"Alien Encounter" ....... oil ......... 9"x12"
Every now and then this is fun to do; I've added a spatter pattern to the yellow area of the plate for some added interest. You may have tried this technique as a kid if you had a very lenient art teacher. It can be a bit messy but with a little practice you can refine your control.
How to spatter
Gather these tools:
- masking tape
- old toothbrush
- rubber gloves
- your paint of choice, thinned down to a fairly liquid state
On a large table, set out a good amount of newspaper, even if your canvas is small. With more newspaper or other paper (I've used white paper from the printer here so it shows better here), cut out some loose shapes for the areas you DON'T want spatter. Using masking tape, gently tape the paper mask to the canvas. You'll want to be sure any paint on your canvas is dry so you don't pick up any paint when removing the tape later.
If using oil paint, thin your color of choice using some medium and a very small amount of thinner. It should be a little soupy. For acrylics or watercolors, thin with water. You can vary the size of spray by trial and error by varying the consistency of the paint, and by the relative softness or hardness of the toothbrush you use.
Put on the rubber gloves (old paint clothes and/or a shop apron might be a good idea, too. Dip just the bristles of the brush in your paint. Aim at an area of the newspaper to test the quality of your paint. With your thumb, pull back on the bristles. When satisfied with your test spatter, reload and aim at your canvas. Repeat until you've acheived the amount of spatter you desire.
Carefully remove the mask. Later, when this was dry, I added a dark glaze over the entire shadow area of the yellow, which helped it blend in.