Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Utrecht Artists' Colors Heavy Body Acrylic

I'm still using up my tube acrylic paints but wanted to try the Utrecht in jar form. I'm delighted with the consistency and the pigment load so much that I thought I'd share here as folks ask about paint recommendations on a regular basis. I will be buying these on a regular basis. Not all of my go to colors are available from Utrecht so I have to go elsewhere (Holbein's Mauve, Quinacridone Gold, Greenish Yellow, Naples Yellow, Golden's Pyrrole Red, Golden's Prussian Blue and Holbein Luminous Opera.) 
My basic palette is shown above:
Mars Black
Titanium White
Yellow Ochre
Hansa Yellow Light
Burnt Umber
My go to red lately has been Pyrrole Red  
For traveling and use of ease (especially if you have problems with your hands and opening jars), I'd definitely choose the tubes. For stretching your dollar and quantity, I'd go with the jars as much as possible!
Remember, use a clean palette knife to take out what you need and don't put anything back into the jar (more on that in the mediums posts below.)
Where to find Utrecht Heavy Body Acrylics (in jars and tubes) via Utrecht
via Blick


Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Settling In

I shared back in April what my studio area looks like (I work from home.) Last night I realized that it was time to unpack and settle in. I emptied my journal bag completely today.

I've never done this before. I've always left my current collage materials in my bag ready to go. We are in this for the long haul so it's time to make my tools more accessible and get used to a new way of working and teaching. It's scary and I am far from finding my footing at the moment but I have to start somewhere. 

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Gorky and Miro Had a Baby and It's a Girl

I started by repurposing MDF wood panels (that I use as palettes) for my covers. I used handmade paper, tacky glue, waxed linen thread and bookbinding supplies to make the book.
White acrylic paint in thin layers.
This was actually supposed to be a tea cup (you can see it on the right panel) but I decided I didn't want it to be on the cover so I changed direction.
outline in pencil from a photo I took.

I thought I had more WIP photos after this shot but I don't (sorry.) I was originally going to add a second image on the right but started playing with the curved, loopy lines.

Supplies used:

100 lb Accent Opaque size 10 x 16" opened

Acrylics: Holbein, Sennelier, Utrecht and Golden

Water based paint markers: Holbein (acrylic inks), Sharpie, Molotow, Posca

Stabilo All in One water soluble pencils in black and yellow


Palette knife