A few mixed media painting techniques : Part 2 with acrylics on canvas

A few mixed media painting techniques : Part 2 with acrylics on canvas

by Sandrine Pelissier on April 26, 2011

in Inspiration, Painting technique, Step by step demonstrations

A few mixed media painting techniques : Part 2 with acrylics on canvas

Here are a few techniques that I am using in my mixed media paintings on canvas and sometimes paper, the main medium is often acrylic.

Scrubbing off layers of acrylic paint

I like an aged look for my paintings and also complex colors , so I often scrub off paint with a sponge, and sometimes with sand paper. When the paint is fresh I will just use water, on older paint I might use alcohol to help remove paint.

Scrubbing off layers of acrylic paint

Scrubbing off layers of acrylic paint

Scrubbing off layers of acrylic paint

One tree: The finished painting

removing acrylic paint with a sponge

Some paint scrubbed off

removing acrylic paint with a sponge

Waiting : The finished painting

Drawing with dry pastels on top of Acrylic

Drawing with dry pastels on top of Acrylic

Drawing with dry pastels on top of acrylic, then fixing them with working fixative spray.

Adding Thread and other small materials to a painting

Adding Thread and other small materials to a painting

The thread is enclosed in a layer of gel medium

Adding Thread and other small materials to a painting
Using encaustic medium mixed with pigment or oil color

Using encaustic medium mixed with pigment or oil color

Using encaustic medium mixed with pigment, here in the background. Encaustic adds a nice mat texture

encaustic medium mixed with pigment

encaustic medium mixed with pigment

Adding oil pastels on top of acrylic

Most of the time I will add touches of oil pastels on edges to make them more interesting. When adding oil pastels or anything with oil, you can’t use an acrylic varnish and will need to use an oil varnish, in spray so the oil pastel doesn’t dissolve in the varnish.

painting with oil pastels on acrylic

Oil pastels are very convenient to draw lines on top of the acrylic paint, they add texture as well.

some oil pastel on the edges to add texture and color

some oil pastel on the edges to add texture and color

painting with oil pastels on acrylic

Another detail of the painting

drawing with oils pastels on top of an acrylic painting

The finished painting.

Spraying water on wet acrylic paint to have it dripping down

Spraying water on wet acrylic paint

Before spraying.

Spraying water on wet acrylic paint

Here I sprayed water on the red and yellow paint to have them diffuse down

Spraying alcohol on wet acrylic paint

This will make interesting textures on the paint. For this technique to work the paint has to be quite liquid (diluted in water).

Spraying alcohol on wet acrylic paint

Drips of alcohol on wet acrylic paint

Spraying alcohol on wet acrylic paint

I had the painting lying flat so the alcohol drops could stay in place

Adding layers of paint diluted in water

I do that sometimes with acrylics, or inks or watercolors.

acrylic paint diluted in water

Here a layer of white ink on the sky.

acrylic paint diluted in water

Painting underneath layers in contrasting colors

Painting underneath layers in contrasting colors

Here the areas of the blue green buildings have been painted orange.

Painting underneath layers in contrasting colors

All light areas have been first painted in black.

step by step acrylic painting tutorial

Exhibition : Acrylic on canvas

In part 3, I will show stamping, adding paper collage, adding texture with tissue paper, adding pieces of fabric or tape, adding texture with modeling paste…
Here is a slideshow of a few mixed media paintings where I used these techniques :

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Niall Dooley June 27, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Hi

I’m planning to make quite a large painting on a large square of free canvas rolled out on the ground.

I’m using a roll of preprimed basic canvas..
So my query is as i’d like to thicken it out with extra primer of some sort, making it stronger yet quiet malleable to roll.

I would like to make this light enough canvas almost weighed and aged by the application kind of like the feeling of an old wax jacket. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a oil finish, as im not sure if im going to be using oil or acrylic yet.

Im planning to paint on the ground in public and it will take a lot time to finish so ill be rolling it up and out many times, taking it out and bring home everyday, therefore these extras layers will make the large sheet of canvas just more substantial as in durable also.

If anyone gets the kind of feel for how i want to process this pretty flimsy large rectangle of canvas, before i take it on to the street then Please let me know what i should do, or any suggestions would be appreciated greatly thanks.

Regards from Berlin,

Niall D.

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Lisa Kaye May 3, 2012 at 8:54 am

I love your blog. I have been painting at home and trying to develop as an artist. You now have given me a few new techniques to try. Thank you.

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Sandrine Pelissier May 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

Thanks Lisa! Have fun trying on new techniques :-)

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seascapesaus March 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Really enjoying seeing your work Sandrine. You give great insight into your techniques and have given me a boost this morning! Thanks

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Sandrine Pelissier March 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Thanks seascapesaus :-) I am glad you liked it.

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lesliepaints April 27, 2011 at 6:47 am

Once again, this is going in my favorites. I hope I get more time this summer than I have had of late to try some of this! Thank you, Sandrine. You continue to be an inspirations and a guide.

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Sandrine Pelissier April 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Thanks Leslie, I will check out your blog to see what wonderful paintings you will make :-)

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Siggi in Maine April 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Thank you for sharing your ideas…
I have difficulty coming up with ideas when the doldrums hit…and these are very handy and the instructions are clear. Will be sure to try these ideas….
Peace,
Siggi on the Coast of Maine

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Sandrine Pelissier April 26, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Thanks, Let me know how those techniques are working for you :-)

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Yevgenia Watts April 26, 2011 at 11:03 am

This is very interesting, Sandrine! Thanks for sharing!

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Sandrine Pelissier April 26, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Thanks Yevgenia :-)

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