Acryllic Painting Tutorial
Collage and Transfer on Canvas
“ We’re travelling to Germany for this demonstration by Isabelle Zacher-Finet. I find her incredible at demonstration of her process, and that she’s willing to do it in English is wonderful. I can’t do my demonstrations in German. Collage and Canvas Transfer are the focus of this article. Then we’re off to Monroe N.C. and Scottsdale AZ and this excellent artwork by Bill Colt, artist and corporate pilot. He was kind enough to share his whole process in photos. OK…I can’t fly an airplane either. Enjoy!!!
Video Demonstration of the Process by zacherfinet
Mixed Media Acryllic Paintings
Meet Bill Colt an artist at Wilde Meyer Gallery, Scottsdale AZ, who also is into recycling, using old newspapers and magazines as a background for his acryllic paintings. Bill Colt goes to antique stores and flea markets to find old magazines, comic books, engineering manuals and random reading material.
Tuskegee’s Finest by Bill Colt
Bill’s a corporate pilot, and some of his acryllic paintings include pieces of aviation maps, old Pan Am ads and aviation engineering manuals. His collage technique is pretty methodical, as you can see from the interesting photos he was willing to share when he was creating his painting entitled “Estelle,” which Bill was commissioned to do for Del Frisco’s Grille, a new restaurant in Phoenix.
To start, he creates texture on his canvas with joint compound and bits of things like cheesecloth.
Then, he collages pieces of his printed materials on the canvas with gel medium. In this photo, you can see the vintage ads he uses. I like the one for Duz soap – I think that was from the ‘50s. The blonde woman smoking the cigarette reminds me of Betty in “Madmen!”
As the creative process takes over, Bill draws his image in charcoal (I can still see the Duz ad and Betty.), and then paints with acryllics, covering agood portion of the collage work.
To finish, he glazes his acryllic painting with a product that deepens and enriches his colors. Here, Estelle is looking right at us in a very engaging way, and although there is really no correlation between the cow and the old ads, the images work very well together. The owners of Del Frisco liked this painting so much, they commissioned Bill to do another version for their restaurant in Washington, D.C.
Estelle by Bill Colt
The different papers give Bill Colt’s artwork an additional dimension and an element of graffiti. Bill’s paintings can be enjoyed at a distance, and then examined up close to see what’s beneath the paint. That makes these paintings especially interesting.
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