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This is my latest mixed media on canvas piece, I wanted to experiment with techniques of negative painting, pouring fluid acrylics and off course I could not resist adding some patterns :)

Here are the steps I took to paint this mixed media Flower painting:

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I started by selecting a few fluid acrylic paint bottles, I actually ended up using only the blue and green. I also used liquid matte medium.

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For this pouring technique, start by applying the fluid medium all over the painting with a knife or any other flat tool like a spatula.

IMG_6986Then add some drops of fluid acrylic on top of the liquid gel.

IMG_6988Here I used only blue and yellow fluid acrylic.

IMG_6990Then using the painting knife, I did spread the paint and medium around, this process allow very nice textures to form on the canvas.

IMG_7009Once dried, the canvas looked like this. Now I looked at the canvas and tried to make out shapes from the abstract patterns. I decided to go for a flower theme.

IMG_7011After quickly outlining the shapes, I painted around them with white acrylic.

IMG_7015When all the negative white painting has been done,  the painting looks like this. Basically a few flowers, a vase and I was thinking the shapes on the right could be leaves. I find that I would need an extra leave on the left for balance and am scrubbing off a bit of the white background with alcohol and a stiff brush to add that extra leave.

IMG_7019To make the vase different from the flowers, I am painting it with a layer of blue acrylic, the nice thing about acrylic paint is that it will most of the time be a bit translucent, so some of the patterns will still show on the vase under the blue paint.

IMG_7022As my painting process often involves working in many successive layers, I decide to add some color to the background to work on another layer.

IMG_7023I am adding texture to that yellow layer by spraying some alcohol.

IMG_7024Alcohol textures.

IMG_7026I am adding patterns on the yellow painted background with a blue marker.

IMG_7028Then I am going to use an oil based white sharpie to add more designs and definition to the flowers and the vase.

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I decide to change the leaves shapes into small flowers.

IMG_7033Last step is another negative painting in white of the background but this time I am painting around the new designs I just added.

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Finally I am adding a bit more designs with the blue marker on top of the newly painted white background. I like the semi abstract quality of the finished painting.

Green Bouquet

Mixed media on canvas

12 x 12 inches

CAD 150

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Vancouver blues Watercolor on paper  15 x 25 inches

Vancouver blues
Watercolor on paper
15 x 25 inches

 

I like how the bright lights of the traffic are visually interesting in Vancouver when it is raining. Well you have got to find at least a reason to like the rain here :)

I wanted to try salt textures for the wet pavement but wanted them not to be too obvious so I used a bit of coarse salt in the lower part of the painting but did also add many textures by splashing water all over the painting after that.

Here are the steps I took to paint this Vancouver cityscape

rough outline

I started by a rough pencil outline of the buildings, cars and lights.

 

masking fluid

The first step, often when painting with watercolors is to preserve a few white areas with masking fluid, so you can paint fast and confidently around those shapes while preserving the white of the paper.

masking fluid on top of painted area

Masking fluid can aslo be applied on top of an already painted area, like here on the sign. It would be tricky to paint around the letters.

preserving the letters on the sign with masking fluid.

So I am masking them with masking fluid. Then I will be able to paint a darker green on top and the letters will stay light green.

start to apply washes of paint

 I am starting to apply washes of paint on the various elements of the cityscape. Some washes are painted flat, wet on dry as on this picture and some are painted wet on wet as I am letting the colors mix on the paper.

building texture

I am also layering several washes in some places starting from light to dark. This is the first light layer on those buildings.

painting one section at a time

I am painting one section at a time moving onto the painting.

upper part is completed

Once the upper part is more or less completed, I will start to paint the sidewalk. I am going to lay a wet into wet wash, paying attention to the colors of the reflections on the road and add some coarse salt for added texture.

coarse salt on wet wash

The salt is applied when the wash is still wet but has lost most of its shininess.

remove masking fluid

When everything has dried, I am taking off most of the masking fluid with an eraser and all the salt on the surface of the painting. I will soften most of the edges left by the masking fluid as those are often too sharp and unnatural looking.

smoothing out some edges

Softening hard edges left by the masking fluid.

colored pencils

In prevision of the next step where I will splash the painting with water, I am adding a bit of colored pencils in some places, trying to get colors a bit brighter and a bit more contrast on the painting.

adding crayons

Splashing water will cause some of the colors on the painting to move but not too many, so adding watercolor pencils before splashing is a way to accentuate that effect.

splashing with water

Now the fun begins as I spray the painting generously with water.

spray with water and lay flat

The painting is left to lay flat as the water will cause some of the pigments to move on the paper.

adding colors with a dropper

I am also adding a bit more colors with a dropper. Any effect that I don’t like can be either removed now with a tissue paper or later when the paint has dried with a stiff brush and water.

Vancouver blues Watercolor on paper  15 x 25 inches

The finished painting.

Vancouver Blues

Watercolor on paper

15 x 25 inches

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