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linley.plester

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on: December 11, 2017, 01:49:27 AM
These are a series of 4x6" paintings I made to be used as cards. I have 2 tubes of Daniel Smith iridescent blues, and a bottle of iridescent medium. I have found that the medium works best when painted on a white background, and the iridescent paints show up best on a black background, but I was happy with both really. Unfortunately the iridescence doesn't show up well in the photographs, but I hope these pics will give yo some idea of the effects.
The water was painted with the iridescent blues pre-mixed paints, and the turtle with ordinary watercolours mixed with iridescent medium.
As you will see in this pic and that of the flamingo I found it difficult to blend and hide the brush strokes when I applied paint mixed with iridescent medium to larger areas.
Iridescent medium and ordinary w/c paint on black paper except for the blue which is the iridescent blues I previously mentioned.
The silver background is acrylic but the flowers and leaves are watercolour and iridescent medium.
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Bill76434

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Reply #1 on: December 11, 2017, 09:23:55 PM
Thanks Linley very useful info and a real nice collection.


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Reply #2 on: December 11, 2017, 10:12:32 PM
 :thankyou:I had a lot of fun doing them, Bill. When I get around to trying the swallows, I want to try them again.


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Reply #3 on: December 14, 2017, 12:13:56 AM
Great collection Linley. Shame the iridescence doesn't show up.  :(


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Reply #4 on: December 14, 2017, 12:45:00 AM
It's a very quiet iridescence Val when it's on white paper. So I suppose it's not surprising that my phone camera can't handle it.


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Reply #5 on: December 15, 2017, 08:04:07 AM
Linley,
Yes, the iridescence is difficult to catch in a photo.
Nice selection of subjects.

Have you tried painting the iridescent medium on top of the dried paint,  instead of mixing it in with your paint at the beginning?
I have had some success doing that not only on water colour paint, but also on acrylic paint.
It works especially well on fabrics   ;D

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Reply #6 on: December 15, 2017, 11:11:52 AM
I did do a brief experiment Catholic. .. a couple of splotches one with the medium in, and one on top, and concluded that the effect was more noticeable with the medium mixed into the paint. However perhaps  it is worth another try. I might overcome the streakiness of the paint. :thankyou: