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  • Writer's pictureNicole S.

Texture, Anyone?!

Visual and physical texture in my artwork has always been something I've been really interested in, and lately it's taken center stage in my experimentation process.

I was perusing Instagram one day and came across an artist who works with sculpture paste and makes beautiful floral paintings. Apparently sculpture painting is quite popular in Eastern Europe from the little research I've done. Anywho, I was really inspired and decided to try out my own ideas. I happened to have some 5"x7" mini canvases just begging me to use them, so granted their wish and broke out my palette knife, my molding paste, and some crackle paste.

There was a lot of self-discovery in this process as I realized I enjoyed making more topographical surfaces instead of "sculpting" certain shapes or forms. I felt really free and loose...until I got stuck once the mediums were dry.

Admittedly, I didn't anticipate that the texture would throw me off so much when creating these abstracts, so I put them down for a few days to ruminate and perhaps find new inspiration. Inspiration seems to come when you least expect it and as I was once again perusing Instagram, I was struck by someone's use of gold leaf and thought it would be the perfect addition to these pieces.

To say I was blown away by the effect would be an understatement. I love how the leafing accentuates all of the bumps and divets of the surface. I love leafing anyway, but with the texture underneath...*chef's kiss*. I feel really inspired by this and will likely be making a larger body of work incorporating this technique. #obsessed

Let me know what you think--love it or leave it?

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