I’ve been creating digital paintings for almost ten years. My techniques have evolved and I’m constantly learning and trying new ideas and digital brushes. Twenty years ago, I bought a print on canvas from a big online company and wanted to frame it. It was a great image but I thought it could use some more dimensionality. I went to our local college art shop and grabbed a container of gel medium. It’s a transparent/translucent acrylic gel that painters use to thicken up their paints. In this case, I brushed it over my canvas print, following the brush strokes, to make it look “real”. It worked, I had it framed, I hung it up, I forgot about it.
Fast forward to a few months ago when I was having a conversation with an extraordinarily talented digital artist who said she loved her latest creation and was going to do an “acrylic overpainting”. A… what? Why would she paint over a digital painting with acrylic paint? She then explained that she was using a transparent paint medium. The lightbulb went on.
I’ve spent the time buying different brands, weights, and glosses of the gel in order to find what works for me. I commandeered every canvas sample in my studio that I could practice on and I’ve narrowed down the product and perfected the technique. I find that the hand embellishment adds a dimension of depth and texture that adds a final level of artistry to the digital painting. I’m so excited to start offering it as an enhancement to my existing art product line!
SHARING IS CARING!