A fun way to establish an outline image on which to build further layers is by manipulating paint with spray starch.
Take a look of the stages of my Finished painting “Summer Shimmer”:
Here are the stages:
The canvas was sprayed lightly with spray starch and a variety of paint and pigment was applied (liquid acrylics, air brush colour, acrylic inks and Brusho granules. This was then sprayed with another layer of starch.
A sheet of polythene was placed over the canvas and left to dry.
When the polythene was removed, although the colours had faded slightly, the process left a beautiful underpainting with lots of different textures (caused by the reaction of the starch with the different paint mediums) on which to build a painting.
Collage elements where added to the piece and more paint was added to reveal the flower heads.
More adjustments were carried out on the vase and the background to produce the finished work.