Ulyana Zavyalova

PhD in materials chemistry
International Encaustic Artists (IEA) member

Maltechniken

Experimental Painting

Experimental Painting

Here some tips and examples of favorite painting techniques from my experience.

Modified Paper marbling or Ebru method

This ancient technique has many variations depending on used surfactant chemicals in water solution and special additives to colors assisting aqueous surface design. Using different ways and tools for careful paint deposition on water surface fascinating and often unexpected ornamental patterns can be obtained.

Painting on glass or mirror

Nowadays there are many great tools one can use to obtain beautiful translucent effects of classical or reverse painting on glass. My favorites are transparent glass paints allowing light to shine through, glass outliners, and glass-effect-gel with 3D-effect.

Encaustic with use of translucent paper

The hot wax painting using heated beeswax with colored pigments is very old technique known already in the middle of the 3rd century. An advantage of the method is that encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted, and various materials, for example translucent paper, can be collaged into the encaustic medium. Moreover, encaustic paintings are quite stable under normal temperatures and do not have to be varnished or protected by glass.

Acrylic with use of modeling paste

Art gesso or modeling pastes are excellent support for acrylic paints, lacquers or spray. Applied with knife, scraper, brush, sponge, cake decorating tools, etc. they help to build textures and create three-dimensional forms, which can be shaped and polish before or after painting.

Collages with natural materials

Get inspired by nature and make art with natural materials around you.. Unique 3D-collages can be created using acrylic paint as glue to fix e.g. dried flowers, orange or lime-slices, cinnamon sticks, sea shells, feathers etc.

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