My local art shop does an awesome charity event every year called the 6 by 6 show. Artists sign up, receive a 6 inch by 6 inch canvas, turn it into art, and then turn it back in. Visitors bid on pieces, and the money goes to different charities.

I hadn’t done hot glue in awhile, so I decided to experiment with doing lots of texture work. I also wanted to try doing the hot glue first, then doing layers of tissue paper and modpodge, then painting the top.

The first thing I discovered was that I had completely forgotten how much fine detail I could manage with a glue gun – which is unfortunately not enough for what I was trying to do here. (I’m hoping to find a work-around for this in the future.) So I decided to fill in some of the failed details and just create a nice base of raised outlines from which to do something similar to what I had in mind.

Instead of the small repeating triangles, I tried doing longer ‘finger’ shapes, totally exaggerated. With the red and orange color scheme I had worked out, the hairs ended up looking a bit like flames shooting out in all directions. I added in black lines to outline everything, and wasn’t too happy with the result. Then I decided to add white dot patterns, to go with a mix between fireworks and a festival parade with lit up floats. The piece came together after that.

There is a second 6 by 6 show, so I’m busy thinking of what I should do for this one. I’m thinking of something simpler, and making shapes ahead of time to attach to the canvas, then covering it with material again.


About MxBumblepants

Artist and helper with a lot of interests. Trying to get some projects started and sustained.
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