Tar Gel and Pouring Medium

I was experimenting with Golden’s Tar Gel and it’s usability with Liquitex Pouring Medium. The piece below, is called “Forest of the Fireflies”:
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The clear stringy texture in the background is made with the tar gel. The gold strings are made with gold paint added to the tar gel. I really like the look and feel of the “string gel”; string gel is another name for Tar Gel because of its stringiness or technically called, rheology. You can get neat effects when you take a palette knife and let the gel fall or drip onto the substrate.

I found that the tar gel works well enough with the pouring medium. In this piece, pouring medium covers the whole piece. However, there are a few things I don’t like about the tar gel. One is the how easily it tends to get air bubbles when you mix in the pigment or paint. You have to do it very slowly, I suppose you can pre-mix it and let it sit for a day but I’m impatient. Another thing that I don’t like is that it’s really difficult to handle for instance, putting it in small squirt bottles which I like to do. It’s not much of a problem if you put it in larger jars but there tends to be a lot of waste and spillage etc..think of it as handling liquid honey. Finally, I really don’t like its tackiness, it takes a while to fully cure.

I’m glad I got to find out how the tar gel behaves with the pouring medium. I’ll file the data in my head and remember it’s qualities for future use. Meanwhile, I’m happy that this image of fireflies that was lodged in my brain, for quite a while, came out.

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Slice emsemble

Hello everybody, I was saying in my last post of how I wanted to frame my branch slices in a shadow box. Below is a grouping that I assembled on black background:
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I really like the way this looks. So I’m decided that I will frame these in a shadow box with a black mat background. It’s good to be able to put things together temporarily to envision what it will look like.

By the way I hope you’re having a great Labour Day weekend!

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More slices

As you know I’ve been using pouring medium on branch slices that remind me of geodes. Here are a few more. I hope you like them:
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I’ve also been meaning to group them together for display in a shadow box. I will post it when I finally get around to it.

It’s September and already feels like fall here. I hope everything settles easily into your routine and you’ll enjoy autumn that’s just around the corner.

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