|"Cracking the Code" - 18" x 24" acrylic on paper - $295 includes free shipping|
After the masking fluid dried, I got a can of moss green acrylic paint and sprayed it over the sheet. Once it dried, I rolled on two light coats of white paint then gently added some umber; sienna; ochre and Golden's Payne's Gray (which is Navy Blue in my eyes!) with a brush. (you have to work lightly when using masking fluid because it's easy to remove the gummy substance when using a brayer or paint brush).
The fun really began once I started removing the dried masking fluid with my rubber cement eraser. Because of all the layers of paint on top of the designs, it took a long time to remove the paint, and some areas removed more layers, exposing some of the moss green paint. I decided to let the scrapes and scratches remain which wasn't easy because I wanted to go in and make each mark perfect, but I forced myself to walk away and left it to dry overnight.
I'm glad I did - I absolutely love the finished, rough organic look. What do all the lines and patterns mean? To me, it's a life's code type of thing, and each person can read into it whatever they wish. I haven't determined my meaning of the piece yet, and I probably never will.