Do you remember George Michael’s Freedom, you know from the 90s? Well in Mixed media place they have a new challenge, get inspired by music, and this time I really have great memories, oops now you know I am that old. Yeah happens. Anyway I loved listening again to the number and that what came out of me:
Each time I listen to it what comes back in my head is the line: all we have to do now is take these lies and make them true somehow. I remember it was sort of an explosion and fire, something that can clean everything. So I wanted to make my own explosion on a canvas.
So how did I begin? Well I applied a thick layer of crackle paste with a palette knife on my canvas:
After it dried and I got some texture, I wanted to add some colors. I used acrylic inks and Lindy’s stamp gang sprays and water of course to mist. I added some rusted paper to it as well, why not, let’s rebel…
I can never get enough from textures, so I went further, first I used France Papillon’s french journal page and then her splattered mug stamp with archival ink. I applied some black gesso through my stencil and later made some marks with a plastic card on my canvas:
Yooh maaan I liked it, so time for an explosion… I used a self altered found object to mark the middle (it’s a real found object, have no idea what it is for, found it in the local hardware store, just rusted it). Then in my mind the explosion was to pull radius with colorized string gel medium (used metal acrylic) around my found object. I dropped some more self rusted embellishments into my string gel while it was drying.
And so I got my metal colored explosion trying to clean up my messy background. Some more details:
No real explosion happened during the process, string gel medium is a fiber medium, during the application and drying you can create string like textures by repeatedly pulling lines with a comb or plastic fork into the medium.
Hopefully you like the idea of being inspired by a certain music in your creation progress, if so why don’t you join Mixed media place’s challenge: Summer music volume 1.