I woke up this morning and suddenly remembered that I have quite a bit of work to do to prepare for my October show. So I ditched my house work (any excuse, right?) and formulated a game plan. I already knew that I wanted to paint the wren chicks in my back yard, and I have tons of photos of them.
I dug around in my studio and found two pre-cut 9″ x 12″ panels. Using a 50-50 mixture of Elmer’s Glue-All and Wallpaper paste, I adhered matching fabric to both of the panels.
- First, I used a brush and applied a medium coat of the glue mixture onto the panel.
- I laid the fabric on top and used a small straight edge to smooth the fabric to the panel. The glue should bleed through the fabric. I flipped the panel over and applied glue to the edges and folded the fabric around the panel as neatly as I could gluing it as I went. Then I stapled the four corners with a staple gun.
- When that was dry, I applied a coat of clear Acrylic Medium.
And when that was dry I sketched my two favorite photos on top of the fabric with white chalk. Normally, to save time, I use a grid or a projector to transfer the image. I decided that in this case it would be just as efficient to sketch the image free hand. I like to use white chalk because it stands out against patterned fabrics, and can easily be removed with a damp cloth. Then I painted the first layer in Acrylic paint.