Today Vicki McFarland pours exquisite feathers, landscapes…with liquid acrylics. Enjoy! – Lea
Feather by Vicki McFarland on TerraSkin poured acrylics
I have recently re-discovered my passion for art after a long hiatus (3 grown boys and a 33 year career with a local utility) I am an ever learning artist who takes great joy in the freedom that abstract art provides. There is nothing more rewarding than reflecting feelings and emotion in a piece of art. TerraSkin is my new favourite product and I am currently using it in probably 80% of the pieces I do. Contact Vicki
Landscape by Vicki McFarland on TerraSkin poured acrylics and Golden mediums
What mediums do you work with on the TerraSkin?
Mother by Vicki McFarland on 34×50 TerraSkin poured acrylics
I typically use fluid acrylics and various mediums on the pieces I create. Some of my favourite works are the larger pieces, like the one attached here called mother. On this piece which is 34” x 50” I primed the background and then used the fluid acrylics to flow the paint onto the paper. The painting was then stretched on gallery style stretcher bars.
What initially drew you to try the stone paper?
My sister-in-law, Linda, who is also an artist introduced me to stone paper a year or so ago. She had used it for some of her landscape work and had some real success. I was drawn to the texture and how the paper holds and seems to reflect the colour pigments.
What technical discoveries did you make or find using the paper?
Both positive and negative – what solutions/adaptations did you discover to any road blocks?
As I mentioned above, the way the paper reflects colour and light is amazing. I have also attached here one of my current experiments…the colours are vibrant. It is also strong enough to be stretched, which is definitely a benefit over other papers.
Some of my smaller pieces I decided to mount on wooden paint frames and I was having some difficulty finding a binding agent that would work with the TerraSkin and wood. I have worked thru this issue and have found success to date with 3M 90 although I am experimenting with other adhesives.
The other limitation for me is the size. I have been buying rolls of the paper, but can only get stock in 40” widths. Although not a huge problem, it would be so nice to have a wider selection.
What surprises, reactions, unexpected results, or techniques did you encounter?
Often Artists go in with a set of well-defined habits and find themselves opening up in a new direction.
The flow and “paint grab” I have been able to get with this product has opened up a whole new world for me literally…Colours seem to dry true, while on canvas the colours fade or dry lighter. I have also been able to experiment with heat and paint on the paper. With a heat gun I am able to bubble the paint and provide texture to the painting (various textures depending on how I use the heat) without any additional mediums.
If I add pouring fluid to my paint and flow the paint on the paper, I can get a mirror like finish that bring out the colour even further.
What changed in your approach?
I find there are less limitations when painting on the stone paper. I can have equal success when I prime the paper first or when I just flowing directly onto the paper. I often use the precut sizes of TerraSkin for experimental work before I do a larger painting, but have such good luck I very seldom throw the pre work away.
32″ x 42″ poured acrylics on TerraSkin by Vicki McFarland
close up detail
What are your thoughts going forward?
I am looking forward to experimenting more with the paper and the effects of colour and texture. I am continuing to experiment with mounting. Things get busy and I put down my cups down for a while (I cannot say brushes, as I seldom use a brush) and then I wonder as I walk back into my small studio, why have I taken so long to come back? There is more therapy in art that any medication on the market or any stress buster available! – Vicki McFarland
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What’s to come – next blog post?
lucky me!-I have a contact in Montreal who has produced a unique photo emulsion (a coating) for inkjet printers or any water soluble inks.
The emulsion is PH neutral(acid free), no optical brighteners with a high D-Max (this means velvety rich blacks) and True colours. It renders an image akin to enhanced matte photo paper with more depth.
I am testing with my rock paper…my own handmade artist quality photo paper! It is gorgeous!
See you soon.
- 16pt TerraSkin® rock paper
- liquid acrylics & mediums
- 12pt rolls 40″ x 20" TerraSkin®
- stretching over stretcher bars