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Old 11-15-2009, 10:51 AM
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MTM Classroom, November 09:Working with mediums

This is a read-only thread, the original may be found here.

Over the next few weeks I am hoping to investigate the world of mediums. Some I will be including are:

light molding paste
molding paste
flow enhancer
gloss medium
lava gel
white plastic gel
micaceous earth gel
glazing medium
airbrush medium
fiber gel
pumice gel
wetting medium
string medium
pouring medium
opaque gel
stucco gel
and others.

As questions arise, please do not hesitate to ask, if I am not including something you have wanted to try, give me a PM and I will investigate it.

I am currently working on a project and will have a video of the progress and how I am using certain products along the way.

Please be patient with me. I am in the process of trying to move back into my home after a 5 month trip and getting my house and garden in order at the same time.

This is meant to be interactive so don't hesitate to get involved.
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Yeah Howard, welcome home and look forward to your photos, painting and videos!! I'm all for learning new stuff!
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Old 11-15-2009, 12:14 PM
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Re: Working with mediums

Hi Howard, Looking forward to the discussion/demo of string medium. I haven't been able to get strings from it. It's a shiny, honey-like gel effect. Maybe I can learn how to REALLY use it
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Old 11-15-2009, 01:19 PM
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Re: Working with mediums

good idea howard look foreward to seeing the results, I know of one artist who uses wall tile cement for texture on mdf.
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Just what I need....thinking about buying some small quantities of mediums to work with...be nice to know if I am gonna like them... and know how to use them!

Thanks!!!
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I've gotta say, I'm lookin' forward to this. Nice timing, too - just about to plow into a new series of paintings myself.
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Old 11-16-2009, 05:18 AM
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Very interesting. Ill be watching for sure.
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I am very interested!! Can't wait!
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:21 AM
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Let's start with some videos that I have created.

The first deals with transfers. I use either a soft gel medium or a standard gel medium. I will be the first to admit that I happen to like gloss mediums in any form. Matte mediums to me diminish the colors and cloud if applied to thick. Obviously you do what you need to do but these are my personal preference. I have recently seen a new transfer technique and will be making a video of that in the near future.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeeScv8f6yQ
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Old 11-16-2009, 03:31 PM
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Still learning how to embed videos, here it is for your viewing



You can see where this technique has been applied in some of my works.


I think it can be used in all manner to apply patterns and different images to a canvas, wood, or paper panel.
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Wow Idlybrush. Thanks for the video, very inspirational - makes me want to go out and try it immediately!
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Modeling paste and/or molding paste

Available in several "flavors". What I have found most available are light, regular and hard. I have been researching a clear molding paste that dries near clear.

Light means lighter in weight. It has a light fluffy feel and dries with little shrinkage. I have yet to have this product crack or craze during use. I prefer this product for use on canvas where weight can be a factor. The weight is about half of the regular molding pastes. This product, when dry, can be carved, sanded and/or painted. Acrylics applied in a stain or opaque liquid will work well on this textured surface.

"Regular" molding paste. To me this has a refined texture and a slight color, most of which goes away during the drying process. As with most acrylic products, this can be pigmented with acrylic pigments. As it dries, especially if the application is thick, this may crack. So, consider applying molding paste in thin layers allowing it to dry between layers. If you want the crazing or cracking, consider using it in a very thick layer. This can also be applied in thick swatches or thin layers. It can be colored before or after application. Again, a stain or painted application works well.

Hard molding paste is about the same weight as the standard paste, seems a bit denser and can be pigmented as above. It is designed to be carved readily and sanded as well. The surface seems to be a bit harder than the standard product and may be susceptible to cracking and crazing though I have never experienced it myself.

Used straight from the jar they can build a surface with texture and depth. When dry, many, can be sculpted and sanded. One of my favorite things to do is let the molding paste dry, color it, allow that to dry and then sand off the highlights to reveal the white dry paste. The white is only where the sandpaper has touched and removed the pigmented layer.

Colors may be added to molding paste if desired to either tint or color the product to a desired level.

You may also mix molding paste with a clear acrylic medium or gesso to create a lighter, more fluid paste. This would be ideal for a background texture.

Recently I have been using the light molding paste almost exclusively. I happen to like the texture, the feel and the weight.

A variation on this product is stucco paste. It has an added structural material to give the paste a feel of textured stucco in a very refined form. It dries much like molding paste and can be used in much the same manner. The surface is slightly less refined but visually very exciting. It can also be mixed with acrylic pigments, though, I feel as though a stained effect is more in keeping with the visual texture. That is my feeling and should be weighed as an opinion not a hard and true fact.


left to right

Light molding paste, stucco paste and a blend of gloss medium and light molding paste.

I can imagine using stucco paste and gloss medium to create a textured surface with an interesting tooth.

Just a few thoughts.
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Sitting back with popcorn Howard! Will enjoy checking back with the thread periodically to see your thoughts and impressions.

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Getting comfy, going to be watching and learning...great to have you back Howard.

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Thanks for sharing your experiments and creative process with us. Really great video. I look forward to seeing more!
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