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Sea Turtle in Mixed Media

 

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I decided to try something a little different with this mixed media piece. I covered the 5×7 canvas with some bright yellow paint before I covered it with some washi tape that has a pretty leaf pattern. Since I wanted to use watercolor on it, I had to paint a light coat of Liquitex Absorbent Ground over the whole canvas.

Then I decided to draw the sea turtle in pencil. However, instead of leaving the washi tape pattern for its body, I decided to use some tissue paper in bright yellow, a little bit of green, and light aqua to fill in its shell and head. To glue it down I used my Liquitex Matte Medium, then went over the canvas with it to help it stay glued on.

I was going for a mosaic look, but I am still trying to figure out how to do that!

Then I used my Winsor & Newton watercolor pens to outline the turtle’s features, fill in a few spots on its face and legs, and add the blues in the background for the water.

This was pretty easy on me physically. So that was a plus. Also, I did it in stages over a few days time. I like the way it turned out, and it was fun.

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

 

 

Gothic Ballerinas in Mixed Media

 

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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˜€

 

 

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˜€

 

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˜€

 

 

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

 

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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

 

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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˜€

 

Llama in Mixed Media Finished!

 

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Yesterday I outlined my llma onto my Washi Tape-covered canvas and painted the background.

First, I mixed the Golden’s Hansa Yellow Light paint with white and some glazing medium and painted the acrylics over the background, but the color was too light. So I mixed the yellow with my new Golden’s Phthalo Green (Yellow Shade) acrylic paint and glazing medium to get a bright green.

Next I used the Phthalo Green at full strength to go over most of it so the darker background would make the llama look more silhouetted. Lastly, I added some flowers.

I like the way it turned out. I plan to do a couple more but in a different way this time. I don’t want to cover the whole canvas with Washi Tape again; it took too long! And I may do other animals. I already have some ideas brewing for more silhouettes.

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

 

Mixed Media Llama – Step 1

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This is a 12″x12″ canvas covered in a variety of Washi tapes. The next step will be covering it with clear Gesso. Then I will draw a llama (or two) on it and paint it. Not sure what else I may want to do to the background, though. I did get a couple of new colors of acrylic paint, though – “Golden Fluid Acrylics” in Phthalo Green (Yellow Shade) and Hansa Yellow Light – which I am anxious to try! So this is my project this weekend!

I got the idea from Miriam Schulman in one of her classes but I am not doing it just like hers. I like to make mine more original which is what she encourages all of her students to do.

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

 

Alpacas in Brush Pen

 

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This is my first attempt at drawing Alpacas! What a funny looking animal! I think I am done with butterflies for now.

I used my Arteza brush pens for this but then added water and some fine point pen. I did this for the Inspired Insiders Club that I joined in January through Miriam Schulman’s art website.

The next one we are doing is Llamas. And I haven’t done some of the other animals she’s done yet. I am glsd I can take my time!

Our kids are coming over this afternoon for a throw together dinner. George got the idea from the show “Chopped” that we used to watch with Grace! This should be fun.

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

 

Sara J Evans

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