Loosen Up and Play II: Using Aluminum Foil to Create an Abstract Painting | Jackie Quigley | Skillshare

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Loosen Up and Play II: Using Aluminum Foil to Create an Abstract Painting

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Welcome!

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Foil Preparation

    • 4. Drawing on Foil

    • 5. Adding Color

    • 6. Finishing Touches

    • 7. Project Gallery

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About This Class

This class will provide you with step-by-step direction to create your own unique abstract painting using aluminum foil as a tool. Amateur and professional artists alike will experience a way to loosen up and create an eye-catching piece of artwork. This class will guide you through the process of using aluminum foil to create a watercolor or acrylic painting.Ā Artist Jackie Jean will introduce you to this technique and hope that you will contribute to the project gallery!

Meet Your Teacher

Jackie Jean is an artist, mommy, wife, and teacher. She lives with her husband, two boys, and baby girl in Pennsylvania. She enjoys coffee in the morning and eating chocolate any time of the day. Jackie is inspired by botanical illustration and patterns found in nature. Besides creating abstract paintings, she loves surface pattern design and developing illustrations for various clients and commissions.

Jackie Jean attended Columbus College of Art and Design and majored in Fine Arts. She graduated from Edinboro University with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education and a minor in Painting. Jackie currently teaches art to about 600 kiddos in grades K - 5. When she isn't teaching, she's playing with her kids, cooking, out in the garden, or in her studio. 

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1. Welcome!: loosen up. Play to using aluminum foil to create an abstract painting. Hi, everyone. My name is Jackie and I'm an artist, illustrator, designer and art teacher. Thanks for joining this class. During this time together, I'm going to show you how to use basic aluminum foil to create an abstract painting. If you've already taken my other class and you're looking for another experimental approach to painting, this is the class for you using aluminum foil as a tool for this painting technique. I'm going to show you how to create an interesting composition and a look that reminds me of a linoleum block print. Join me in my next video as I go over the materials I used to create this type of painting . 2. Materials: Before we start this project, let me show you what materials you'll need to complete the project for this class. You have several options when it comes to materials for my project. Example, I'm going to be using canvas and acrylic panes, but I've also used a heavyweight watercolor paper or illustration board and watercolor paints using this technique as well. Just as the class title suggests, we will be using aluminum foil for this project. Make sure the aluminum foil being used is heavy duty. Don't use the cheap stuff for this project. Trust me, save yourself the frustration. You will also need a thick, older brush like this one. This is a two inch brush I've actually used to paint my walls. You can see it's pretty worn, and it's going to be ideal for applying the acrylic paint toe Are aluminum foil because it has a lot of texture and stiff bristles. You will also need a variety of other brushes. Choose your favorite brushes that you typically use for your acrylic or watercolor paintings. Grab a variety of sizes and make sure they are appropriate for the type of paint you choose to work with. If you are working on illustration, board or watercolor paper, you can use your favorite watercolor paints. If you are working on canvas, you'll be working with acrylics. You also need a palette in a water cup. For the very first step, I would suggest to use a heavy body acrylic paint, even if you plan on using watercolor paper or illustration board. This first up requires heavy body acrylic paint. I'm going to be using black for my project, but you could really use any color you want. In the next video, I will be showing you how to prepare your aluminum foil with the acrylic paint. 3. Foil Preparation: in this video, I will show you how to prepare your soil for this step. Grab your painting surface. I'm going to be using this canvas. Take your heavy duty aluminum foil and you are going to roughly measure out your painting surface. It's okay to measure out a little larger. I'm also tearing off a little piece to use as a palette for my black acrylic paint. Squeeze out a small amount. You can always grab more if you need it. Now we're going to use our old textured brush. When I'm applying the black paint, I'm intentionally applying it to create long vertical strokes. The's brush strokes will be noticeable in the final project. If you want a linoleum block print, look, make sure you apply your paint in this way. My pain application is pretty thick, but I can definitely see the brushstrokes from my brush. This is important. Keep applying the black pain until you have covered almost the entire surface Theme. Join me in my next video to see when you're boil is ready to be used 4. Drawing on Foil: No, it's time to draw on our soil. Once you're done painting your foil, you're going to want to let it dry until it's tacky. I usually test the edge with my finger. Sometimes the edges even dry to the touch before use it for the next step. This foil has been sitting for about 15 minutes, but definitely keep an eye on yours. If you're pain application was a little thinner or thicker. When you are ready, you're going to carefully pick up your foil and drape it over your painting surface without patting down the foil or adjusting at once it touches your canvasser paper. Next, you're going to grab a variety of brushes for this step. We're actually using the opposite end of the brushes as a drawing tool. A doll pencil might also work for this step. Just be careful. You don't pierce the foil before you begin. You can gently feel for the edge of your canvasser paper, so you have a good starting point. When you are ready to draw on the foil, you can have a plan or be completely spontaneous. You can experiment with different shapes and lines, but try not to create super tiny details. I leave to draw spontaneously, and my go to shape is usually a circle, so I will use a variety of circle shapes and sizes to fill up my drawing area. Overlapping the shapes will create an interesting composition and allow you to create individual areas of color in the next step. If you know it will be challenging for you to work spontaneously, mock up a few compositions on scrap paper first before committing to your foil. When you were happy with your final composition and you're done adding everything you want , it's time to reveal your drawing very carefully and slowly lift your foil from one of the edges and check out your transferred foil drawing. You're going to want to let this paint layer dry completely before moving on to the next step. We'll see you in the next video when we get to add 5. Adding Color: adding color way before we jump into adding color. I wanted to offer a couple quick tips. If this part is intimidating for you first, you can always choose your go to pallets. My go to palette usually has some greens blues neutrals on a pop of yellow or purple. Don't shy away from your favorites if this will make you happy. If you want to try something different for this project, I would suggest limiting the number of color to use or using certain colors, plus tints and shades of those colors, so that overall painting doesn't look overwhelming. If you're still stuck, try picking colors to match a room in your house or a favorite photograph. Lastly, if you want a quick inspiration, I highly recommend jumping on coolers. Thought CEO thistles, A free colors team generator. And it's very addictive. So as you can see, I'm also it up with my palette brushes, water cup and my chosen paint palette. I've started with a light wash of color just to kind of map out where I want to put things generally. There are no rules for this part. I like to work with water down washes of color so that I don't lose the initial drawing Part of the painting, adding color works beautifully with watercolor. But if you're working with acrylic, just be careful. You don't start to cover up that boil line drawing in some areas. I might intentionally make the color opaque, but typically I'll leave it transparent. Let your intuition takeover. While you're adding color, don't think too hard. Create a harmonious composition by balancing out the colors throughout your painting. Most importantly, loosen up in play. So at this point I have about 30 minutes of painting in on my canvas, and I've stopped and started again to let areas dry. You couldn't see. I have most of the canvas mapped out with specific colors, and I have decided to make some areas more opaque than others. I'm going to super fast forward through this area and I'll meet you in the next video for some finishing touches. 6. Finishing Touches: welcome back for the finishing touches. At this point, I'm done adding color because I was working with acrylic on this painting. There were some areas where my original foil drawing got lost because of the opacity of the acrylic paint. If you were working with watercolor, you probably didn't run into this problem. But I am going to carefully repaint some of my original drawing with black acrylic paint. This is completely a personal preference, and I would like to see the bold line show up on my final night Start work. Watch me out of these finishing touches. 7. Project Gallery: You watched me paint. Now it's your turn. Thanks for taking this class. I hope you had fun using aluminum foil as a tool for painting. I would love to see your experimental artwork in the project gallery. Please feel free to leave questions in Commons. And I would be happy to get back to you. Thank you.