Cut It Up
Create jewel-toned color gel skins and cut them into shapes to add sparkle to your art. Beautifully textured and opaque shapes will give your art that extra zing. These shapes can be made using acrylic gels or pastes. Depending on the gel or paste used, you can create texture, opacity or transparent color. Any of the following gels will work: pumice gel, glass bead gel, tinted soft gel or a gel you make yourself. Gloss gels will result in the clearest skin, and pastes will give you opaque skins. I love working with light modeling paste, heavy modeling paste and fiber paste.
TECHNIQUE ONE: Cut It
You can make sheets of acrylic skins with any acrylic paint, pastes or gels. You can even embed objects such as buttons, mica, beads, sand ...