Sorry for the glare but I used so much metallic on this that it’s hard to photograph without one. These canvases are the beginnings of some more mixed media paintings/collages. I began by laying down a foundation of colour wash (acrylic craft paint with water). I used an old credit card (well actually a hotel key) to scrape the wash over the surface. I repeated this with a slightly darker colour over top, using a rag to wipe away the excess. I took some Rub N Buff and rubbed around the edges of the canvas to define the space and ground it. Using Liquitex Gel Medium, I glued some text paper (in this case, pieces of pages torn from a telephone book) onto parts of my canvas and let it dry for about 2 minutes. I put a piece of masking tape across part of the print and burnished it down with my bone folder. As you quickly pull the tape off, it will pull some of the paper away too. I also used my fingernail to scrape away some little sections to add to the distressed look. An important note: look carefully at the print on BOTH sides of the page you are using. Once you tear away some of the top layer and even after glazing over the top of it, some print may still show through from either side. I blended the text into the background with another light wash of colour, wiping away as much as possible with a rag to leave just the slightest hint of colour. On a scrap piece of paper, I applied several colours of paint, making random strokes with paintbrushes and my fingers. I then pressed this piece of paper against my canvas to leave traces of the paint on it. I did this several times until no more paint would come off the paper. Finally, I covered the whole canvas with Liquitex Iridescent Medium.
I’ll post pictures again when I add more to these.