One of my favorite online artists is Donna Downey. She does a video called Inspiration Wednesday each week. Donna is not only a talented artist, she is only very, very funny. This piece was inspired by one of her Inspiration Videos. I laughed and laughed while I watched her create. Donna is one of those people that as I watch I want to yell at the monitor and say, "Stop, it's perfect now, don't do anything else." Usually I'm wrong. Not so much this time. One of the things I love about Donna is her willingness to experiment. She is not afraid to try something new and she's not afraid to make a Hot Mess. Hot Mess is one of her phrased and it is a great one.
I really liked the idea that she started with so I decide to give it a try. I started with a 8x10 piece of cereal box cardboard. It's my go to substrate for experiments. I put two coats of gesso and then I use blue, yellow and purple metallic paint (Micheal's brand) In person the colors are shiny. I photographed inside at night so I lost most of glass. The yellow and blue made a really pretty green that looks kind of weak in the photo. I hand lettered the words with my white Pitt Pen. It's a permanent ink when dry. I see more Pitt pens in my future. Next I painted around all the words with black craft paint. When all the black was dry, I went over the white a couple of more times so that it would pop. I used a piece of sand paper to rough up the background so that a bit of the colors would peak through. I also put a coat of Liquitex Gloss Varnish as a final coat to give the background just a bit of shine. This was a little out of my comfort zone. I had a good time doing it and I'm happy with how it turned out.
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