A look at the making of Crazy Bird
Revisiting a past theme
Crazy Bird is not new. I first painted birds on a wire with one upside down bird in watercolor a few years back. It was an experiment, that turned out to be a success, many experiments aren’t… But that’s why we come to the canvas, or paper every day to refine, tweak, and hopefully build on our successes and learn from our experiences. The painting above is still one of my best sellers for prints on mugs and such. I love how organically the ground pigments of the watercolors flowed to form such interesting color combinations!
Cutting a frisket
First thing to do is to cut the frisket or masking paper. In this case, I used shelf liner because the image is 30″ in length. Plus, shelf liner is much cheaper and does the same thing. After cutting out the negative space (the birds), it’s time to mix the colors. Making a mixture of 2 parts Golden fluid acrylics with 1 part GAC 200, I poured the mixture into little bottles with a fine tip. The GAC 200 makes the paint harder and less elastic-like. That way when you peel off the frisket you won’t peel up the paint!
But after removing the template, I just wasn’t happy with the way it was looking. The shapes weren’t defined enough and the color palette competed too much overall. So I decided to make this more of a pointillism piece and to switch up the color palette while I was at it. The piece is painted on a float frame which has beveled stretcher bars and stands out from the wall about 1.5″. This is going to look great on a darker painted wall, that way it will really pop!!!! Can’t you just see it?
I’m thinking about trying this with some mica powders next time just to see what effect it will have. Am wondering how many little droplets of paint are in this thing? It was quite a painstaking process, especially since the drops are so small, my hand cramped for days afterward.
Curious? You can find this painting here
I’ve a few more ideas that are percolating on the back burner, plus I’ve finished a brand new 36″ x 36″piece with one of my students that I’ll be posting soon. Never did I EVER feel I would enjoy teaching so much, more on that later…
Lots of love, lots of laughs too 🤣😂😉