Stephen Lursen here. I have completed the painting project using the paint skins and I am happy to be sharing my process and thoughts with you.
This video is the 2nd part in a 3 part process. The first video was titled: How to make Acrylic Paint Skins
This video is titled: Peeling Acrylic Paint Skins
And Next Week's video will be called: Painting with Acrylic Paint Skins.
I received an email earlier this week asking me why I chose to use clear gesso mixed with the paint because she has used pure paint to make skinst. This is a great question! It is true that you can pour out acrylic paint onto a non stick surface and the paint alone will create a skin. I chose to add mediums because I wanted to create some variety in the appearance of the paint skins. Adding mediums reduces the density of the pigment allowing more light into the skin and creating a more translucent/glowing paint skin than its pure paint counterpart. Pouring pure paint creates a very opaque skin which I find a little flatter in appearance. Also, using a medium stretches the paint and allows less pigment paint to be used. This is great when using Golden brand paints because they are pretty pricey. They are highly concentrated so thinning them out really brightens them up to reveal the color in a beautiful way. Many of the golden colors are so rich that when used alone, they look very dark. Colors like Permanent Violet Dark, Anthroquinone Blue, and Paynes Gray are just a few that look almost black until you thin them out or tint with white. Adding white to any color will make it more opaque, so thinning them out with mediums was the best option for me. As for why I used clear gesso instead of other mediums... I had a big bottle from years ago, so it was time for it to be used. :) You could use any fluid acrylic medium to achieve a similar, however not exact, effect. I very much enjoyed adding the iridescent medium because it added sparkles to the paint. Who hates sparkles? Not me! Hahaha!
Here is the picture of my finished painting. It is very similar in style to my abstract landscape series and would fit right in. It is good to remember that these videos are not made with the intention for you to copy the image, rather for you to learn how to use the process to make your own images.
Just as a reference, here is my mixed media painting "Abstract Landscape III" (the 3rd painting in the series.) The 2nd painting in the series is an instructional video called "Abstract Landscape"
Now for the 2nd part in the 3 part video series, I present to you Peeling Acrylic Paint Skins. Enjoy!
Thank you for reading and watching!