The Legacy Series

legacy finished copy

I had a lot of fun with this little series of four six inch chunky canvases.  There are layers and layers on these pieces!

legacy process 1

I started out by writing all over the face of each of the canvases.  I did some marking with oil pastels and added a tiny bit of color.  Gesso went on top of that, then a collage of book pages, cheesecloth, music sheets, Citra Solv papers, and corrugated cardboard scraps. I added some shading gray and sepia high flow paints until I had a big soupy mess on each of the canvases.

Legacy process2

The next morning, after it had all had a chance to dry, I started adding another layer of collage. I used dictionary definitions, an old photo, film negatives, and this reproduction photo by Tim Holtz.  When I use heavy paper like this in collage, I like to peel the front and back apart to make it thinner. The bonus on these reproductions is that they have a fun back side too that I can use on something else!

legacy process 3

After more collage, came more writing.  I used a ink pen dipped in F.W. acrylic sepia ink and a white Sharpie paint pen.

legacy process 4

The next step was a little scary.  I put a very thick coat of matte gel medium over the entire surface.  I was shooting for a hint of an encaustic look.

legacy process 5

Eventually it did start to dry and my images began to reappear, though more muted.

legacy process6

So now I do more mark making, some of it scratched right into the surface.  I added more handwriting, and added another embellishment as a focal point. I melted a piece of negative for one, added a vintage key, a feather…

legacy edges

I like to finish the sides as well on these thick canvases.

All done!

These canvases will be available at Tessera Fine Art Gallery later this week.  They are $35 each.  Call the gallery at (316) 262-2435 if you are interested!

If you would like to attend a workshop to create your own art in a similar style, call the gallery to sign up for “Paying Tribute” -July 9

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  1. STUNNING! Brilliant with the gel med = encaustic! I love these and would love to see in person. thanks for sharing!

  2. These look wonderful! Your trick to create the faux encaustic look is brilliant.

  3. Thank you so much for your wonderful process! WOW work right here!

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