Video: Acrylic Mixed Media Portrait – Chrysalis

Mixed Media Acrylic Portrait Painting - Chrysalis

Good day wonderful people! 🙂  I had a bit of a break due to the studio organization and a family visit, but I am back today with a new mixed media art process video.  A new girl has joined my portfolio! Her name is Chrysalis (thanks to a random dictionary page that showed up in the collage) and she was created mostly with watercolor Spectrum Aquablend pencils and acrylics – both Golden fluid and basic Americana craft paints.

Mixed Media Acrylic Portrait Painting - Chrysalis

You can watch the time lapse creation video below:

I wanted to try my hand at several painterly layers, and I had the idea of piling layers and designs into a girl’s hair flowing upward, and so she was born.  I try to pay attention to color theory when selecting my palette, and this time I went with a primary triad of turquoise, magenta and yellow.  These colors can make some beautiful mixes, as you can see in the spots of greens and purples on the painting, but for the most part I tried to keep the colors shining on their own.

Mixed Media Acrylic Portrait Painting - Chrysalis

I learned a few things during this process and other lessons were reinforced:
  • There is always an ugly stage (or five) where you will want to give up or you will wonder “Oh no, what did I do?!” but you need to trust the process and keep moving forward.  It won’t start to come together until you add more layers and details!
  • It is okay to dive in with the paintbrush even if you don’t know where you are going with it.  If you take too much time to plan it out, you may never go anywhere and you may be disappointed when the paper does not match the image in your head.  Have fun with your mark making and later you can bring it all together.
  • You have to be willing to give up previous layers to get to a better place.   There are going to be moments when you are afraid of “messing up” or losing a layer/design that you particularly like.  If you are still in an early stage of the painting, you may need to let it go so the whole piece can grow and deepen.  Remember, it is just paint, and you can bring something back later if you want!
  • Fine tip applicators take practice 😀
  • Golden fluids take a long time to dry when applied thickly or sprayed with water, so keep a few other in-progress pieces handy to work on in the meantime.

Mixed Media Acrylic Portrait Painting - Chrysalis

Supplies used:

Mixed Media Acrylic Portrait Painting - Chrysalis

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Video: Watercolor & Acrylic Painting – Purple Winged Girl (With Modeling Paste)

Watercolor Acrylic Mixed Media Painting - Purple Girl

Greetings friends!  Today I have a new mixed media art process video as promised.  A new girl has come to life with the help of oodles of different paints, pencils and markers.  She proved to be a lesson in perseverance and patience (I supposed most art is, at least when you are still new!)   Some techniques worked as expected, and others, like the butterfly in her hair, did not even after several attempts.  I learned that this just forces you to look at the art and your problem from a different angle, opening your eyes to new ideas.

Of course, there is always the old fallback:  if you don’t like it or it is not working… cover it up! 🙂  Don’t be afraid to push a little out of your comfort zone to try new materials, techniques, colors, or subject matter.   The process will teach you lessons you can take to your next piece of art, and the only way to get there is to keep experimenting!

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This was my first play with Spectrum AquaBlend watercolor pencils!  I don’t have much luck with fully dissolving watercolor pencil lines, so I took a wet brush to the tips of several skin tones to shade in her face.  As usual, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens (what a mouthful!) were used for her hair and eyes, and Prismacolor colored pencils and Posca pens filled in details.

Watercolor Acrylic Mixed Media Painting - Purple Girl

Modeling/texture paste by Liquitex added some interest to the background with the help of a stencil.  Daniel Smith watercolors and Golden fluid acrylics were painted in vibrant purples and blues.  Doodles are a fun way to add more detail to backgrounds.

Watercolor Acrylic Mixed Media Painting - Purple Girl

I tried repeatedly to paint the butterfly in her hair, but, ack!  No luck!  So I dug into my papercrafting stash and found some die-cuts of flowers and butterflies.  These saved the day!  I added more paint and markers to make them my own, and the piece was complete.  Yay!

Watercolor Acrylic Mixed Media Painting - Purple Girl

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Watercolor Acrylic Mixed Media Painting - Purple Girl

Whew!  I told you everything went into this art piece! 🙂   I hope this post and video have inspired you.  Special thank you to Tamara Laporte at willowing.org for her teachings and inspiration.  Please remember to subscribe here and over at my YouTube channel to check out future art and process videos.

Thank you everyone!  I’ll catch you soon!


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Quick Watercolor Flowers

Quick Watercolor Floral Paintings

Hi friends!  It’s FRIDAY!  Yippeee!  I hope you had a great week and are pumped up for an exciting and crafty weekend!

Work on organizing the studio continues and I am polishing up a new girl portrait and process video, but not quite done with either yet – so I will post up the finished painting from a quick Life Book 2016 lesson from a few weeks ago, taught by artist Martha Lever.

Quick Watercolor Floral Paintings

These are small 2-3 inch potted flowers in loose watercolor on a 5 x 7 cold press watercolor card.  I used Daniel Smith watercolors – some standard colors mixed with their Primatek line, which are gorgeous mineral colors- many with a strong granulation that (more…)

Acrylic Painting: Flowers On Blue

Floral Acrylic Painting

Good afternoon friends!  We have made it to the weekend, yay! 🙂  Today I have this quick 11 x 14 acrylic painting on canvas – a simple, semi-abstract floral design on an aqua blue background.

The background was coated with Faber-Castell gelatos and DecoArt Media fluid acrylic paint in various shades of blue with water sprayed to form drips running down the canvas.  A baby wipe helped lift out some paint in areas to bring back sections of light.

Floral Acrylic Painting

Once dry, flowers were painted using (more…)

Acrylic Portrait Painting: Fearless Art & Expression

Fearless Art Portrait Acrylic Painting

Hello everyone!  I hope you are having a fantastic week!  Today I am sharing an acrylic painting that was inspired by Annie Hamman’s Fearless Expression lesson in Life Book 2016.  This was an exercise in just diving in, playing and having fun, experimenting with new colors and strokes and not being concerned about the end result.  To not be so precious with the painting.  If you have a child – switch out with them, let them take over for a bit and don’t be afraid of them “messing up” your work!

If you don’t have children, like me, then switch out with your inner child!  Go at the painting with the intention of just “seeing what happens” if you throw paint there, or try out that crazy color…

I have to tell you – when you let go of that worry and that need to be precise and churn out a masterpiece, WOW!  It is liberating, and FUN!

Fearless Art Portrait Acrylic Painting

I did sketch this girl out beforehand, but she formed her own personality as the paint was applied.  Artist’s Loft and Liquitex acrylic paint were used to add layer over layer.  I am still new to acrylics, so this was a small challenge for me, but going into it without fear was a big help!  I stopped when I started to get too fussy, and returned later when I loosened up again.  Posca paint pens in white and black finished up the details.

I dig her bold fiery hair.  🙂

Fearless Art Portrait Acrylic Painting

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Fearless Art Portrait Acrylic Painting

This was a fantastic lesson in the journey of letting go, and I will certainly be doing it again!  Experimenting with techniques and colors we wouldn’t have tried otherwise is also a great teacher.  How many opportunities do we miss because we are too afraid to try?

Thank you for stopping by today.  Go and grab some paints and paper or canvas and just dive right in and see where it takes you!   I’ll see you all soon!


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