Mind you.. this was an extreme test on the Pastelbord, I doubt any of you will encounter what I did. But, it's good to know!
I started this piece as a Pastelbord experiment, the first time I had used it. I always test new supports to see how far I can push them, before deciding if I want to use them or not. This piece I put away, worked a bit on, put away again...
So, way back before I started "The Boys of Summer" This was on my easel.
White pastelbord 11x14.
I used NeocolorII as an under painting, "set" into the tooth of the pastelbord with water.
November 11, 2007..wow I have piddled with this thing a long time lol.
After the neocolor I started in with my prisma's, adjusting skin tones etc. I laid in all her hair too.
With the skin tones layed in... I then put the pastelbord on my electric griddle to see how the direct heat effected the bord and the pencils. I blended the skin tones but found the heat effects vary at different temperatures.
This next image is dated Feb, 2009 lol. Somewhere in 2008, I took this piece back out, put it on my easel and hated it. It was an experimental piece anyway, I recall being in a really bad mood, so I took my dark umber pencil and I vented all over it. lol. ALOT. I scribbled all over it.. everywhere.. to which there are no digis lol. I felt better though lol. Then I put it in a drawer for awhile..
Then in Feb last year, I took it back out, and thought "eh, what the heck" ... sooo I poured gamsol over it and took an old toothbrush to it. When the cp layers were dissolved, I wiped it up and off with a rag. What I was left with was a lovely warm patina, with no white any longer, my original outline still in place. After letting it dry over night, I decided to play with it some more. Taking a different approach this time, looser and more energetic. But what the heck.. it's just a test piece....right?
Again, I set it aside for a month..
March 14, 2009 I decided to go ahead and get serious about playing with it, so on the easel again she went....I'm still keeping those wonky cross hatching strokes I had, just more and more of them. layers and layers and layers..
You might notice the dark strokes that "appear" to be hair on the left side of her neckline here, and along her collar.. they aren't lol. Those are the leftover shadows of my temper tantrum and the umber pencil lol. However, later they become hair strands.. happy accidents! lol
and again.. I put it away lol.
April 1st was a nice warm toasty day with a lovely light breeze.. so I took it outside to warm in the sun... solar blending! And it worked beautifully.
after blending in the sun, I spent a few days working on my layers solar style.
This is where it was at on April 10th.
As I fiddled with it, this is where I almost called it finished on May 5, 2009. I should have.
But the texture of her eye on the right was bothering me...
and no.. I didn't leave well enough alone!
As I attempted to blend her eye as I wanted to do, the surface of the pastelbord flaked off with the tip of my prismacolor.. leaving a slick white surface that refused to take any pencil at all!
So, this is where she is Today, Jan 1, 2010 lol. and me, about to figure a way to repair it.
Eh, it's a test piece right? What do I have to lose?
I hope each and every one of you has a wonderfully inspired, productive 2010!!!