I would love to share the making of one recent “mixed media” painting with you:
First, glue different papers to the white canvas with Golden medium glue. I use the medium gel or soft gel, and choose semi gloss or gloss. Inspiration at this stage was very basic: a color scheme involving the yellowish papers. No big ideas yet.
After gluing, lightly go over the dry papers with some acrylic color on a sponge, “binding” the whole look a bit. I use golden fluid acrylics for that.
Then add more paper details…..
And begin sketching! For drawing the tree/ground I used Litho crayon, a black oily crayon. It can be wiped away until dry in about a day or so. At this stage my inspiration has boarded the project, I have a plan, a vision is emerging…..
I often use notes/ journal sketches while painting, helps me keep the overall focus when I´m lost in detail.
Adding more details, using molotow pens to draw dots and finer lines.
And finally, adding words. And it´s done:
“Nourish your seeds”
Somehow our move delayed a real good painting session forever. (House full of boxes, unsorted things, ill children and adults and ill children again…and again!!!). And of course I got frustrated and even scared if I would ever be able to paint again. But that´s part of the whole process, I guess any artist knows that feeling? When it comes, I know it´s not permanent, and never will be as long as I am alive. I wrote a post here about getting started when you really don´t feel like it. And the satisfaction when we push through that fear and become humble enough to simply try again is worth it all.
Hope you enjoyed!