Anyone who knows me artistically knows I love, love, love texture. I could just eat it up. Hey, maybe that is why I love it, because it looks like you could eat it up. Maybe this relates to my love of food, haha! I digress. Anyway, I have found this amazing stuff called Sludge. It is this awesome environmentally friendly product which is basically a by-product of acrylic paint manufacturing. Just want to give a virtual pat on the back to Tri-Art for producing it since it essentially costs them more to put out then paint. I picked mine up at Wallack’s in Ottawa, but if you check their website you might find it in your local art shop. I have a couple extra bottles so I have put some up in my etsy shop here for those who don’t have access to any and would like to try it out.
I am totally loving this stuff, it is so much fun. It comes in a thin or thick consistency and is made in batches so is usually different colours. I, of course, love the thick stuff. It is even a little grainy which I think is brilliant. I tried a few different things with it so I am doing this post in two parts.
Impressions in Sludge
The first piece I did with it was a tree for little Molly (a good friend’s daughter). I took a canvas and drew an outline of where I was going to add the paper trunk to later. I wanted to make sure not to add texture under where the trunk or leaves were going to be because it makes it difficult to adhere the paper to the canvas.
I then applied some sludge quite thickly to the canvas in a few layers. You have to work kind of quickly without letting it dry so that the texture technique will work properly…
Until it looked like this.
I then let it dry and applied my trunk and leaves with Modge Podge. I took my Faber Castell PITT pens to outline the leaves a little. Here is the finished piece. Don’t the colours remind you of the menu from Le Hibou in my Wakefield post?
I shall be posting a couple more techniques soon ;)