Mini Flower of Life Pieces
Hello: I am happy to begin showing how I make my artwork. I shall answer why later, but how must come first. Today I will tell you about how I made these small pieces that are based on the flower of life: These pieces that are only 3" x 3" were started by striking a straight line on a piece of paper. Next I drew circles on the line that intersect each others centers. Doing this made the vesica piscis pattern occur repetitively on the line. Also, I took care to make sure these circles are the same size as the flower of life patterns I want. I then drew five flower of life patterns in pencil. Each smaller circle is one third the diameter of the larger circles that were originally used. After that I traced the outline of the painting panels onto each flower for reference. I finished my ideas in pencil and then used ink to darken some parts. I wanted the pencil in certain parts for a subtle effect so I didn't erase it. In the meantime I masked the edges of the painting panels (above) and applied acrylic gesso, a primer that protects the artwork from the acid in the wood and helps adhesion. For color I used red and blue watercolor paints to infuse different feelings into each piece. The lightest parts have less paint and more paper showing through.
This one is still wet: Here are all five pieces with color:
Next I used acrylic matte medium as glue to mount the paper to wood panels. Acrylic matte medium acts as the binder in acrylic paint but has no pigment. It will adhere well, and be of artist quality. I put the matte medium onto the panel's surface and made sure to get extra on the edges and corners. With the piece upside-down I stuck the panel to it, flipped it over and used a roller to remove any bubbles. I put each piece face down on a flat surface and stacked books on top to ensure a good stick. After the pieces dried overnight it was time to trim the paper closer to the wood with a razor blade. Finally I sanded the paper flush to the wood with fine sandpaper.
Here is the result: Now that the paper is mounted securely on the wooden panels, I wanted a finished glass sheen on my artwork. This was achieved through the use of epoxy resin. First I sprayed a layer of UV protecting varnish to seal the paper. This preps it for the resin coating. I leveled my table and set the first two pieces on sockets to keep them elevated. Next I mixed my resin and poured it onto the pieces, spreading it around and covering the sides. A pocket torch is used to pop the bubbles on the surface.
First two: The other three just poured: Here they are finished and shiny! More images of the final pieces: Thank you for taking a look at my art! Get my free coloring book download HERE. Thank you, and have a great day! - Ansel Bickerton