Saturday, November 19, 2011

Take a Chance

If you are anything like me, you have a bunch of art supplies and products in your studio that you were excited to get but have never used. I have decided that now is the time to blow off the dust, break open the seals, and actually use these items. In my newest piece, 'Take a Chance', I have used two products that were gifted to me: Liquid Pencil and Wood Icing.


I was introduced to Liquid Pencil by Pam Carriker, who helped developed this line of products with Derivan. Think of this product as graphite in a bottle. There are many ways to use it but I used it as a 'paint', covering the entire surface of the panel along with layers of more traditional acrylic paint.


I first heard about Wood Icing from Mary Beth Shaw, who highlighted the product on my blog in a post for The Pulse. She had me at the word texture. Wood Icing is a versatile paste that can be used on multiple substrates and in multiple ways. On this piece, I sanded it down to create very subtle surface texture.


Take a Chance

Available for purchase from my Etsy Shop.

Sold. Thank you!

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Catori (sold. thank you!) and Hiyana, two pieces from my Facets series, will retire from my Etsy shop on 11/22 and are now shipping free worldwide until then.


22 comments:

lyle baxter said...

I'd like to try the icing! see you tomorrow afternoon?

Julie said...

Great to see some new art here, Seth! Love the texture on this...liquid graphite sounds right up my alley too.

Jill Zaheer said...

Wonderful new piece Seth, and love the Take a Chance concept- both in using new tools in one's art, but also in life! What a great holiday gift this would make!!

amyd said...

great piece! I have a jar of wood icing that I won from MBShaw - have had no time yet to play with it...can't wait!

Lynn said...

How fun to learn of these new products and to see them put to use so spectacularly well!
I'd say my entire art "career" has been one big "Take A Chance" experience! And ever so glad that I have and keep doing so!!!!
Makes life so much fun!
All your art rocks!!!

PS Huge Congrats on the publication date of your book! (may I say "our" book as the rest of us in it are equally proud?!)

Kim Hambric said...

I'm finding these two materials more and more intriguing. Perhaps I will treat myself to them for the holidays. I love this new piece -- its colors and its wonderful textures.

Luthien said...

wow! this is a great looking piece Seth! i am constantly amazed at the attention and details you put into your background ... the texture, the colors, the EFX ... i mean, it's like a different world. if i were a miniature, i would live in your backgrounds!! i have never heard of these products, and i doubt they have it here ... but it looks real good!

Anna Mavromatis said...

that was a a well worth chance taking!

Parabolic Muse said...

It's GONE?! What kind of thing is this? Do people NOT know that I'm trying to amass?!

That liquid pencil looks like a dream come true. I want that. I love Carriker's sensibility and method anyway. This looks like something I'd love to incorporate into my sketchbook project.

And this is all about me, after all.

Jo Murray said...

You must have ESP Seth. I just bought some liquid graphite with no idea of what I intended to use it for. There are several unopened mediums that I've collected on sale over time.... must Take A Chance. Congrats on your sales.

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Wood icing sounds great, must look into that one. Wonderful piece, glad it sold in a blink of an eye. xox Corrine

Emakesart said...

What a great and inspiring piece! I just pinned it on Pinterest. I have plenty of art materials that I need to take a chance with. Thanks for the inspiration! And congrats on your book! Can't wait to buy it!!

xoEsther

ceparie said...

Graphite is such a unique color of gray and nothing else leaves a sheen quite like it. I expect the liquid variety is a bit different. Love the surface you created and congrats on a quick sale. I love to shave graphite into a big pile, smear it evenly all over a good piece of drawing paper, then use my eraser to lift and model a drawing. It's a great exericise for thinking about negative spaces.

Diane said...

Thanks for sharing these two (new) products to me Seth....xo

nacherluver said...

I've heard of wood icing and was also drawn by the texture possibilities. Have not yet had the chance to play with it, but will someday. Love the piece! It looks like street art. Literally! Love it!

Dave said...

Okay....I need to get on that list to get stuff to try out!! What fun!!! Great pieces, by the way!! I can see why the one sold so quickly!!!

azirca said...

Fantastic textural artwork Seth.
I like the sound of wood icing, cool product name.

wanda miller said...

LOVE these works!

Karin Bartimole said...

Thanks for sharing your experiences with these products Seth! I'm quite intrigued by both of them, and your resulting artwork highlighting them makes me even more interested!

layers said...

I have never heard of either of these.. wow.. they both sound interesting to try and I am determined to find them at the art store.. and good advice to TAKE A CHANCE!

jaeartworks said...

That's cool! I have heard of wood icing, but not liquid pencil.

Amanda Pinkston said...

So cool! I ADORE your work!