Tuesday, 29 October 2013

BF 2013 The Big Cover Up

Over the weekend I decided to cover up some old paintings which I had not varnished - the Mean Girl and The Nice Girl - The reason I created them and that part of my life is over and done with and I'm glad they are gone. I glued on pages from old books - a French dictionary and some of the works of Shakespeare.  Unfortunately there are air bubbles under some of the pages as I rushed the process, which is very naughty of me.

On Monday I used a large palette knife to apply a warm layer and the cool layer on the right hand painting, and a brush for the left hand one as a contrast.  I think the palette knife was bought at a hardware store, so it's not technically an art tool but if you know me then you know I like to use all sorts of household tools for my art such as the rubber squares you use to open jars and kitchen sponge for stamping.

Top - the Nice Girl and the Mean Girl paintings.

Middle and bottom - the collage cover up process.

Top - the warm layer

Bottom - the cool layer

Left - with a brush

Right - with a palette knife.

Have you ever covered up an old painting?  Tomorrow I'll show you another old painting I've been covering up....


  1. I have done this many times and I really like to cover old paintings, that are not loved anymore. It gives a nice texture to the new painting from the outset and it always turned out as a good decision for me. :)

  2. Such beautiful art. Hopping over from my blog for Blogtoberfest. I just wanted to check on the list to see if I could visit other participants blogs, but I can't seem to find it?

    1. Hi Anna, the list is on the BlogtoberFest 2013 Page, http://shellsinthebush.blogspot.com.au/p/blog-page.html

  3. I love what you've done. I covered up a painting on the weekend, which I've decided that I'm going to now keep as is, and keep it for myself. I have a few more paintings to cover up from my Bloom True course, and others laying around the house. Pxo

  4. Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed seeing the differences with the brush and scraper. Does the newspaper help with coverage, or is it for texture?


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