Unlike paint, gel is a transparent medium. During Art Fusion, guests use gels in three primary colors, pre-mixed by MOCA educators combing two-parts gel medium, one-part paint powder, and three-parts water. At first, this creates a chunky, soupy liquid, but after more stirring, it transforms into a tacky substance that resembles a brightly colored hair gel.
Since Nathanson does not use paintbrushes, guests are invited to use other tools to apply the gels, such as sponges, paper towels, or event their fingers! (Don't worry, the gels wash off easily.) Brushes are not the best tools for the gels because they apply the colors unevenly, creating a work full of brushstrokes, unlike the smooth finish of Nathanson's works. As guests overlap thin layers of gel, they can explore how primary colors mix to form secondary colors.
This activity helps guests understand Nathanson's process and appreciate the luminous beauty of her paintings. Don't miss Art Fusion on August 3!