Finished “Beginnings”

"beginnings" mixed media on 8x8" wood panels, $65 © 2011, Lynne Medsker

I’ve shown just some peeks and small samples of the newest art I’ve been creating. Today I thought I’d show you a piece from start to finish! I created four pieces with the same materials in various colors, this is the only one that was photographed through the entire process. It started with a thick layers of white acrylic had a pattern scraped into it while it was still wet.

work in progress (middle, left), image 1 © 2011, Lynne Medsker

As that was drying I began applying the aluminum to various wood pieces that I had cut out a few weeks ago.

work in progress, image 2 © 2011, Lynne Medsker

Once the aluminum was arranged how I wanted it then a layer of black ink was rubbed on all the pieces. After it dried for a short while the piece was rubbed with a soft towel to remove the black ink from the top of the design, leaving it in the cracks & grooves. Then the colored inks were applied & blended in several layers.

work in progress, image 3 © 2011, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 4 © 2011, Lynne Medsker

By that time the white acrylic had dried and I could start applying the layers of color to it. I used an acrylic ink and spray bottle to wash the colors around, blending them as I went & occasionally removing some areas with a paper towel before applying more color. Here is the process, in photos:

work in progress, image 5 © 2011, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 6 © 2011, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 7 © 2011, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 8 © 2011, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 9 © 2011, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 10 © 2011, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 11 © 2011, Lynne Medsker

That was left to dry overnight and then the next day the aluminum piece was attached, along with some other embellishments. Although the image at the top of this post doesn’t show it the piece is fairly dimensional and stands out from the background. Here’s a different perspective:

work in progress, image 12 © 2011, Lynne Medsker

The other three pieces that started with this one are also complete…if I don’t get time to post the here over the weekend then look for them next week.

Have a happy Friday!

Lynne

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