hi steph! i love the roses, they are fantastic - for the reasons casey, your sister and others have pointed out. the scribbles work really well for freshness. if you want to 'structure' more - i wondered if it may not be about the paper and background: perhaps try some pastelboard, make some pastel board (bristol board with layers of pumice/gesso/water mix), and perhaps also some acrylics mute underpainting?will be watching... :)
Thanks Gesa, the idea of making my own pastel board scaers the heck out of me. I'll have to do a bit of reading. I like the idea of trying mixed media though, which I know is your forte. Thanks for the ideas, and the compliments.
hi, again - even if you don't want to make the board yourself (which is fairly easy: stretch some bristol board with gummed paper on mdf, perhaps apply primer (i usually just use emulsion), and then 1-2 layers of pumice gel (i think golden has a good one, or even the artspectrum diy pastel primers work well), let dry complete and do pastel work... but even getting some pastel board (ie artspectrum) may make interesting change to work on. :)
Thank you so much for those instructions. I need to order some more pastel colours, and I was looking in a Jacksons catalogue at the pastel board primer stuff, so I'll add that to the order and have a go. I love the idea of adding acrylic colour to the primer to create my own coloured grounds, as the papers available are so restricting, but covering them in a base-layer of coloured pastel fills up the tooth and limits the layers I can add thereafter. Keep the info and the compliments coming.
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