Thursday, June 11, 2009

Walnut Ink Wash

So having determined that I would NOT crackle this doll, I went about a wash to knock down the bright newness of the colors.

My friend Dixie had recommended a watered down burnt sienna or burnt umber acrylic paint

After going through all my acrylic paints, I found I had just about every other shade of brown - but not those. So I used Walnut Ink by Tsukineko instead.

I sprayed it on, and rubbed it in with a paper towel. Then I wiped it off. You can't really see much of a difference in these photos, but that's good. I just wanted a subtle muting of the colors.

The top photo is without the wash. The bottom photo has a light wash. The wash was also applied to the arms.

4 comments:

Susie McMahon said...

Hi Deanna! Glad you decided not to crackle.......the slight, subtle patina is a much better way to go. In fact, after I left my reply to your last post, I thought of something that I have occasionally done, and that is to use burnt umber oil paint over the (well-dried) acrylic paint job. I rubbed it on with a cloth - just a little - and then 'polished' it off - worked a treat and gave the same kind of patina and had a definite muting effect. Left the surface with a slight sheen.

Orice said...

Lovely work as always. The wash does make a subtle difference. Either way would please me.

Dixie Sargent Redmond said...

Hi, Deanna - I see a difference...and I think it did what you wanted it to do and muted the colors subtly. I agree with Susie on the no crackle - she's too delicate for that. :-)

Once I put gel stain on a painting. I'd like to try it on a doll someday.

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