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Friday, June 9, 2017

Tar Gel


A couple of weeks ago I shared this photo for Paint Party Friday.
I had heard about Tar Gel on various You Tube videos and decided to try it
I would apply one layer of circles and let it dry.
Then I applied the next and let it dry...for 5 or 6 times.
The watercolor paper is now quite heavy with the gel..
I let that all dry a couple of days as it is VERY humid here in Florida right now.
Then I put a red/black wash on it and rubbed it off until I was happy with it.
The wash fell into the creases where the Tar Gel wasn't.
It is very shiny.


It dries clear so whatever is underneath shows through.
The downside is that it isn't cheap, for the amount I used here.
But it made a rather plain painting into a quite dramatic painting.
Wishing everyone a Happy PPF


This week's bloom, a dendrobium orchid

16 comments:

  1. Love the effects you achieved. Happy PPF and have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

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  2. love it! I have been thinking about buying a tub of tar gel to experiment with too:) Happy PPF!

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  3. I love where the dark got down into the crevices. This looks great.

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  4. Wonderful! This was something new to me..

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  5. Great effect and beautiful color.
    Happy PPF xx

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  6. Hi Susan, yes I remember the impact of your first painting was so beautiful - as a rose. This second treatment is very dramatic and the colour deeply luscious.
    What gorgeous orchids... you do live in a paradise of plants.
    Cheers and Happy PPF :D)

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  7. It is a kool effect, and reminds me of the finger labyrinth tutorial I offered for my friend Heidi's year long art journaling workshop! I used hot glue to make the "track" for one's finger to trace.
    Happy PPF!

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  8. It is a kool effect, and reminds me of the finger labyrinth tutorial I offered for my friend Heidi's year long art journaling workshop! I used hot glue to make the "track" for one's finger to trace.
    Happy PPF!

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  9. It's so hard playing around with media, when it is expensive. I'm glad you did, though!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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  10. Tar gel effect look nice; thanks for sharing the bloom too. Happy you dropped by my blog, have a good weekend

    much love...

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  11. Very interesting process. I am not familiar with tar gel at all so I enjoyed reading about this. Happy PPF!

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  12. Such an interesting creation and process Susan. I guess you have to have patience to create using this technique. The effect is great.
    Love orchids too. Happy PPF to you :D

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