Size: 12″ x 12″ x 11/16″
Echo was made using adhesive, painter’s caulk, and acrylic paint on canvas.
When I started this piece, I had set out to copy a technique I’d seen on Pinterest. That was the plan anyway. The technique had used aluminum foil which was then painted over. Simple right? Well, not exactly.
I started by tearing aluminum foil into random shapes. I glued those down in a diagonal. After 24 hours, I realized the glue I used was not going to hold the foil in place. Sadly, it was really easy to remove. The canvas, however, was not easy to clean – so I didn’t bother. The adhesive created really interesting patterns. The question became ‘what next?’
It occurred to me that painter’s caulk has the consistency of buttercream frosting (it does!). I loaded a pastry bag with black painter’s caulk & put a simple lettering tip on it. Keep in mind that I own a cake decorating kit which I used once in 6 years. I relocated it to my art studio. Using a charcoal pencil, I drew the circles on either side of the glue. I then went over the lines with the painter’s caulk.
I love painting with blues and purples. So much so, that I actually force myself to use other colors lest I create nothing but blue & purple works (seriously!). Since I created ‘Fractured Flame‘ at the same time as this piece, and it features red, orange, and yellow, I decided I could use blue & purple on this one. I ended up painting over the caulk with metallic silver & metallic purple acrylic paints. The rest of the piece was painted using different teals and blue paints. I also created some depth & contrast by adding in black & white acrylic paints. The sides of this piece are finished in black acrylic paint.