Embellishing Intrigue

The first step in embellishing one of my Limited Original Giclees on canvas is to mix several washes. These are used to “glaze” areas of the giclee, enriching the color. On the left are washes of Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue. All of the wash mixtures use a tiny amount of oil paint and a lot of Liquin, making sure to combine them well so there are not any little bits of paint in the clear glaze.

The Raw Sienna wash is used to enhance the color of the adobe building. To see any of these pictures larger just click on the image.

The cobblestones have been glazed with the Burnt Sienna wash. Using Alkyd Oil Paints I repaint all of the gates, windows and doors. Alkyds are just like the regular oil paints I use but they dry much, much faster.

Now that all of the gates, windows and doors are finished I turn to the flowers. The unembellished giclees are a little bit blue when we get them from our printer. When the bright, warm colors of the flowers are added they really POP! Repainting the doors and flowers makes them look exactly the same as on my original paintings.

The sky is glazed with Ultramarine Blue. When that is dry I come back and highlight the fluffy clouds.

On the left you can see the unembellished giclee on canvas as we received it from our printer. The finished Limited Original is shown below. Limited Original is a term we coined. All are part of an edition but with so much repainting every piece is different or original.

Intrigue     Limited Original  #35/145     18″ x 24″

This piece is going to be stretched and framed in a traditional manner. The piece is signed with my regular signature in oil on the front so it looks like my original paintings. Then I put the title, edition number and personalize it to the collectors on the extra white canvas. This is done on the top edge. It looks upside down now but when the canvas is stretched on regular stretcher bars the information will be right side up on the back. Notice I’ve left enough room between the image and the written stuff to compensate for stretching over the bar. Thanks for visiting the studio today. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

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