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.
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.
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.
- Golden Fluid Acrylic Paint
- Americana Craft Acrylic Paint
- Watercolor Pencils (I used Spectrum AquaBlend)
- Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (Watercolor brush markers)
- Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencil
- Fine Tip Precision Applicator Bottles
- Posca Paint Pens (White & Black)
- Faber Castel Big Brush Pitt Pens
- Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen
- Caran d'Ache Classic Neocolor II Water-Soluble Pastels
- Liquitex Professional Matte Medium
- Canson Watercolor Cold Press Paper 12 x 18
- Collage paper
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