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hoose your preferred surface, either heavy paper, wood,
or canvas. ou might also want to gather pastels, collage
scrap, adhesive, and a pair of scissors. ou also need
the following
ne or multiple painting surfaces more on this
in next steps
White or black gesso
crylic paint and any materials you choose
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hoose a working surface that can withstand multiple
layers of paint and possibly rough handling. I suggest a
heavy  or  lb  or  gsm watercolor paper
or a wood surface such as a pine board. Feel free to work
on a larger surface such as a stretched canvas, as it is
very physical to work on large surfaces. ote In this
demonstration, I am working on inch . cm  lb
 gsm paper.
tart by laying a “ground” on your surface. This can be
white or black gesso or it can simply be a solid paint color
of any kind. ote I work with acrylic, which dries much
faster than oil, and for this exercise will allow you to speed
up the intervals between steps.
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evelop your surface with two colors of paint. In my example, I paint the entire surface with green acrylic. fter
about twenty minutes, I paint black acrylic over the entire surface. I often do this because now I can take white
pastel and doodle or draw on the black surface. aving black over the green allows some color to come through,
adding texture. It’s just the way I always start any piece.
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raw what you feel. t this early stage, it’s a very abstract process. In my example, I start with pastel and
draw whatever I feel. ou might even try closing your eyes so you aren’t overthinking what you see on the
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s I progress through this abstract stage, I enhance the circle shape and adjust the pastel blue to be more
somber. I notice something in the scratchmark area on the right and adjust it to be an abstract red shape
using red pastel, which I read as a symbolic “opening” or door. I’ve also wiped the white shapes slightly
away—a benefit of using pastel. uring this stage, stop. ook for any shapes or areas that draw your eye in.
Focus on those areas but don’t try to figure out what they mean. It’s still very abstract. Work with adding
some color or more definition in those areas. xplore them with an open mind, and try not to get tied to
“what does this mean?”
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