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Collage on Canvas

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I decided to paint black Gesso over an old canvas that I did a goofy abstract on back in 2015. Gesso is great for being able to cover a canvas for new use!

I started out using matte medium to glue on a whole bunch of tags from the Lipton teabags we use to make iced tea. But I found it was too tedious for this 8×10 canvas and I wouldn’t have had enough anyway. Then when I tried to glue down the shiny wrapping from the cardboard trays in the box, they wouldn’t stick. So what to do? Collage over them of course!

So I decided to use some of the papers I got at Michael’s with the mermaids, etc. and found a few select words in an art magazine. It was pretty relaxing, and I like it. I was thinking about painting something on it, but decided not to. So I hung it up instead.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

Alcohol Ink on Ceramic Tiles

 

 

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Yesterday, our daughter came to visit and have dinner with us. I was telling her about wanting to experiment with my alcohol inks on tile. But I didn’t have any ceramic tiles. Then she remembered that in the “junkyard” where she and her brother used to go find stuff when they were kids, she said there used to be little tile squares there. So we took a short ride and lo and behold…there they still were! They are only about 2″x2″ square, so we brought about 20 of them home for me to practice on.

I started out trying to do a simple sunburst with the oranges and yellows, but it morphed into a punk rocker instead!

With the purple one, I wasn’t trying to make anything in particular, but the blooms turned into an Iris!

All in all it was a fun process. I will probably try some more experimenting on the tiles, but mostly, I will use the alcohol inks in mixed media pieces.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

Fairies & Fauna Mixed Media

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This is my mixed media piece with the fairies. I am not sure how well you can see them, though. Also, the background is a little more green than I wanted it, but I think it helps the rose stand out.

The rose is from a photo I took in our yard years ago, so I decided to draw it onto this piece and then applied Golden’s Absorbent Ground. Absorbent Ground can be painted on top of other mediums which then allows me to paint over it with watercolors. I can also use it to apply whitewashes. I think I am in love with Absorbent Ground!

I think the next thing I am going to do is a watercolor of the goat I drew awhile back. So that should be fun. I need to work on something less involved for a bit.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

Poppies in Acrylics

 

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This painting was supposed to be my last mixed media flower painting. There is a collage underneath all the paint, but as I was trying to whitewash it before painting the flowers, it just didn’t look like I wanted it to. So it has a Paul Cezanne look to which isn’t a bad thing I guess.

The main thing I have learned from doing these mixed media pieces is not to use pieces for the collaging that are too dark. From now on, I am going to use much lighter colored papers!

Plus, for this painting, I didn’t draw this type of poppy very well either. I think I may try drawing and painting this type of poppy in watercolor next time.

In the meantime, I want to finish my fairies and fauna mixed media piece and then paint a goat I drew awhile back in watercolor. However, today I am going in for a massage!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

Fairies & Fauna Collage

 

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This is going to be one of my next mixed media pieces. I took the watercolors I did on rice paper and tore them in pieces for this collage. I applied them to my canvas with my Liquitex Matte Medium. Then the next day I applied a coat of Golden’s Absorbent Ground so I can paint on it in waterciolors. I am not sure what I want to paint yet, though.

I have also started on my last flower mixed media for now which will be red and pink poppies instead of Peonies. I may try those later.

I hope everyone is having a good week so far. The heat has finally hit us here. So I am very thankful that our air conditioning is working so well now!!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug. 😀

 

Sunflowers in Mixed Media

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Here are the sunflowers I painted on my mixed media canvas today. I had a lot of trouble getting the background done. I wasn’t sure what colors I wanted to do. But I am happy with how it turned out.

However, I decided to brighten the flowers more with a brighter yellow and not have the background so blue like it was.

I have one mixed media canvas left for painting the Peonies. But I still haven’t practiced drawing any yet. So for now I may be done with this project. We’ll see!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

Daffodils in Mixed Media

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Yesterday I decided to paint my Daffodils. I painted the flowers in watercolor and the stems, leaves, butterfly and background in acrylics. I painted the background darker to make the flowers stand out better. Plus, I needed to cover some drippies that I tried to put at the top with alcohol ink. They were too wide and distracted from the daffodils.

I am still planning to paint the sunflowers soon, but I haven’t decided yet whether or not I want to paint Peonies.

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend. I am going to take time to exercise today.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

Tulips in Mixed Media

 

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Here are my tulips on another of my mixed media canvases that I made last week.

I started out painting the tulips in watercolor like the other flowers I have done, however, I think the background was darker than I realized, so I ended up painting them in acrylics.

Then yesterday I went to Michael’s to get more canvases and found a package of what I thought were butterfly stckers. When I opened them, though, there were lots of other plants, etc. in the package which was fun! But when I peeled the backing off, it was just the paper of the butterfly, so I had to use my matte medium to glue them down.

I will probably try doing my daffodils next, then the sunflowers. I haven’t decided whether or not I want to try painting the Peonies yet. I am thinking about moving on from flowers after the next two paintings to something different.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

Daffodils in Pencil

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These daffodils are the flowers I am feeling the most excited about painting on one of my mixed media canvases that I have prepared. Wish me luck!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

California Poppies Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

I did this painting yesterday afternoon. I decided I wanted to paint California Poppies right now instead of the big red ones that Miriam Schulman demonstrates in the class. I just love yellows, oranges, blues, and greens together.

I drew some poppies on lightly with a pen. I painted the stems with some acrylics, but mostly used my watercolor brush pens and watercolor paint to paint the rest. Then I outlined the flowers with a thicker marker. I still need to spray a protective acrylic coating over it, though.

Anyway, another fun day of painting!!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! 😀

 

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