The Abstract Bandwagon

Thoughts, Techniques and Results

Sneak Preview of Embroidery Stabilizer’s Power

This started out as a quite nice large swipe pour on a 26×20″ Yupo. There were a few details I wanted to change, but started using it as a spot to experiment with. Since then it’s gotten three layers of pours and various other splashes of acrylic paint on it, so it’s quite thick and Read more about Sneak Preview of Embroidery Stabilizer’s Power[…]

Finished Painting After Revision using Embroidery Stabilizer

This painting was originally starged in November 2009, and has lain in my unfinished pile since. Decided it would be a good one to demonatrate the capabilities of using Embroidery Stabilizer, instead of just covering it with a heavy coat of Gesso. To see the process that started the path to the final painting see Read more about Finished Painting After Revision using Embroidery Stabilizer[…]

Finished Piece: Combination of a Pour and Pour-Skins

I’ve been looking at this for a couple weeks and can’t decide anything to add, so I’ll call it finished.  I won’t varnish it just yet–keeping it out of sight for a while will give me fresh eyes to see it again in a couple months and then prepare it for selling. For an earlier Read more about Finished Piece: Combination of a Pour and Pour-Skins[…]

Crackling Textures – Methods and Results

A Review of methods of producing crackled texture effects in paintings. Crackle Paste – A Golden product that requires a rigid substrate and thick application. Doesn’t work on Yupo or paper. Somewhat chalky.  Kroma Crackle – from Kroma Industries. Relatively new product. Thinner application and can be used on flexible substrate. Takes a long time Read more about Crackling Textures – Methods and Results[…]

Using Water Soluble Embroidery Stabilizer

Getting just the right amount of visual texture in watermedia abstracts is sometimes difficult, and probably time consuming.  I, in my always quest for something new to use in my painting decided to try some embroidery stabilizer that my wife had.  Now, I buy it it larger rolls (she doesn’t use it much anymore)  since Read more about Using Water Soluble Embroidery Stabilizer[…]

Demo at SWMWS meeting

At our regular October meeting of the Southwest Michigan Watercolor Society in Battle Creek this past Monday, the 1st of October,  I talked and gave a demo of acrylic pouring with media to dilute the acrylic paint and create cells using silicone. I used my usual Blick Acrylic fluid paints and PaintEasy. Also tried some Read more about Demo at SWMWS meeting[…]