051 – Pamela Caughey – ACRYLIC painting TECHNIQUES – Abstract Process – LOOSEN UP! ?

– Hi everybody. I’ve got some really nice
walls to work on now. I had a masterclass here
recently and I sort of moved everything around as I explained in the other video. And so today I thought
I would just kinda do some really fun things with paper. And I’ve got some ink here. I might dilute a little bit, I’m not sure. I’ve got all my dry mark
making pencils here. I’ve got erasers and then
I also found this today at the local hardware store. It’s this really awesome, I
don’t know how you really, just a rod. It looks like it’s made of aluminum. It was 50 cents and what I
did was I taped a bamboo brush to the end because I
want to have some really expressive marks with ink. And so even though this
is a super long rod, longer than I probably would have wanted, I probably would want to
cut this up at some point, but the idea of it is to not have control. And so we’ll see what happens. I’m going to just pour some of this ink and this is just traditional Chinese ink. This one actually says silver black. I don’t know if it really matters. I’m gonna open this up. Okay so obviously that’s
gonna be really runny. And then I’ve got paper here. This is my Strathmore mixed media paper and I’m just again going to be kinda just getting warmed up and back into it. And I’m gonna just try
to exploit all the tools I have here. I’ve actually covered
up my wall with plastic because I have a feeling
this is gonna get super messy because I wanna use my hands
and I don’t really know, we’ll see. It’s just gonna be pretty messy. I can already tell. I’ve got some water soluble
mark making tools as well. The art graph is all water soluble. That’s these square little things here. I’ve got the graphite and the carbon. I’ve got some Cray Pas and I’ve got some graphite here. So those are the things
I’m gonna be using. And we’ll just see what happens. It’s kinda fun seeing how
little control I have of this. I guess the longer it is,
the less control you have. I like the really black
mark that ink makes. It’s really beautiful. Good thing about walls is
that you can paint them again when they get all marked up. It’s okay. So what will I do with this? I’m really just doing
this as a warmup exercise. And I like to invent
different kinds of tools and see what kinds of marks I’ll make. I mean this is an awesome mark. I don’t know, right now
I’m keeping it super simple with my, you know there is no color. It’s just all about black and white and at some point there may be some grays. But I’m just keeping a very
black and white palette. I just don’t know where these will go and I may come back in with some white. I wanna get some really nice darks. I wanna experiment with
blacks and see how many different kinds of transparent blacks and more opaque blacks. And right now this is just ink. So I don’t think I’m
gonna, this is just one particular medium. But then I can bring in some other things like if I were to add acrylic
to this, I could do that. I’d probably then come
in with some white gesso, try to cover up, conceal
some of these marks. When I got black over
black, right now what’s here it’s drying and it’s
not as intense as this. So I don’t know, this is
the first time I’m trying to do something like this. And I don’t really know what to expect which is why it’s so much fun. This is now diluted ink and
obviously it’s gonna drip because of the gravity. So I am kinda glad that
I set up the plastic behind here. I actually wanna obliterate quite a bit of this white paper and
then I’ll come back in with my white and just
keep playing like this. It’s really fun. And right now what I’m really focusing for the next several weeks,
months, I think I might really just be playing like this and not worrying about
anything, not trying to finish anything because
I’m trying to come up with a theme or an idea for this show that I’ve got coming up. It’s a (mumbles) show, University of Idaho and I know there’ll be paintings but I don’t really know yet what my theme or my idea’s gonna be. And so I think what I wanna
do is keep doing things like this and just explore. I guess let what happens,
the experimentation lead me in a direction that I like. We’ll see what that is. It’s all play and it’s all really fun and there is no deadline, no expectations. It’s really fun just to let yourself go and give yourself the freedom to play. You think the play stage
is super, super important. I think it’s more important than any of the other stages in a
way in the painting process. So here is some acrylic paint in a bucket and here is a my brush, same brush but I’m gonna be using acrylic paint now just to make some more crazy marks, just to keep playing. And because it’s acrylic
I’m gonna get a nice, thick opaque black unlike the ink
which is gonna be really thin and watery with a different kind of mark. I love to experiment
with fast versus slow, thick versus thin and again,
there isn’t a lot of control with this particular tool. This would just be sort of a whatever. It’s an underpainting of
some kind or just a drawing. And this is Strathmore mixed media paper, not really meant for going
into the cold wax medium. You could do that though if
you cover this entire thing after it’s dry with clear
gesso, then you could go back into it. But I’m not thinking
about mediums right now. I’m really just thinking
about shape, marks and trying to do something
I haven’t done before and seeing if I can, what kind of control I can have with a tool as strange as this. This will, when it dries, be
much more of a vibrant black than the ink. The ink is gonna stay washy. But the fun begins when I can go back in with white and obliterate
a lot of this stuff. So that’s why I like to put
a lot of things down early so that there’s more to cover up later. And I guess if I hold it more like this, you know it’s quite an
interesting edge you can get. I’m probably splattering this everywhere including on my glasses, who knows. But again I think edges are pretty cool, especially a floppy brush like this. You can kinda see how feathery that is. There’s a bit of a glare but you can see all the crazy marks, all
the crazy little edges and thick and thin,
depending on how the light is hitting this. It’s really fun just to get messy I think. I started this as an
exercise the other day and it started with ink and
it’s really just for play, goofing around and layering. So today I thought after using the ink and the black acrylic with
these really strange tools, I would come in and use some
white titanium acrylic paint and white gesso. And I’m going to use this
brown paper for monoprinting. And I get the brown paper
from Ace Hardware Store. I’m not quite sure what it’s used for but it comes in different
widths and you’ll see as I use them. These are the different rolls that I have and they last a long time
and I think they come in a longer length than this as well. But what they do is they
allow you to transfer paint really, really easily. I’m gonna start with the
white gesso because I think that’s gonna have better coverage. And this is very
calligraphic, very much done with these tools on long dowel rods or the long wire that I was using. So there was very little control. And I kinda wanna keep with that method. I don’t wanna interject
a lot of control yet at this point. So like right now, this is what I do with the monoprint paper. I just put white gesso on it
and I transfer and lift it. And also kinda move it like this over and make it, make the paint move. It’s kind of a smear, different effect. Versus a round. When you use a silicone tool like that you can lift quite a
bit of it and get a lot of variation in how much you pick up. This is all the monoprint. You can see the repetitive pattern, some thick areas, some thin. And then here’s where I
came in with the brush, the flat brush, more monotype. And a few black marks that are left. I’m gonna let that set up but you can see how it’s a very much back and forth thing where you can start with one value, come in with the other
value, go back and forth, keep adding marks. You move them, add them,
keep playing with it.

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