watching paint dry


…and photographing it!

As I type to you the final drippings and runnings of this page a doing their thing, which give me the chance to show you some more bits of page.

After scribbly ink and doodles I wanted to knock back some of the busy color and detail, which I did with a mix of acrylic and guache. Sliding and scraping with palette knife.

I wanted to liven up the texture, so used coarse pumice gel and – what’s to hand? – aha! leftover dyed rice! Then a swish of spray ink…

Only drying time will tell if the rice sticks, but even if it doesn’t, it’ll leave some nice rice-scars behind. Happy either way!

I love the way the wet media allow the pigments to travel, gather, collect together in bands. In these colors it reminds me a little of malachite

3 thoughts on “watching paint dry

  1. Beautiful colours! I love how spontaneous it is, it’s so nice when the paint does it’s own thing. But I have never heard of using rice to “scar” the paintings (although I have a lot to learn). How do you do that, just sprinkle it on top of the wet media?

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