Friday 5 July 2013

It's gone pear shaped!

The background on this wood box canvas has so many layers that I honestly cant remember in what order I applied colours, wiped back and sanded! And if I did recall I would have to right an essay on here to explain.
I do remember however applying gesso with a pallet knife first to give lots of texture.

Andy skinner mixed media painting decoart

Once the background was in place the pear shape was drawn roughly with a white pastel pencil and filled in with white crackle paste.
Once the crackle paste had cracked it was given a coat of Flitter glue and left to dry.
Mega flakes in Sheffield Steel were then applied over the pear.

The flakes sunk nicely into the cracks which is what I was hoping for.

A coat of Decoart Faux Finishing Medium was painted over the flitter to give it some tooth so that it would hold washes of paint.

I coloured the pear with washes of Decoart Traditions in the following order, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Quinacridone Gold and finally Quinacridone Burnt Orange.
Because these colours are so translucent the light is able to pass through them and bounce back from the silver leaf (sheffield Steel).   
Finally I spattered the pear with Burnt Umber.
When light or the sun hits the canvas the pear glows!

Here is a close-up of the background, as you can see lots going on.

Once the pair was dry I painted in the table, added shading and light then finally stamped and stenciled with Americana Titanium White.

These wood canvases are great to paint on, this one came from the US, if anyone knows where I can get them over here in the UK please let me know.

Thanks for reading,



  1. Wow Andy, that's one gorgeous pear my dear x

  2. Looks fab, good enough to eat. XXX

  3. Gorgeous canvas Andy. Love the textures and layers - you make it sound so easy!!

  4. Lovely colour, lovely textures and altogether fantastic. You must have done a great deal of studying of pairs to get such a great result!!!

  5. This is stunning. I love the sound of those box canvases as I really don't like the flexible ones so if you find out a source would you let us know? Pretty please :) As a recent first time buyer of the flakes I am excited to try using them in this way! Just beautiful.

  6. Who needs 3D glasses when you can produce this?
    Happy craftin

  7. ...I'm in love! how awesome is this, fabulous textures and a pear you just wanna take a creative bite from!...Mel:)xx

  8. Absolutely breathtaking - that glowing pear looks simply out of this world.
    Alison x

  9. More great stuff! Thanks Andy

  10. Nice pear........and in case anyone wants them we stock all of the paints, crackle and mediums Andy used here. I am hunting for frames for you Andy!

  11. Now that's what I call pear shaped! Just amazing! , Chrisx

  12. Fabulous Andy, such great textures and layers.
    Have a great weekend.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  13. AmAzing art work Andy...Hugs May x x x

  14. FABULOUS pear and canvas... How beautiful it is wooooooooooooow !!!!!!!!!! I'm really admiring of your technique and art. Coco x

  15. I found some wood box canvases on
    Love the pear! K.

  16. Fabulous Canvas Andy. Sent you a pm.


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