Creative Señorita: Cupcake Swirls And Kitty Litter

May 16, 2009 at 6:52 pm 1 comment

I’ve been hard at work this week, trying to finish these five paintings. I want to get 20 done by the end of May. I am trying a few new and old techniques with these particular designs.

The swirl painting is actually going to be part of my preserved wedding bouquet. I preserved the flowers with 3 coats of spray paint so they would hold their shape. This way they don’t crumble. I learned this technique from my friend Julie Anne Gilburt. She creates beautiful paintings using this swirl technique using different variations of flowers, colors and shapes. She taught me how to create a very interesting chemical reaction using gloss and emulsion. These two paints create a cracking effect on the canvas that is absolutely beautiful. You can kind of see the cracking starting to take effect. This is my first attempt using this technique, and I have to admit it takes quite a bit of skill that I just don’t have yet. Julie assures me it will come with time and lots of practice.


The butterfly canvas was created using titanium white and crimson acrylic paints. I used a round tip brush to fill in the pencil drawing I made of the butterfly. This canvas is not finished yet.


I used an acrylic paint for the base of the yellow and brown painting. The texture is actually a mixture of unused cat littler and sand to make it grainy. I wanted create large clumps of paint that would form a rocky texture. I had to use kitty litter because Brighton Beach has no sand, and the rocks are far to big for what I had envisioned. This painting is not finished yet.


The blue painting has an acrylic paint base, and the lips are a design I created digitally. I printed the lips out and created a stencil. I plan on caking on a mixture of dark blue acrylic paint with texture paste. This will hopefully give the lips a very chunky, swirly look. I’ll post the results next week.

Entry filed under: Fine Art, Paintings, Sam & Dennis, Studio Projects.

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