Mako talked more about minerals [passionately]
like Azurite blue
and he tried out my microscope.
So then we each took our turn, ooohing and ahhhing at the sparkly minerals. It felt like going on a treasure hunt!
Then it was time to get down to business. First thing on the list: getting set up in a new space.
It was only a temporary set back. Within minutes, it felt homey and inspiring again.
Next on my checklist for the day: adding some malachite green to the mini-experiment pieces.
These are not colors I would normally gravitate towards or use on my palette, but I’m enjoying learning more about the process as I try these.
And I set up a few more experiment pieces to try tomorrow. This time, I tried sizing dress pattern paper.
Next on my to-do list was to get a new panel prepped. I first started on with a little encaustic medium on the right side.
Then I added some blue wax and a layer of clear shellac (mixed with burnt umber dried pigment).
Then I took it outside to torch it! [ever since discovering this video, I've been dying to try this!!]
Not too shabby for the first time around, but there’s a lot more to discover I’m sure!
Then I did a little pencil drawing of a branch and sized the other side (to prep for Nihonga). Then I added white pigment in a sort of cellular shape.
Last on my list was to prep 3 more panels (this time, they’re cradled – so they’ll be ready to hang). I have lots of ideas for these, but like everything in this process, it will require a steady balance of patience and hard and fast discipline.
Laura was prepping her wood panels too
and letting them dry.