An experiment in scraping technique – cuttlefish?

I can be a little heavy-handed when scrapping down a canvas so when I saw this short video from Marc Dalessio, a European based landscape painter and teacher, I wanted to try this subtle alternative. cuttlefish. the bone. found on beaches (not the ones I go to) or a pet store store near you.

The paint needs to be dry, but the soft effect was what I was hoping for. Success.

The video did not mention that pet store cuttle bones may be dyed in assorted, vivid colors. And at my local, all but one package were shades of magenta or teal. Perhaps I’m passing on the option of a happy, random accident, but I’m recommending keeping it natural.

http://www.marcdalessio.com/minute-painting-videos/

3 Responses to “An experiment in scraping technique – cuttlefish?”


  1. 1 armenti March 7, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    make sure you sand outside and use a respirator. also recommended is wet sanding with oil; wipe away dust with a clean cloth. paint has all kinds of heavy metals like cadmium that are really bad for your health.

  2. 2 armenti March 8, 2012 at 8:05 am

    your paintings look beautiful… are those new?

    • 3 carolsartblog March 8, 2012 at 10:04 am

      Thanks! While the corner of landscape in the upper left is from last fall, the other 2, daisies and a living room interior are from January and February. both 12×12 canvases. I had been thinking about interiors – but want to move to a different house to paint them, rather than my overly cluttered home.


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