Gothic Ballerinas in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

A few days ago I covered this 12″x16″ canvas with a few different patterns of washi tape in vertical, horizontal, and diagonal directions.

After thinking about it for a couple of days, I decided I wanted to paint a couple of goth ballerinas since I haven’t created any in a long time. Also, I have never done any in mixed media.

First I penciled my ballerinas onto the canvas where I wanted them.

Second, I painted the left side with Golden’s Quinacridone Magenta acrylics. And I painted the right side with Golden’s Hansa Yellow Light acrylics.

I left the diagonal line ofΒ  bird washi tape in the middle unpainted to divide the canvas and give it some character. Then I decided to combine these two paint colors which made an interesting burnt orange. So for fun I painted the bottom triangle area with this color.

Lastly, I decided to paint the head pieces and dresses with my Golden’s Teal acrylics. I really like the way the washi tape shows through the paints. And the best part is…I used my left hand to paint the big areas, but I did have to use my right hand to paint the details. So my arm and shoulder are not hurting now!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Frilled Lizard in Brush Pens

 

 

Hello Friends!Β 

Here is another drawing I did with my Arteza Brush Pens. It is a frilled lizard from Australia. I love its bright colors.

Today I will be taking a break from art to exercise. But for now I am sitting outside listening to all of the birds in the trees. It is a nice breezy morning here in northern California. I hope fall is around the corner!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Scarlet Ibis in Brush Pen

 

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Last night I decided to have a go with my Arteza Brush Pens again. I love the vibrancy of the colors, however, even though they are very easy on my arm, I am still trying to learn how to maneuver them! The bristles are very soft, softer than any of my paint brushes! So they still feel strange to me.

I have a lot of stuff to do today like dishes (we don’t have a dishwasher) and laundry. I also need to work out; using the rubberbands for my arm exercises seems to be helping some. And I am not doing a lot of art, so my pain is minimal which I am thankful for! My MRI is scheduled for October 1st and my follow-up appointment with the doctor is on the 3rd. So I don’t have too long of a wait.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Van Gogh Mixed Media Similarity

 

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Last week I received some Van Gogh washi tape in the mail. Each roll has a “slice” of a different Van Gogh painting printed on it. One is from “The Starry Night,” one is from “Cafe’ Terrace at Night,” and the other is from “Branches of Almond Tree in Bloom.”

So I decided to cover the washi tape with a coat of Absorbent Ground. Then I used a black Micro ink pen to draw some branches and blossoms sort of like his almond tree branches. I used my light green and light yellow Winsor & Newton watercolor markers to paint the branches and my whte ink pen to color the blossoms. Then I outlined them in black.

This little painting is on a 4″Γ—4″ black canvas. So it didn’t take long at all. I like the way it turned out.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Badger in Brush Pens

 

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I decided to use my brush pens to draw this badger since they are very light to hold and draw with. I barely have to press them on the paper. So they aren’t really hard on my arm. It was fun to do.

Have and wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Swan in Mixed Media

 

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Here is a piece I worked on a little here and there. I used my watercolor markers to color the background with my LEFT hand after putting a coat of Absorbent Ground on top of the Washi tape design I made.

Anyway, I saw my orthopedic surgeon the other day who agreed it is time to operate on my right rotator cuff. UGH! I am not looking forward to it, but it will probably be a few months from now. So in the meantime, I need to keep the muscles strong by exercising them gently and getting the rest of myself in better shape as well.

I hope everyone is having a nice long weekend. I won’t be creating as much art as I have been, but I can’t completely stop yet. Plus, I can always practice with my left hand!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Cobra in Mixed Media

 

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After a great deal of thinking about what I wanted to do on this Washi Tape-covered canvas, I decided to paint an animal I have never done before…the Cobra! I think snakes are beautiful creatures even though in the boonies where we live, I have had to kill a few rattlesnakes through the years. But that was when our dog was a puppy and our children were very young. I haven’t seen any in years, though, which I am thankful for!

So for this one, after I drew the snake in pencil, I used my pan watercolors, then used my Winsor & Newton Watercolour Markers to draw in the details and the grass in front. Then I used my pan watercolor of Phthalo Yellow Green to go over the background lightly enough for the Washi tape to show through. Lastly, I outlined the snake with a black pen.

This didn’t take too long to do, but I should probably ice my shoulder now. I didn’t do much of anything this week – just lots of icing and resting. I hope all of you had a great week.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Washi Tape Canvas

 

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This is a small 5×7 canvas I just put some new Washi tape on that I found online. It is from a Japanese company. I am not sure what I will put on it yet. So far there is just a coat of Liquitex Matte Medium on top to help it stick. I forgot to put the matte medium on the canvas beforeΒ putting on the tape, but I think it will still stck.

I have been having to rest my arm and shoulder this week so I have not been drawing or painting. And it is driving me crazy! Ha ha! I am going back to the orthopedic surgeon next week to see what is going on with my shoulder. I may insist on surgery this time as physical therapy seems to be a temporary fix. We’ll see!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

Sea Turtle in Mixed Media #2

 

Hello.Friends!

Here is my second sea turtle in mixed media. The layer of paint on this one came out better. I mixed it with more Liquitex Glazing Medium this time which helped the Washi tape show through better.

I am not sure what I will be doing next. My shoulder feels more sensitive these days. I have to work in shorter blocks of time so it doesn’t give me too many problems.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

 

Sea Turtle in Mixed Media #1

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I covered two more canvases with Washi tape and decided to paint a sea turtle on each one today. I will be posting the second one tomorrow.

Again, I accidentally painted over the whole canvas before I drew the sea turtle. So in this one I don’t have as much Washi tape showing through as much as I wanted it to be. But I am still learning how to do these silhouettes.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! πŸ˜€

 

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