Paint Blog II: Chitty Chitty Death Bang

I’ve done some extensive work on Paint Blog II, without adding a single brushful of paint to the canvas. How is this possible? Normally, I wouldn’t give away such a valuable secret, but since that’s the whole point of this episode, I guess I will.

First of all, speaking of brushfuls of paint, here’s a new brush:

New brush.

I’ve been needing some large style brushes for a while (usually I use my hands) and A.C. Moore has some very good and very inexpensive ones.

Anyway, how can I radically alter Paint Blog II without adding any paint? Simple. Turn it into one half of a diptych (the fancy term for a work comprising two paintings).

Why, it’s so simple, a child could have thought of it! But he or she didn’t, I did. So the first thing I did was to put some blue and white on a canvas. Unfortunately, I used the wrong shade of blue (one that is slightly warmer than the shade on Paint Blog II), so I had to do that over.

What I did was put paint directly on the canvas in little blobs that look like slugs. Viz:

Zmph.

This then gets all spread around and mushed around and generally is forced to cover most of the canvas. (Note: Despite the rather purplish appearance of the photos to follow, they’re not actually purplish. I think it was the lighting in the room.)

Zmph.

Zmph.

This results in a huge thick mass of paint on the canvas, which, I can tell you from experience, is very hard to work with. We have to get the excess paint out of there. And here’s how.

Many canvases come with these little bits of wood or plastic that, I think, is supposed to keep them from warping or something. They never have any instructions, but they’re always there. Here’s one of them.

Wood.

This will be used in conjunction with a space-age plastical drinking cup, like the one below.

Cup.

Actually, the one pictured above was the very same one used in this operation.

What we do, is use the little wooden bit and scrape it across the canvas, gathering up the excess paint, and we then scrape the wooden bit across the lip of the cup, and repeat the process. At the end, the canvas looks like this:

Zmph.

And the cup looks like this:

Cup, after.

The little wooden bit doesn’t get an “after” photo as it would have been too messy to try and hold it and photograph it. Trust me, though, it gave its life dearly, but in a good cause.

The canvas gets some more work:

Zmph.

And some more work. Below, we’ve started smoothing out the remaining paint so it doesn’t look like a bunch of scraped paint.

Zmph.

Finally (for now), we add some cloud details, trying to match the left edge with the right side of the original Paint Blog II.

Zmph.

This is a not-very-good photo of the two of them together. While it looks as if the color is way off between the two, trust me, it’s not the case. They actually look pretty good together.

Zmph.

Now, we’re going to let it dry some more and put some details in the clouds. Then, we start on continuing the structures on Paint Blog II over this new canvas.

Details as they appear.

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