Week 6

Today was our last day working on the box project. Many of us (myself included) didn't finish so I would like to have a critique of all the finished boxes in about a month. I will also be looking for an opportunity to display the boxes at Emeritus. You all made some excellent boxes. I was very pleased with the outcome. Check out some of the images below - excellent work!

In my demonstration I talked about glazing color on top of a photographic image. In a previous week I had done a photo-transfer of a tree on to the front of the box. The tree was black and white and I wanted to add a little color. The difficulty here is adding color without covering up the photograph. We accomplish this by glazing which is essentially any technique where we add transparent layers of color to a painting. 

When glazing it is helpful to know which paint pigments are transparent. Some pigments (the colored powder mixed with oil or acrylic medium to make paint) are more transparent than others. Imagine dust particles of colored glass as opposed to dust particles made from charcoal - glass is transparent, charcoal is not. You can make even opaque pigments appear transparent by adding more transparent painting medium but this is not the same as using transparent pigments. 

You can find out how transparent a color is on the paint tube. Sometimes it will actually say "transparent", "semi-transparent", or "opaque" and sometimes it will have a little box that is black, white or half black and half white. Use transparent colors when possible and dilute opaque pigments only when there is no good transparent option. 

Alizarine Crimson, Ultramarine Blue and Indian Yellow are all good transparent pigments. I also recommend Gamblin's line of "Transparent Earth" colors - red, orange and yellow. 

Next week we will be starting a new project. I want you to come prepared with a short passage from a poem - one or two sentences. I also want you to bring an object with you. Preferably a three dimensional object but a picture of an object would work too. Finally I would like you to bring a full sheet of a heavy print-making paper which you will find in the flat-files at the back of Blick. Also bring your usual painting supplies. 

Some good options for printin-making paper are: Stonehenge and BFK Rives.