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« on: February 04, 2010 01:15:57 PM »

I thought I would share a technique I use on paper, canvases, wood and many diff surfaces for a different background look.  I'm sure some of you have done or seen this before, but for those who haven't.....  Grin

This technique is VERY simple.  You need a candle, an old knife (any kind works) and a firestick to light the candle  Cheesy Cheesy You be the judge whether you need a ventilated area or not...the smoke off the table knife I use does not bother me but whatever works for individuals.

I slop acrylic paint on the surface with a 1" flat brush usually, but any brush/sponge would work, and make sure it's quite wet and thick so it doesn't dry too quickly...paint needs to be wet for smoke to meld into it effectively.  Light candle and hold knife over the top of the flame to make smoke. The closer you hold the project to the smoking knife (don't light your project on fire though  Roll Eyes ) the smudgier the smoke...if you hold it back a few inches it will make the smoke lines sharper.  Move the project around a lot and look at it constantly to see what kind of design is forming on it and that you like what it's doing.  If it is what you want, then let the project fully dry and then give it a quick seal with matte spray sealer or something like that, then you're ready to do your foreground  Cool

I used these 2 small canvas boards, 5 x 7",  to demonstrate how it looks but the pics are not looking as clear as I like, sorry  Undecided







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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2010 01:45:31 PM »

I love this! I am going to try it on my next painted project!! Thanks so much!
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2010 01:49:58 PM »

Wow this is so cool! I'm going to have to experiment with this.
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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2010 02:04:55 PM »

Will be interested to see what kind of "marbling" you folks do  Cheesy   Easy technique that can really add that extra pop to a project, enjoy  Kiss
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2010 02:05:50 PM »

That is, indeed, fantastic! Thank you for that! Can't wait to try!
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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2010 02:06:52 PM »

You're quite welcome and any questions from anyone are certainly welcome  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2010 02:29:47 PM »

This is really interesting!! I'll have to give it a go ... does it matter at all what colour paint you use?
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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2010 02:57:20 PM »

This is really interesting!! I'll have to give it a go ... does it matter at all what colour paint you use?
No, it shows well with most colours...well, using a dark colour background it's not going to be showing so much  Grin  I tend to use it on lighter and brighter colours
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« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2010 03:41:10 PM »

WOW! That is really neat!
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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2010 03:52:20 PM »

This looks like a ton of fun! I'm going to try it on some paper and then cut the paper up for atc's!
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