Friday, 8 July 2016
So, last Friday I posted about working small - ATCs which are only 3.5 x 2.5 inches. This week I've been working on a piece to go on the chimney breast in my studio. This is not small. This is LARGE. Roughly 2.5 x 3 ft. So I've stretched my comfort zone in both directions in the last week.
As we live in a rectory which comes with my husband's job, I decided to do the piece on a sheet of paper rather than straight on to the wall. I lopped some off a roll I have and started with my usual mish-mash of collaged down bits and pieces from old books, bits of gelli-print etc. This was covered with a layer of gesso and then the fun with paint, stencils, etc. began.
I discovered that there are just as many ways that working larger than normal is as uncomfortable as working smaller. You just get so used to a particular size when you mainly journal. I had to use larger brushes for a start. There's no being delicate with a large piece like this when it comes to background. Even doing the shading on the face meant I had to be a lot bolder with the amount of colour I was putting down.
It was fun to try something different.
I'll be linking up with Paint Party Friday, looking forward to seeing all the colourful loveliness that's been happening this week around the globe.