watercolor and mixed media painting tutorial

Painting a forest and grass with watercolor and mixed media on paper mounted on board

by Sandrine Pelissier on January 22, 2013

in New work, Painting technique, Step by step demonstrations

watercolor and mixed media on paper

Resting on a Park Bench
Watercolor and Mixed media on paper mounted on board
Wax finish



This is my latest watercolor and mixed media painting on paper, mounted on board and with a wax finish instead of varnish. I did record the whole process to make a time lapse video that you can see at the end of this post, here is a description of the steps I took.

mounting paper on board

This is not the usual way to proceed but I like to mount my paper on the board before starting to paint, most artists will mount the finish painting. I like painting on the hard surface of the paper mounted on the board. I did make my drawing and even saved some white with masking fluid before mounting the paper.

To see a detailed description of how to mount paper on board, see that post: Mounting watercolor paper on board

cutting edges with cutter

When the paper is dry, I can cut the edges with a cutter. After my painting is finished I will send the edges to have perfectly clean edges.


painting the trees and grass with watercolors

I am painting the grass and trees, mixing colors wet in wet with a mix of Lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, hooker green and Cyan Blue

painting the tree trunks

I am then painting the trees trunks with a mix of blues.

painting the background

Then I am painting around the foliage and the trees trunks a darker background.

adding trees trunks

On top of that dark background, I will use a semi transparent mix of white gouache and water to add a few more trunks and branches in the background

painting the bench

I then take off all the masking fluid with an eraser, and will soften most edges with a stiff brush and water. I am painting the bench with Yarka watercolor English red.

splashing and splattering

Time to splash! I am spattering with watercolors, white gouache, water… and let the paint move on the painting.

workable fixative

I noticed that wax can remove a bit of the gouache on the paper, so to avoid that issue I am spraying some workable fixative n the painting before applying the wax.

adding a wax finish

Then I can spread the wax with a soft piece of fabric, once it is dry I will buff it to make it a bit shiny.

And here is a time lapse video, a few days of painting in less than 5 minutes!


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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Iren April 19, 2013 at 12:10 am

This watercolor painting reminded me of the Ambient music


Sunil February 4, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Very innovative & informative demo, Thanks
feel of gr8 tch


Sandrine Pelissier February 5, 2013 at 6:49 am

Thanks Sunil!


Sonia January 28, 2013 at 5:19 am

Sandrine, thank you for your informative and inspiring demonstrations.


Sandrine Pelissier January 28, 2013 at 7:51 am

Thanks Sonia, I am glad you liked it.


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