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Chinese Toddler in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

Here is my latest project! It is on a flat 8×10 canvas. First, I drew her on with pencil. Then I used a variety of washi tape patterns to make her coat. I used a “cardinal red” acrylic for that and her red bow. Than I used some dark pink for the other bow.

I used a variety of colors for her skin. In the picture I have her hand is a little shadowed which I found extra challenging as her face is much lighter.

The biggest challenges were her hair and the background. I couldn’t get my tiniest brushes to cooperate with my paints for her hair. Her hair is thin and wispy but I still may try to go over it at another time and get it less blocked looking.

Finally, I wanted to use a complimentary color to bring out the pinks and reds. So I chose my Golden’s Phthalo Green (Yellow Shade) to paint the background and added a bouquet of pre-made cut flowers by gluing it to the canvas with Liquitex Matte Medium. Lastly, I went over the whole painting with the matte medium so the flowers and washi tape would stay adhered and give it a little bit of a glossy look.

This was a lot of fun and quite a challenge to complete with my nondominant hand! The washi tape was especially difficult to cut and place. But I really like the way it turned out.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Chinese Toddler Mixed Media-Part 2

 

Hello Friends,ย 

I put the washi tape on the little girl’s clothes. So in my next post she will be finished!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE.

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Chinese Toddler Sketch

 

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Yesterday I decided to start a mixed media piece on an 8×10 canvas. Several years ago I found some cute pictures of adorable Chinese children online. So I decided to try drawing this toddler girl.

Next I am going to add some washi tape for her clothes and use acrylics for her skin and hair. I am not sure what I’m going to do for the background yet.

We have had a big weather change here. We got some rain, and in surrounding areas it is snowing!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Abstracts in Mixed Media

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The other day I got some canvases of different sizes in the mail. So I decided to do three that could be separate or put together as one big abstract. This was mostly an experiment playing with shape and color.

Each canvas is 10″x20.” And doing them one at a time instead of doing one big 30″x20″ canvas made it easier to decide what I wanted to do.

I began the left and right panels by making the sweeping strokes with charcoal. Then I went over it with alcohol which sets it and spreads it. I let that dry, then went over it with matte medium.

Then I painted with black gesso to make the strokes darker. I mixed the back gesso with some white gesso to put some neutral color in.

Then I mixed some red and orange and used a sea sponge to make the big rounded marks. I used a different sponge to mix the pre-made orange and added some yellow to make the half circle marks.

I used a small metal palette knife and stirred up some teal and slung the dots on, then dipped the knife into the teal and pressed its shape a few times around the top and bottom corners.

For the middle panel, I just brushed on some red, then a few orange streaks in between the red, then used the tip of my brush to touch on what looks like a base for the streaks. Next I used the palette knife in the teal to sling some onto the top. Lastly, I used some yellow on a small round sponge attached to a stick to streak the yellow at the top going across each one to make a half circle.

This was crazy fun! However, I forgot to do it left-handed. Ha ha!! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Sea Turtle in Mixed Media

 

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It has been quite a while since I have posted anything. I did this little 4″x4″ sea turtle a few minutes ago. I already had the background painted on the canvas with acrylics. So I decided to put something on it.

I used charcoal and oil pastels for the turtle and waves. Then I used molding paste to add some texture and lift to the waves.

Our family has had a tough week. We had to put our 17-year-old dog, Brownie, to sleep on Tuesday afternoon. She just couldn’t get around anymore and kept losing weight. It was a tough decision, but it was for the best. We buried her in our backyard that evening. It was a sad night.

Lastly, we are expecting our power company to turn our power off again this afternoon, and we don’t know for how long. There are going to be high winds and high humidity, so they are cutting it to prevent fires. But we are prepared. And at least now we have water since the hatchery has a generator for the well.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

 

Gothic Ballerinas-Mixed Media #2

 

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It took me a couple of nights to figure out how to draw these ballerinas from one of the dances in Swan Lake. I watched the dance from a production of the ballet on Youtube. When I saw them posed in this way, I paused it and did a rough sketch of them. Then I worked out how to draw them the size I wanted for the 12″x12″ canvas.

After I finished the drawing, I turned it over and used charcoal to color over the outlines of the dancers. Then I put that side down on the white canvas and drew over the drawing with pencil so it would transfer the charcoal to the canvas. And once I outlined it darker on the canvas, I did the painting in acrylics mixed with gloss mefium so it would be somewhat transparent to let the washi tape show through. I had already prepared the canvas with it before.

I was going to paint it with the same colors as my first one, but I ended up painting over most of the teal blue background with purple, streaking it to look like curtains, but leaving the yellow for stage lighting. And after I painted the ballerinas white, I decided to leave the washi tape on the canvas unpainted for their dresses.

I wanted to use the quinacridone magenta again, too, which made a bright stage. Then below that I painted the purple mixture over the magenta and put gray spots down for the “heads” in the audience.

I really had a lot of fun with this one!!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

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 ofย  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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

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! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Butterfly in Acrylics

 

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I decided to brighten the yellow butterfly I posted before. I used the new brighter yellow I just bought to go over it. Then I decided to darken the background to help it stand out even more. And I made the dive-bombing dragonfly recede more onto some darker grass!

So what do you think?

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Sara J Evans

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