Using Acrylics to Paint 'al Fresco' on Paper
Complied and written by ©Claes
G Lindblad on December 22, 1996.
|Here, I have used pure French Ultramarine
(in several degrees of dilution) for the leaf; and several dilutions of
Ochre with a touch of wine black for the low-lights.
Note: the support in this case is nothing but paper! It's the sand admixed
with an acrylic gesso which gives the interesting structure.
This leaf was my first experiment using this method. It's appropriately
entitled "Il Fresco Acrilico 1" and was made in July 1995.
- White acrylic gesso.
- A little sand.
- A fluid, matt acrylic medium (which is our binder).
- Some pure pigments...
- ...and lots of water.
- Sketch a design with a brush, filled with diluted colour (a faint
line is all you need).
- Lay a base coat of white acrylic gesso, mixed with sand. This will
produce a texture which looks very much like mediaeval al frescos.
- Take a little pure pigment, grind it in an acrylic medium and add *lots*
- Paint it onto the sand/gesso base.
- When one layer is dry, add new thin layers, to build up the intensity
- Highlights are created by painting just very thin layers, to
let the white sand/gesso shine through. Only if necessary, add some touch-ups
of pure white on top.
- Lowlights, or shadows, are created by repeatedly going over
an area with darker and darker colours. Add black (or burnt umber) only
when called for.
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