used both on canvas and on some of the cut out paper and each surface sprayed with retouching varnish to try to cut down on smudging. Next, a paint roller was used to spread oil paint, mainly a mixture of Burnt Umber and French Ultramarine over the textured paper and then mixed with varying amounts of Zinc white to provide some tonal grey. Lastly, Zinc white was used to give borders to both images and to cover unwanted smudgy marks on the deep canvas sides.

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