Saturday, April 8
Watercolor Society of Oregon presents:
Marbling to Masterpiece — Creating Patterns that Transform Paintings
9 – 10:30am, at the Eugene Hilton
As artists, we are forever in search of unique techniques to use in our creations. We strive to make art that stands out and gets noticed while staying true to what resonates with us. Many of us are attracted to detail and patterning in a painting. Repeating patterns is a powerful way to pull our eye from place to place inside the piece. We are also enchanted with ambiguity, and images we do not immediately understand hold more interest for us. Acrylic marbling can do both — add patterning and obscure imagery in our work. When used appropriately, marbling is a magical tool. Liz and Rene have found recognizable ways to use marbling in their work, while retaining their individual style. You won’t want to miss this demonstration of marbling and how to incorporate this technique into a finished painting.
With a dip in the marbled bath, an ordinary painting becomes extraordinary. But not every painting lends itself to this practice. Rene will talk about her process for designing marbled paintings, showing you what works and what doesn’t when marbling over paintings.
- MARBLING IN COLLAGE
Captivate your audience by adding pieces of semi-transparent marbled paper to a collage. Even a small amount of patterning can transform your art. See this happening step-by-step as Liz takes you through the layers of building her collage paintings.
- LAYERING PAINT AND PATTERN
Painting over marbling becomes evocative when you allow the imagery to blend with the pattern or fade and emerge from it. Working in transparent or opaque techniques, with watercolor, gouache or acrylic, layers can be built up to blend subject with patterning. See how Rene’s marbling over gold gesso becomes a background for botanicals with an Asian flair.
- HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?
Learn how Rene and Liz tone down their patterning to create the best effect.
- WATCH US!
Liz and Rene will set up to show you the marbling process on a small scale.
Learn how favorite patterns are made. Double dipping, or even triple, is a technique that Liz uses to create sophisticated patterns.
Liz Walker and Rene Eisenbart are both signature members of NWS who also teach marbling technique along with painting and collage.
See Liz’ article “The Power of Pattern” in Watercolor Artist Magazine August 2016 issue and read more about her process on her blog: www.LizWalkerArt.com/lizart-blog
Rene’s full-length instructional video, “Marbling Magic” tells you how she uses marbling in her work — now available for purchase: www.Rene-art.com