Stacked! Step-by-Step / by Angela Bandurka

OK, here we go :) I'm going to take you through the process of creating "Stacked" - a 40x12-inch painting that I created this week. 

Click on any of the photos to see them up close and personal.

Step one:

The setup. I grabbed a bunch of varying sized teacups and saucers, played around with the arrangements until I got one that I liked. Here I have a variety of patterns and solid colours that are stacked together with the largest on the bottom moving up to the smallest ones on top. I had to use some museum putty to hold them together like that :)

The strong light source was coming from the right side and I set up a neutral gray background behind the setup.

Next, I played around with my viewfinder to see how the stack would fit best on the canvas.

Here is the prepped canvas, ready to go: First I applied Golden Light Modeling Paste, followed 24 hours later by a coat of Liquitex Clear Gesso mixed with Golden Fluid Acrylic in Napthol Red Light.

The drawing goes on with a pastel pencil in a shade that will not make my colours look muddy when it mixes with my paint. I chose a warm ochre.

Here is the drawing, but I felt like it was too low on the canvas - there was too much negative space in the top area, so I wiped it off with a damp towel and started again. Your drawing is the most important part so you need to get it right :)

Ahh, that feels better!

Next I laid in the darkest darks of the background - the "table" and shadow.

Next up: the background lights. I made the bottom left corner the darkest of this light beige-y-grey area, getting lighter at I moved up to the top.

Working one teacup at a time, I was able to keep my paint wet on the canvas, which allowed for blending. Acrylic paints dry fairly quickly so working with a large brush and completing one shape at a time is essential when creating a realistic effect.

Recycling bins can yield wonderful tools for mixing paint! I like the hard edges of the yogurt cups for wiping my brush off after mixing. Plus I can pop this puppy into a ziploc baggie and it'll keep for a week!

The final step after completing all the teacups was to re-do the background. I applied the paint very thick from my yogurt cups, working with loose brushstrokes to create texture in the background.

THE FINAL PRODUCT:

Stacked

40x12 inches

Acrylic on canvas

Close-up views:

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