I know I just wrote this, but I forgot to mention that apparently the Contrast Colours “don’t play well with water” – even though you clean up with water. They make a Contrast Medium that you can add to dilute the intensity of the colors. I tried a little as a top coat and I *think* it made the clay a little sticky. It may be like their other matte medium works on clay, but their gloss (Ardcoat) stays sticky.. More tests! Where is Ginger????
Sooo, I was SUPPOSED to do the work for this blog post yesterday, but right in the middle of my testing setups, I got the call from my Locals to go eat street tacos and drink beers. Yah, so THAT won…I did manage to take one photo before I left and I finished the rest of my experiments this morning.
First lesson – WEAR GLOVES! I did this yesterday without gloves and I had lovely brown, yellow and dark blue finger tips (including my large bandage on my thumb – hedgetrimmer got me).
These are the colors that I used for my test pieces. The names are pronounceable, but still rather colorful. Left to right: Snakebite Leather, Terradon Turquoise, Hazdreg Yellow, Basilicanom Grey
The Contrast Colours are designed to be painted onto the base coated plastic or metal tabletop model and allow the colors to flow to create shading. My son, my painting expert, tells me that they are heavy pigment glaze. Yes, it WILL find every crack and crevice, but I found that by painting it onto the textured surface, letting it set a moment (dependent on ambient temp/humidity in your workplace), then wiping the top surface with my GLOVED finger really helps. Note that I have a baby wipe in my hand to wipe the glove on.
First rounds were with the Snakebite Leather on Premo Accents Grey Granite, Souffle White and Premo Accents Gold
Next was the Hazdreg Yellow on Premo Accents Grey Granite, Souffle White and Premo Accents Gold
My current Favorite: Terradon Turquoise
I only did a couple with the Basilicanom Grey because it’s so BASIC
Then I did some pieces with Pan Pastel, Pearl Ex and Gold Lumiere with the Snakebite Leather because I had noted on another piece that the Contrast had “grabbed” the powders. Top left – Just Premo Accents Copper, Top right: Spring Green Pearl Ex, Bottom Left: Gold Lumiere and bottom right: Dark Green Pan Pastel. The Contrast did lift some of the Pan Pastel when I rubbed it with my glove, but in a SUPER COOL way (look at the large leaf). The texture here is from the new Sculpey Nature texture sheets.
Okay, here are the pieces I did yesterday with the Souffle Mandarin and Basilicanom Grey (texture is from one of the new Sculpey Geometric Texture sheets._
And for those of you who want to know what my “studio setup” is for my photographs. It is a white poster board on my work chair and I pull my work light over. It’s all about EXPOSURE. I adjust my exposure on my CAMERA PHONE to compensate for the white background.