Below are two very short video demonstrations of the petit lac method and application of paint while using an easel.
The icon featured is one that I have been working on this December. To dress things up a bit, I've added music from YouTube's limited selection of generic genres. Given that reality, enjoy the choices made. The real trick was demonstrating with one hand and holding my camera in the other.
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Icon paint application using Petit Lac Method. YouTube Caption: “PETIT LAC” means small lake in French. In reference to painting, this is where a generous and balanced amount of paint is applied to a surface (as demonstrated here) and then allowed to dry rather than being spread out.
1. egg tempera paint for this demo 2. paint consistency is thin, transparent 3. use light, even,consistent strokes for best results 4. after you have applied the paint DO NOT go back over or into the wet paint surface- ever 5. the petite lac needs to dry completely before you can continue 7. practice to develop a steady painting hand- here I am holding a brush with one hand the camera with the other 8. this all takes time; be patient
Icon paint application using a standing easel. YouTube Caption: 1. egg tempera paint for this demo 2. consistency- paint should not drip down or be too pasty 3. use light, quick, precise "tango-like" strokes 4. blend and even out all of strokes (before they are tacky) to achieve a flat, uniform appearance 5. slowly build up paint layers in all areas of the icon 6. layers need to be dry or set before applying additional coats or you will lift off the previous paint layers 7. practice to develop a steady painting hand- here I am holding a brush with one hand the camera with the other 8. this all takes time; be patient
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