I had been wanting to try out oil and cold wax painting for a while now. I just didn’t want to buy more art supplies that I wasn’t sure I would ever use again. Plus, I already have so many things I want to try and will probably never get around to all of it.
I kept seeing oil and cold wax paintings on Pinterest and You Tube and couldn’t stand it anymore. I went out and bought the smallest bottle of cold wax medium I could find along with some inexpensive oil paints. I already had some wood panels for a substrate and a catalyst tool for spreading the paint.
I mixed a few colors of oil paint 50/50 with cold wax medium and spread it around the panel with the catalyst tool. I used the side of the tool to make marks in the paint. Starting at the bottom of the panel, I lightly slid the tool up creating random marks. The mark sizes varied depending on how much pressure I applied and the angle that I held the tool.
I really loved the way the paint was breaking up inside the lines. It made me think of reeds in a wetland or swamp. I just decided to leave it as it was. It only took me about 10 minutes or less to paint this.
I need to try a few more paintings to decide if I want to invest in better oil paints and more cold wax. I will say that I was not very patient with the time it took to dry. I’m so used to painting with acrylic or water based mediums. From what I understand, oil paintings dry faster with the cold wax medium. I can’t imagine waiting for a painting to dry with just oil paint and no cold wax medium.
I painted this girl for my cousin. She’s been going through a very stressful time in her life. She has always been so complimentary of my art and has a number of my girl paintings. When I first started doing art and showed it to her, she was so excited about what I had created. Her compliments and excitement gave me the confidence to keep moving forward with creating art. I am so grateful to her for that.
As I was finishing up the painting, I wasn’t sure what words I wanted to add. I keep small scraps of papers and other ephemera that have inspiring words, phrases and quotes stuck in a little flower frog on my art counter. I went over to thumb through those scraps and found a card that read “Everything will be ok”. I knew that was just what needed to go on the painting and I know that everything will work out for her and it will be ok.
This is another You Tube inspired painting. The video was posted by Nika Rouss. I ordered a couple of the stencils she had used and, once I received them, I got busy painting. Here is the video link: Nika in Wonderland. I really enjoy watching her videos!
One of the ways I seek inspiration is to watch You Tube videos of art tutorials. I recently watched a video by Jenny Niemi. That video inspired me to finish a painting that I had put aside a while ago because I couldn’t decide how I wanted to finish it.
I had stenciled, stamped and painted a lot of different colors and patterns onto a 12 x 12 inch art panel. When I saw the You Tube video, I thought of the panel and decided to give it ago.
I sketched in the girl and painted her face. I added the waves in her hair with a Stabilo pencil and lightly activated the pencil with a damp brush. I gave her dress a collar using pieces I had torn off of a paper doily. I then painted around the girl with white paint allowing a bit of the colors below to show through. Next I stenciled on some words and then lifted off some of the paint by dabbing it with a baby wipe so that the words were not legible. I also added some texture by brushing some drywall tape with blue paint and stamping that onto the panel.
Happy to have gotten another one out of my “what to do with” pile and finished up.
Have a great weekend!
Here are the other abstracts that I mentioned in my previous post. It’s a set of two paintings that I have name Obscured. These are larger than most of my paintings at 20 by 20 inches. They are on a gallery wrapped canvas that has 1 1/2 inch deep sides that are painted black. I used mainly acrylic paints and charcoal pencil. I had a lot fun making scribbles with the charcoal pencil and then somewhat obscuring the marks with paint.
Can’t believe it has been a month since I last posted. I have been busy but at least some of that busyness included art making. I finished this abstract painting, along with a few others, since my last post. This painting is on a 12 x 16 inch canvas with the painting extended onto the sides. I used mica flakes to add some glimmer. I like the texture the flakes add to the painting in addition to the glimmer. When I look at it, it makes me think of a formal evening gown so I decided to name it The Gala.
I’ll try to get pictures of the other two paintings and post them before another month goes by.
I’ve been away on a wonderful trip with my daughter and granddaughter for the past week. We went to Walt Disney World in Florida and then on a Disney cruise and had such a great time. It was a very busy week though and I am happy to get back home and back to creating.
I finished a couple of abstract paintings shortly before leaving on the trip. They were inspired by a gold leaf painting I had seen on Pinterest. The first painting (above) is on an 8 x 10 inch wood panel. I started by gluing down some tissue paper that had a map print on it. After that I applied wall paint in white mint and aqua using a palette knife. I also added some white paint letting it mix with the wall paint. I kept building the layers and scratching into the paint. I used a sea sponge to randomly had bits of the darker blue color onto the bottom portion of the panel. Next I added collage medium in spots across the panel and added the gold leaf over the medium. I also added little bits of gold leaf in other areas on the painting. I painted the sides in the white mint color.
After I completed the smaller one, I decided to go bigger. The painting below is on a 20 x 24 inch canvas with the sides painted and gold leaf added there as well. It looks very similar to the first only much bigger.
Have a wonderful week!