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Sunflowers in Mixed Media

Hello Friends!

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

 

Hello Friends!

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! 😀

 

Crocuses in Mixed Media

 

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Yesterday I began my series of mixed media paintings. However, instead of posting the pencil drawing of my Crocuses, I decided to post the finished painting.

I drew it differently than my original pencil drawing and decided to paint a couple of yellow crocuses since I love the complimentary colors of purple and yellow so much! Plus, I decided to use a different collaged canvas for this one than the one I was going to use.

The background design is done in acrylics. But after putting a layer of absorbent ground on top of that, which is the whitewash layer, I was able to paint the leaves and flowers in watercolors.

This is definitely a much longer process to go through for just one painting, but it is also fun to learn new things and work with new materials.

One of these days I want to invest in some Faber Castell Watercolor Markers which is what Miriam Schulman was using to paint her flowers in the class. Their colors are more vibrant, but they are pretty pricey. (And yesterday George had to get new brakes put on our car, so…no markers this month! Ha ha!)

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

 

Mixed Media Preparatios #5 & #6

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Yesterday morning I finished the last two canvas preparations for my mixed media flower paintings I am going to do. So here they are!

 

I think I am going to take a break today. So Saturday I will be using some new stencils to draw designs on them before I whitewash them and paint the flowers.

This has been really fun so far. I need to rest my back for a day, though. In the meantime I will be posting the pencil drawings of the flowers I have done. I hope everyone has a nice weekend.

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

Mixed Media Preparations #3 & 4

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Yesterday I collaged two more canvases in preparation for the flower mixed media paintings I will be doing.

I think I may do the daffodils on this first one.

Then on this one I may do the California Poppies.

This is such a meditative medium. I used to do puzzles a lot. So I think collage is even more fun for me since I get to choose where each piece goes!

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

Flower Mixed Media Preparations

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Yesterday I spent a few very peaceful hours in my studio working on preparing two of six square canvases for what will eventually become flower paintings. This first canvas is going to be my sunflowers.

The first layer is the collage. Then I will use other various materials for more layers before “whitewashing” it. That is done so I can paint the flowers on in watercolor last. It allows the background to shine through but not be the focal point.

Here is the second piece. I think this one will be my Crocuses since they are lavender and white.

I used my liquid chalk markers to write the words. (I really like those markers!) Miriam Schulman uses something else for writing on hers. She also shows how to do the drips. But you would have to take her class to learn how since I can’t give away her secrets.

I am learning all of this in her class “GARDEN PARTY.”  You can find out more about her and all the classes she teaches at http://theinspirationplace.net

I still have many other projects in mind to do! So to get myself more relaxed and limber, I started doing Yoga at home last week. I can’t believe how much it is helping my arthritis! I light a scented candle and put on soft instrumental music, and I’m good to go.

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

 

Great Horned Owlet and Mama

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The other day my husband took this picture down by the office of the fish hatchery where we live. So he printed it out for me and I decided to paint it in watercolors.

He liked the way the owlet looked like it was scowling!

I have a series of flower paintings I am planning to do in mixed media. I have some of them drawn in pencil which I will post soon. I’m really looking forward to doing this spring flower series!

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

 

Sunflower in Oil Pastels

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Yesterday I decided to draw a sunflower in my sketchbook with my Pentel Oil Pastel sticks.

I haven’t used them in a long time, but I came across them while I cleaned my studio. Plus, I have a print of one of Vincent van Gogh’s sunflower paintings hanging in there now, so he is always inspiring me.

I hope everyone is doing well this Memorial Day weekend. Stay safe whatever you do.

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

 

Sea Turtle Watercolor

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I painted this new Australian Flatback sea turtle quite a while back but completely forgot about it! I just found it and realized I hadn’t shared it yet! Silly me. 😊

I don’t have a name for this one so if you feel so inclined, have at it!

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

 

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