- I figure out I need Something.
- I figure out where to find the Something.
- I go to wherever the Something is sold.
- I buy the Something.
- I go home with the Something.
- Home improvement stores
- Art supply stores
When I make a pilgrimage to the local art store, I find myself wandering the aisles (deftly avoiding the gazes of the store clerks, lest they see me drooling on the merchandise) and pondering the artistic possibilities of the wealth of riches I see before me. One such pondering moment led to the purchase of a jar of Golden's Fiber Paste, which is basically an acrylic gel filled with synthetic fibers. I had no idea what I was going to use it for, but I would be assured it would be in my studio when the inevitable bolt of inspiration struck.
Well, the hoped-for bolt hasn't hit yet, but this seemed to be the perfect time to pull the jar out and at least experiment a little. I plopped a few blobs down on a piece of illustration board, and spread them out with a brush.
A palette knife can be used to smooth out the paste, but I liked the idea of leaving the surface more textured. I grabbed the ink, and off I went.
Ink Bear on Illustration Board coated with Fiber Paste
It was like painting on rough, handmade paper. The paste turned out to be nicely absorbent. I debated going over it again and defining the darks on the bear some more, but rather liked the "ghostly" appearance a single pass created. Thankfully, there was no need for swearing or primal screaming when working on this one.