The making of a large triptych

September 10, 2017 8 Comments

The making of a large triptych

This was my maiden venture into making a large triptych. It was also the first time I attempted warm colors together. I have always had a preference for blues and reds, so I was really nervous, but I figured life’s too short to not take (measured) risks ;)

I first sanded and gessoed the three wood panels, one measuring 15x15 inches and the other two 15x9 inches. I let the two coats of gesso dry overnight. The next day, I labored over which colors to use and when I finally decided on the shades I wanted, I spent a half day mixing them. My "pouring medium recipe" included a dash of floetrol, cold filtered water and glossy ModPodge.

Color mixing 

The colors I used:
Peridot glitter (Martha Stewart)
Metallic orange flash (FolkArt) + Jack-o-lantern matte (Apple Barrel)
Aqua flash (FolkArt)
Titanium White (Liquitex)
Light yellow (Apple Barrel)
Cadmium orange (Liquitex) + Cadmium yellow (Liquitex)
Raw umber (Artist's Loft)
Gold (Liquitex) + Kings gold (Apple Barrel) + Metallic radiant gold (FolkArt)

Watch the video for what transpired next:

The paintings will take two weeks to cure before I can varnish them and get them ready to hang. 

Hope you enjoyed learning more about what it took to make this triptych. I'd love to know what you think! Please also use the comments section, if you have any questions.





8 Responses

Angela Canterbury
Angela Canterbury

March 20, 2018

Thank you for sharing this wonderful video! Lovely, lovely outcome!

Monean E Harris
Monean E Harris

September 11, 2017

Love this! Thanks so much for sharing!

Bevie Sams
Bevie Sams

September 11, 2017

I love these so much…I haven’t tried doing the zig zag style, but will now that I’ve seen how awesome yours came out!!! Blessings

Nidhi
Nidhi

September 10, 2017

Beautiful art!! You rock Mansi!

Mansi
Mansi

September 10, 2017

Thank you, Jerry and Jan!

Connie, I used aqua flash and orange color shift along with three different kinds of gold and also the peridot glitter…I’m attributing some of those color choices to the shine. Also, I made the video when the light was just right :)

Gerry
Gerry

September 10, 2017

Wonderful. Thank you for showing your process, it’s a great inspiration.

Connie
Connie

September 10, 2017

Beautiful! How did you get the lovely shine only two days after pouring?

Jan
Jan

September 10, 2017

This is stunning. Love your colors. Thank you so much for sharing the video

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