Love & Laugh…

"laugh" mixed media on 8x8" panel, $65 © 2011, Lynne Medsker

Last week I was finally able to get back to the studio and start on some new pieces. This week I’m back again and am getting some of those beginnings finished! Here are the first two I wanted to share with you, along with some shots of their progress along the way. I began these two panels along with a different set of four panels, this is an image of all of them with a thick layer of textured white acrylic on them:

work in progress, image 1 © 2011, Lynne Medsker

After the texture layer dried then I began adding color with acrylic inks. I love playing with the thin inks, a spritz of water and they run, blend and bleed together – what fun! My initial thought was something multi-colored in a rainbow-ish pattern so that’s how I started.

work in progress, image 2 © 2011, Lynne Medsker

Eventually it kind of took on a landscape aspect so I followed that path a bit and even added a sunny spot high in the sky.

work in progress, image 3 © 2011, Lynne Medsker

I wasn’t totally excited about it at this point but I left it like this overnight. The next morning I still wasn’t excited about it so it was time to rework it. This time I went back to a more comfortable abstract pattern. I was almost there but it needed a little something else. Adding the black edges did the trick, it reminded me of the frame that appears around a Polaroid transfer!

work in progress, image 4 © 2011, Lynne Medsker

Once that dried all I had to do was add the rocks that I had selected prior to painting.

"love" mixed media on 8x8" panel, $65 © 2011, Lynne Medsker

Ta dah!  I’ve finished the edges, all that’s left is to add a hanger. These panels are thin and have holes at the top, I’m planning on using some natural hemp-type string for hanging. I also worked on the other four panels and have them nearly complete. I’m back in the studio again today so look for those on the blog in the next day or two!  I’ve got some new ideas whirling around in my mind…I’m anxious to see what pops out next. 🙂


2 thoughts on “Love & Laugh…

  1. Lynne, what are you using to get the texture? I have a friend who is wanting to create texture. I told her sheetrock compound or gesso, but this looks different than either of those. Thanks, Deanna

  2. This one was actually done with just thick acrylic paint, which I hadn’t really tried before. I’ve also used acrylic gel mediums (they range from thin to very thick), a mixture of sand & gesso for rougher texture, grout or cement (you can adjust their texture with the amount of water you add). I’ve even used caulking before!

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