My younger son took an after school art class with the artist, Justin Pyles. The students were working on paintings of flowers and I was amazed at the richness of the color. It wasn't just vibrant, you could see the brush strokes and layers of blended colors. I wondered if it was oil paint. It wasn't. Justin had the children apply a glue wash on top of the dried tempera paintings. I knew that in collage, a glue wash is needed for the top, but this...this opened up a whole new world of possibilities.
|A third layer of line, shape, and color is applied to an easel painting|
Hint: You must have flat surfaces for these to dry on. The glue is white glue mixed in 1 to 3 water to glue measure.
|The glue wash process begins.|
|A set of paintings left to dry. The drying time varies depending on how|
much glue is applied and how it pools. I try not to move or stack them for
at least 14 hours.
|A finished work. Brush strokes and blending is revealed. Note: the yellow is the color of the construction paper that was used for this set of paintings. It is always interesting to see how the paper color peeks (or doesn't peek) through.|
|Detail of a larger painting. It would appear that the green is raised above the red, curling to catch arms with the green tendril above.|
|Detail of the painting below. The brushstrokes float. This artistry is usually only seen in wet paint. As tempera dries it flattens and dulls. By adding the glue wash these subtleties return.|
|The whole painting. The detail above is taken from the inner ring/frame of purple -- |
that happy, little jump up of light blue.