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Encaustic Effect With Acrylic: Thickness Test

One of the difficulties in creating a credible simulation of encaustic with acrylic is the lack of thickness. Acrylic medium shrinks a lot upon drying so that even if a thick layer, or even multiple layers of faux encaustic medium is applied, it is difficult to obtain a substantial thickness close to the one of a single layer of encaustic. To accurately determine the number of layers of faux encaustic medium needed to create an effect of thickness having the appearance of wax, I did a test.

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My Digital Paintings on High-End Clothing

Those who follow me on social networks already know it: three of my digital paintings were chosen by the company of high-end clothing Art-A-Porter located in Montreal for their “Tech Lo” collection. As I already mentioned it on a previous blog post published last October, Art-A-Porter is company creating clothing and fashion accessories on which are printed artworks of artists from all around the world.
Below is an overview of the wearable art pieces designed from my digital hybrid paintings…

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Faux Encaustic Effects With Acrylic: Trials Are Continuing

Last week, I show you my first experiments using acrylic paint and medium to mimic (or at least try) the effects of translucency of encaustic. Click here to read the blog post and take note of the faux encaustic medium recipe I used for the following experiments.This time, I tried another technique suggested in the book “Acrylic Painting for Encaustic Effects” by Sandra Duran Wilson. It consists of painting with transparent colors on a translucent deli paper and then glue this paper on the substrate…

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Tests: Encaustic Effects With Acrylic

Have you ever tried to mimic the translucency, and the textures characteristic of encaustic with acrylic paint and medium? Inspired by Sandra Duran Wilson’s book “Acrylic Painting for Encaustic Effects”, I ran some tests. Here is an overview of the first experiments.
In her book, Sandra Duran Wilson gives two recipes of faux encaustic. The first is a ticker spreadable version, and the second is pourable. In order not to infringe the…

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Asymmetric Symmetry 2: Alcohol Ink and Acrylic on Dura-Lar

Last week, I presented you two paintings made with alcohol ink and acrylic on transparent Dura-Lar. Here are two other paintings exploring the same concept of asymmetrical symmetry. This time, the color palette is even more reduced and the texture effects are so subtle that all the attention is focused on the composition and interaction between both paintings. Notice how the eyes travel from one to the other…

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Asymmetric Symmetry: Alcohol Ink and Acrylic on Dura-Lar

I am always amazed to see how a catastrophic painting session can turn into a golden opportunity to explore a new creative path. The painting session was disappointing: color overload, uninteresting composition, nonexistent contrast… In brief, a disaster. It is only when I had the impulse to create symmetric images that I started again to have fun.

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2016: Looking for Something New

The beginning of a year is always for me, and maybe for you too, a convenient time to think about the past and to make choices that will influence the future. What are your wishes for this year? What would you like to live and what actions are you ready to do to make it happen? As for me, I am looking for something new in my creative life. What’s this new will look like? I honestly don’t know right now!

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2015: Retrospective of the Year

Year 2015 ends and it is time for me to look back on the main events of the year to help me to get a clear view of where I want to go next and how I am planning to get there.

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Review of the Magnetacks, A Minimalist Hanging System

The idea of hanging drawings, paintings on paper or posters to wall with magnets is not new. The classic way to do that is to drive four screws on the wall, and then attach high potency magnets on each of the screw heads. The art on paper is thus sandwiched between the screw head and the magnet. This method ensures there is no hole through the paper, but the screws leave holes of considerable size on the wall…

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