This painting was created based on an assignment in one of my painting classes. “Get creative, make something abstract, use new materials.”
So I brought a hot glue gun into class. I also wanted to see what would happen if I tried putting it on a canvas. I wanted to see how it would react being mixed with paint (at this time I only used acrylic paint).
It worked way better than I thought it would. The paint and glue were able to mix a little, and since they dried in similar times it didn’t make anything look weird (I’m fairly certain that oil paint would not fare so well with hot glue).
I had fun with it- making streaks with the glue over something I already painted, painting over glue, and spreading the glue with a pallet knife to make it less of a line. I stretched small sections of the glue and make curly lines and mixed the glue with paint to create depth.
I had planned on the three canvases going together, but as I worked I didn’t really concentrate on the overall layout. Thankfully, there was a natural flow between the three paintings I’d created. And there even seemed to be a little moon in one section. I titled this trifecta Setting Sky because the sky fades away as you move through the canvases.
At that time I worked on another painting with hot glue and glitter, but since then I haven’t gotten back to it. I work mostly in oil paint now, so I don’t know if I’d even be able to make it work.
My teacher gave us the assignment to have fun with painting, and I definitely did that. Since then, painting has been a fun and calming process for me. What’s calming for you?