It might seem my post topics are all over the place with me jumping from a new theme to technique, but rest assured it all fits together in my head. Last Saturday I visited friends who were doing day 2 of a strappo workshop I took at Torbay Bight Studio last year. I wrote about it here. I never wrote part 2 as promised and I need to rectify that. In addition, I want to create new pieces using strappo so a refresher is in order.
Then you sandwich this work between parchment paper and cover with a board and heavy object to let it dry. It has to dry for several days to be sure all moisture is gone.
I'm now going to change images because I didn't do a pour on the landscape in the previous post.
Put a layer of gesso on the surface of the support and on the back of the strappo piece. Sandwich the two together and put under weights to dry. Make sure your strappo piece is at least as big as the support. Having a little hanging over the edge of the panel is ideal then you can trim it when the work is complete.
Getting ready to pour
Golden Self Leveling Clear Gel
This product is great for a clear top pour because it is thick and easier to control than other products. It has a high gloss sheen when dry.
Pour in a circular motion.
Wearing gloves helps to keep your hands clean.
Check for level application.
If you have an area near the edge where the gel is thin, apply more. Resist the urge to poke at it with a palette knife ( my specialty).
Dealing with air bubbles
One of the solutions to air bubbles is to stick a pin in them. If you have a lot of bubbles you can try lifting the piece about 6 inches and letting it drop as you would a cake pan. You may think you have all the bubbles, but more can rise to the surface. Check back in 15 - 20 minutes. Another solution is to put isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle and mist the top of the gel while still wet. you can repeat this more than once.
It will take several days for your project to dry.
Additional pouring tips
- use a level to to check your table. If your table is off, your pour will not be evenly distributed.
- use a makeshift dome (paper, fabric or a large plastic container with air holes in the sides to keep dust and falling debris off the work surface
- If you have a lot of pieces or a large piece, make sure the room is properly vented. Gels contain ammonia which evaporates as the piece dries.
Other Golden pouring mediums
GAC 800 - works well when tinted with paint because it has a hazy surface when used alone
GAC 500- thinnest levelling product that has little tack when dry; it is best used when creating poured acrylic skins.
Clear Tar Gel - by far the thickest pouring gel. It is best used if you want to pour lines on top of a work by dripping from a palette knife. You can thin it up to 1 part water and 3 parts gel.