Saturday, 20 August 2011

The Joy of Acrylics


(click on pictures to see more detail)

 I love watercolour but recently I've been inspired to get my acrylics out again. I've been playing in my sketchbook journal with layers of texture and paint and having fun with silver acrylic! Silver acrylic, where have you been all my life?!
I'm really enjoying layering and acrylic is great for this because it dries so quickly and lends itself to holding a texture too. Each page goes on its own journey from the first layer to the last.  Like a real journey, there are moments when it's possible to make mistakes in direction and other moments when the route is smooth and pleasing. One of these days I'll remember to record it so that I can show you the process.
Some of the layers have writing, pourings from my heart and quite private so I cover them with a layer of paint. Still there, still felt. 
These pages above are scanned so they don't show the shininess of the metallic paint but if you imagine the light areas are shiny you get the idea. 
Now where are my pots of glitter?.....

22 comments:

Rosie said...

Silver acrylic? That sounds fantastic! Painting over thoughts...even better. I really like these latest ones.
PS I have lots of glitter...

Robin Larkspur said...

I love the idea of writing thoughts then painting over them. And glitter would be wonderful with the acrylics. Will you try it and show us please.

Tammie Lee said...

these are wonderful. i love the texture and layers... love to know there are hidden treasures and feelings too.

Jessie said...

Thanks Rosie, a girl can't have too much glitter!
Thanks Robin,I'd like to do a video or at least a series of pictures. Maybe when the schools go back I'll get more time. :)
Thanks Tammie, quite therapeutic too I find. :)

Carol said...

Fantastic idea to put your private thoughts into your art in such an amazing way.
Carol xx

Sandra van Doorn said...

i’d love to see the process of you layering; plus i have never worked with silver acrylic now i must try it!
i love the creation you have here: i too enjoy going from one medium to another somehow i feel it gives a different soul to artwork...
lovely work xo sandra

Cynthia Schelzig said...

Wonderful pieces!! love your SWELL below tooooooo. Those fotos you show below look like you had a fun time by the beach too!!!

Dyche Designs said...

So pretty, I love metallic paints.

Auroran Lauriel said...

Jessie, these are gorgeous! I love the texture and patterns. The layers give the content such depth. I love the contrast of the deep rich dark blue in the background with the young woman's light face--this makes her seem lit within. And I love The landscape! That waterflow down the mountain is lovely and two little houses at the top--they look like friends. :)

Nicola said...

Oh Jessie these are gorgeous! I don't think I've seen you use acrylics before. I think these pieces are lovely and full of texture. What a great idea to write down your thoughts then paint over them to seal them away :0) Lovely. Oh and I LOVED your burlesque life drawing sketches what a fantastic class!!!! :0)

rachel awes said...

these are so dear, dear jessie.
love them. xox

Giggles said...

I just found silver acrylic recently too, before that I was using silver paint for bought at a paint store, not an art store!I have a passion for art with houses! Love yours! Nice job!!!

Kiki aka Victoria said...

Beautiful..powerful and so inspiring!! Gorgeous art as always!! Love the acrylics and the silver is fab!!
Wonderful!!
Victoria~

Jessie said...

Thankyou, I did have fun playing with these textures and hope to do some more soon! :)

teri said...

Just found you through Cynnie blog Galerie 46... I Loved the painting she won from you so much that I just had to walk on over... even thought it is late and it is dark, and you are probably sleeping... so I tiptoed around quietly for a bit and loved your place- see you again soon- teri

Monica {bohemian twilight} said...

you've had so much fun here. it's great playing with new or long forgotten materials.
i love silver acrylic, it's so beautiful and silver. compared to the disappointing gold.

Jessie said...

I haven't tried the gold one yet. I know gold gel pens can sometimes look brown. I have that pleasure to look forward to!

renilde said...

Hello Jessie, thanks for your sweet comment, it's good to be back and to see you have been trying out something new, love the 2nd one and i can imagine the shininess. I used gold acrylic paint in the past and one can create great effects using shiny paint. New materials work stimulating. x

naomi orana said...

oooh I do love acrylics and you have a wonderful way with them!

Vita said...

wonderful work!!!! acrylics can be lots of fun it's great that you branch out to different mediums

ruthie said...

Dear Jessie, i love how you explore with your art, you always sound as if you are having such fun. You have inspired me to get my acrylics out again Jessie, I have so many lovely colours and lots of metallics too! ps did i say I found a life drawing class at last yay, had one session about to start a new one in September. x

Jessie said...

Thankyou all so much!xx :)