Claybord and Golden High Flow Acrylics
Amy Shawley Paquette demonstrates her "painterly illustrative" style using Claybord and Golden® High Flow acrylics. She is a Virginia-based visual artist whose paintings and illustrations are inspired by nature, texture, color, and travel. Her work incorporates figurative elements with wildlife, architecture, and landscapes that are influenced by her adventures.
- Ampersand Claybord (any size)
- Golden High Flow Acrylic (This project uses Green Gold and Indigo, but you can use any color)
- Synthetic paintbrushes (Assorted Shapes and Sizes)
- 2H or 3H graphite pencil
- Fine nib refillable marker
- Ampersand Scratch Knife, etching tool, or X-ACTO® Knife
- Cotton swabs
- Paper towels
Make a drawing in graphite pencil on the Claybord surface.
Prepare your color palette. You can use any colors for this technique; however, this project shows Golden High Flow Acrylic in Green Gold and Indigo. Both look beautiful on their own, but they also mix to make a lovely set of greens.
From right to left, make six puddles of Green Gold starting with 6 drops. Then 5, 4, and work down to 1 drop. Then from left to right, make the same-sized puddles with the Indigo. Mix the Green Gold puddles on the top row with the Indigo underneath to achieve a range of greens.
Try thinning your High Flow colors with water in varying amounts to see how the colors shift as they are diluted. Green Gold starts to look more yellow and the darker greens and Indigo will reveal rich undertones.
Tip: Make larger amounts of your color recipes in a well palette before you start painting!
Next, is adding color to the drawing. Begin by wash layers of lighter greens, then increase saturation with darker greens and the Indigo.
As you layer your washes, use a paper towel to lightly buff color around the Claybord surface. This helps work out any streaks.
The smooth surface of Claybord allows a little more time to lift the High Flow. Use a paintbrush saturated with water to subtract areas of color.
Fill a refillable marker with High Flow Indigo. Add more illustrative marks over your painted illustration. As you draw with the refillable marker, keep a few damp cotton swabs on hand to use as tools to smudge the lines. Tips: The cotton swabs can be dampened with water or a slow-drying acrylic medium. The cotton swabs can also be used like erasers to remove the paint.
Put the finishing touches on your image with an etching tool. Carve fine lines into the Claybord surface.
Once you have etched the Claybord surface, buff with paper towels. It will fill in the grooves and look like faint pencil lines.
In 2008, after earning an Art History degree, developing her love of paint, and exhibiting her work in New York and LA, Amy Shawley Paquette was selected and trained by Golden Artist Colors for their Working Artist Program. Amy teaches art workshops locally and nationally and published her first book in 2015. Visit her website for more info: amyshawleypaquette.com and warrenferrypress.com to check out her books!