Buried Treasures

"Buried Treasures" mixed media on wood panels, 32x16" overall, $365 set of four (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Featuring more art that was created during my stay in Colorado for today’s post! These pieces started out as flat wood panels that I put a blended-color coat of paint on to start.

work in progress, image 1, buried treasures (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

I had been experimenting with grout and cement and decided to add a nice layer of texture with cement on these pieces.

work in progress, image 1, buried treasures (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

It was toward the end of the day so I left it overnight to dry. The next morning I was excited to see how it would look with some layers of paint on top! I picked up the first panel and, bam, all the cement slide right off onto the table. The other three followed suit and I was back to colored panels with a layer of cement dust before I knew what happened. I am not sure if it was the layer of paint, the texture of the panel or the wood products it was made of but the cement certainly didn’t like to stick (it did, however stick on other pieces!). SO…not to be outdone by cement I pulled out my jar of acrylic gel and redesigned the pieces over again.

work in progress, image 2, buried treasures (c) 2010, lynne medsker

So take THAT cement! 🙂 As soon as that was dry I began layering the colors one after the other.

work in progress, image 3, buried treasures (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 4, buried treasures (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

You may notice that the pieces eventually moved around. Although I had planned on them all “flowing” together (like the image with just the acrylic gel on them) during the confusion of losing the cement design I laid a couple of them down upside down and the hangers ended up at the bottoms! So I just went with the flow and turned them into a different design.  The final touch was a liquid layer of gold/pearl color on each panel. I really liked the turquoise and swaths of gold throughout, which is what led me to the title!

I hope you have a lovely weekend…I’ll be back with more new images on Monday!


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