Hansa Yellow – Color of the Day

What a bright cheery yellow and a bright cherry bird!  Hansa Yellow Opaque by Golden Paints is so fun!

"American Goldfinch" mixed media on canvas
“American Goldfinch” mixed media on canvas


Textured Gesso

Now that you have discovered some effective ways to gesso a canvas, how about adding some texture in your next layer.  There are several ways to do this.

I found a great detailed account using gesso and texture paste by Creative Flair Scrapbooking.  I really love their album of steps and finished painting.

And if you want to do it in 50 seconds, Amy Pearce can show you something simple in her video.


Green Gold – Color of the Day

I love the color green gold that Golden Paint makes.  It works well as a complimentary color to many of the bright colors that I use in my birds.  Green gold in wikipedia discusses the naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver that creates a green gold.  In terms of creating this alloy, the maker uses gold, silver and adds cadmium to create that great green color.

"American Goldfinch" acrylic and collage on canvas
“American Goldfinch” acrylic and collage on canvas