Sketchbook pages (7) – Experiment with plastic

A section of my investigation of glossy surfaces.

My learnings so far:

  • Oil: Adding oil or stand oil makes the surface shiny and glossy. Contrasting to turp miles only (matt effect) – click here.
  • Acrylic: Pure and water diluted paint gives a matt surface effect. Adding glossy medium or Clear Tag Gel provides a gloss similar of oil painting with oil – click here and click here.
  • Experimenting with painting on glossy surfaces: Using  plastic film (protection film) gives when glued with acrylic adhesive a crinkled surface effect. The overall surface gloss depends on the paint I use- click here and click here

New approach with painting on plastic protector (office staples) and glueing to paper with acrylic adhesive.

First experiments – think first that I keep the plastic protector and to paint in it additionally. than I figured out the I can peel-of the plastic and the acrylic paint stays glued on the paper with a super shiny glossy and smooth surface

  1. Partly peeled-off, the glass it a double folded plastic with blue acrylic between the two layers of plastic
  2. Peeling off in layered approach: first tomatoes glued only the circles but hard to peel off in shape. Second layer (blue) with cut out shape at the bottom to match the tomatoe shapes.
  3. Layering in sequence: background -> glass (Cut out) -> tomatoes (Cut out)


Complete painting on plastic protector, glued with acrylic adhesive, and peeled – voila:

  1. Before peeling off
  2. After peeling off with additional markings in arcylic on top

Now I have to think how I apply this effectively and successfully in my works.

  1 comment for “Sketchbook pages (7) – Experiment with plastic

  1. July 22, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Love your sketch book study with the red and blue.

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