In mixed media we add layers of collage, paint and other materials to create depth, history and intricacy in our paintings. In my base layers of my encaustic paintings I often begin with a collaged and painted background. To age the surface, expose all of the cracks and scratches and to unify the variety of colours, sheens and textures, I apply a layers of Walnut Ink. Here is the step by step process for my unique back ground process:
1.Collage the heck out of the entire panel - I try to stick to pattern, texture, text and colour only, avoiding images at this stage.
2. I then apply a generous full coat of mineral/chalk paint over the entire surface.
3. Letting it dry briefly, I remove paint randomly, exposing bits and pieces of the bottom layers using baby wipes and sandpaper. NOTE: If the paint has dried too much and you can’t remove enough paint, use sandpaper first, then the baby wipes.
4. I now add scratches, lines and rough areas using abrasive tools like razor blades, steel brushes and heavy-grit sandpaper.
5. Mix your walnut crystals with water according to manufacturers directions and add to a spray bottle.
6. Apply a full generous coat to ensure it gets into the deepest crevices.
7. Remove with baby wipes - using a new wipe until the desired amount of surface ink is removed.
Before and after Walnut ink aged and distressed surface.
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