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!
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.
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.
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 Pencils (I used Spectrum AquaBlend. These are a little hard to find – I purchased mine from Hallmark Scrapbook)
- Golden Fluid Acrylic Set
- Daniel Smith Watercolor Primatek Set and Daniel Smith Watercolor Essentials Set
- Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen (Watercolor brush markers)
- Caran d'Ache Classic Neocolor II Water-Soluble Pastels
- Liquitex Professional Light Modeling Paste Medium
- Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen
- Posca Paint Pens (White & Black)
- Faber-Castell Pitt Pens
- Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencil
- Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils
- Liquitex Professional White Gesso
- Liquitex Professional Matte Medium
- Graphite Pencils
- Fabriano 11 x 14 Hot Press Watercolor Paper
- Paper Die-Cuts
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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