Cold wax and oil paint is applied to a 36x36in Baltic Birch Panel with an acrylic underpainting.
After white paint (mixed with cold wax) is applied carefully over the newsprint masking, I use a pair of tweezers to carefully remove the masks, revealing what is underneath.
I mix subtle glazes using very little paint and a lot of cold wax; this is applied with rubber ceramic tools.
Newsprint is torn and cut into shapes and secured with a dab of cold wax to the surface. A gentle touch is needed to paint over the paper to make sure it doesn’t move out of place.
This is how the painting looked after all the newsprint was removed. I layered more masks over these early shapes to further reduce or modify them.
I continued to use newsprint to mask smaller shapes as the painting developed.
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