- PAINT: Plaid Apple Barrel liquid acrylics (black, wild iris, parrot blue); Plaid Extreme Glitter (silver)
- FLOW MEDIUM: diluted Elmer’s Glue-ALL
- ADDITIVE: Hoppe’s 9 gun oil
- GROUND: 2.5 x 3.5 inch (ACEO size) canvas board prepped by covering back with painters tape, adding sticks for handles, and wetting top surface with water.
- HEAT: waved a Bic lighter and blew on it (so need a torch thing)
Working on the little canvas board was much easier to control the flow, perhaps because ACEO is my favorite size. Stick handles helped, kept my fingers off the edges. I still ended up with a messy back.
I’m not sure if adding a couple drops of gun oil did anything. I used it because don’t have any silicone, which is the suggested additive in most of the tutorial videos, and figured Hoppe’s 9 is one of the best “fine oils” for anything. I’ll buy silicone and one of those heat torch things when I’m able to go shopping again. I don’t wander much when the streets are icy.
Oh, I’ve been making ACEO size art for so long that I forget that not everyone know what an ACEO is… ACEO is an acronym for “Art Cards, Editions and Originals” which is just miniature art, any medium, that measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Most are thin like sports cards, but there is no rule on thickness. Some people call this size ATC for “Artist Trading Cards” and yes, ATC and ACEO are the exact same size. It’s one of those things that are the same but not the same… the only difference is what you do with them. Artist Trading Cards are meant to be traded (never sold) and traded exclusively between artists as a means to network, share techniques, etc. Call it an ACEO and you can do whatever you want with it… sell it, trade it, no exclusive bull, anyone (not just artists) are “allowed” to collect art in this size. Considering the old masters traded (or sold) their art cards for food, lodging, and other things they needed; I stand with the ACEO crowd.
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