Sunday, August 5, 2012

Halos...pre gold application

Here are four of the five icons I have on the table at this time trying to knock out some commissions. Its been a long haul to get back into painting. The first step after the research, perfecting the cartoon and transferring the image is to lay down the halo. I use a marine varnish that is self leveling, applied in a thick coat x 2. The varnish has the consistency of honey and is difficult to apply smoothly. One dry it looks smooth and shiny.

The next step will be to apply a slow drying size, allow that to tack up then apply the gold. With the price of gold sky rocketing, the process is long and slow to prevent waste. I am using the granite island in the kitchen since this is the most level place in the house and prevents the varnish from pooling on one side.

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