Hi folks, Tamiko here. I told myself as a newly proclaimed artist, I would incorporate more of my work on canvas. I even told myself I would try to create 1/2 canvas a month... Uhhmm well part of that works for me.. (smiles) This month's canvas I decided to use my Helmar bubble theme to create the piece below.
The list of supplies would include:
Deco Art America Acrylic Paints
Watercolor paper (90lbs or higher)
Prima Oil Pastels
I began first by creating my canvas background by loosely painting waves in hues of blue and green.
After a while I decided to create bubbles on a separate sheet of paper because it is almost impossible to create bubbles on top of acrylic paint with watercolors/gouache.
Once the bubbles were made and cut out, I stuck them down to the canvas with some Craft & Hobby PVA Glue.
While I was pleased with how things looked I felt like it still needed more .. I added some oil pastels for shading. I thought to myself, SEED BEADS!! Now how will I pull off adding these??? I grabbed a piece of scrap paper, like an old index card and cradled the seed beads within it. I used a small bit of Premium Craft Glue to adhere the beads to the bubbles for 2 main reasons. First, because it comes in like a clear gel which hugs the beads and prevents the beads from rolling about once in contact with the glue. Secondly, because the glue dries and continues to stay clear, flexible and sturdy!
That all came together and created awesome detail on an otherwise flat surface.. See here.
Now to be honest, if you plan to hang or sell this I would also reccommend using the Crystal Kote Matte, to varnish the piece with a matte finish.