My paper bag canvas for the 40 day creativity experiment is going from bad to worse, but I'm trusting the process and faithfully adding layers every day. It can be really hard to walk away from it when I hate what I've added. I want to cover the whole thing up to try and fix it, but my personal spin on this project was about restraint. Do one thing and walk away. Don't judge, don't fret, just take it one layer at a time.
Day 16: I added torn pieces of painted tissue paper
Here's a closeup of the tissue - painted with watered down golden fluid acrylics. I love how they stay semi-transparent.
Day 17: I cut circles out of clear contact paper to act as a mask, and painted some gesso around them. the contact paper is still in place in this picture
Day 18: used pan pastels to add the orangey color. The contact paper has been peeled off to reveal the painting below.
Day 19: cut more contact paper circles, laid them in different places (overlapping the other circles), and painted gesso around the edges.
Day 20: add the teal paint and freak out over how bright it is.
Day 21: lightly cover with gesso using a foam roller.
Day 22: watered down that same teal paint and let it drip.
Day 23: grabbed my brayer and titan buff paint and rolled all over it.
Good gravy, it's ugly at the moment.
But each day I've tried something different and learned a little about how colors and materials interact. And there are interesting small bits with a lot of depth and texture.
From here I think I will keep toning it down and making it more neutral so I can build back up in a more purposeful way. I'm going to have to start thinking about composition and focal points (eek!)
I still have more than two weeks to work on it and I'm starting to have a few ideas of where it might end up.