Black and white forest mixed media painting tutorial

Specks of Light, mixed media on canvas (India Ink, graphite and Acrylic)

by Sandrine Pelissier on July 2, 2013

in New work, Painting technique, Step by step demonstrations

black and white forest in mixed media

Specks of Light
Mixed media on canvas
(india ink, graphite, acrylic)
48 x 48 inches 

 

 

This is a large mixed media on canvas (48 x 48 inches), I wanted to mix watermedia and drawing and I also wanted very dark black with texture so I used India Ink for the painted part and graphite for the drawn part.

reference drawing

I start by a rough drawing outline on canvas from a reference picture that I did edit on Paint Shop Pro.

working one section at a time

I am working on the painting one section at a time, painting with the ink and drawing the leaves with the graphite.

2 kinds of graphite

I am using an HB graphite and an 8B for darker areas.

using medium as a fixative

I have to fix the ink and the graphite so I can paint with acrylic or even varnish the work. Also the graphite will smudge if I don’t fix it somehow. For this painting I am using medium as a fixative.

painting over ink and graphite with medium

The trick here is to fix it in two times. I first paint the medium over the ink only, let it dry and then paint the medium over the graphite parts.

I am working on the painting one section at a time

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done with the painting and drawing.

I then paint most of the white areas with a layer of white acrylic to clean up a bit of the India ink and graphite smudges. When I am done painting, drawing and fixing with medium, I let the painting dry overnight

splatter the painting

I am mixing white liquid acrylic with water and will splatter the painting with that mix.

splattering the painting

I am splattering the painting including the trunks.

remove the white acrylic

Once it dries I decide that I want the trunks to be darker and remove a bit of the white acrylic.

brushing off acrylic

I am brushing off some of the white splatters with water and a stiff brush, also softening some edges.

splattering with acrylic

I also want to add more white splattering in the lighter areas, so I splatter with less diluted white acrylic.

black and white forest in mixed media

Specks of Light
Mixed media on canvas
(india ink, graphite, acrylic)
48 x 48 inches

Here are a few close up of the finished paintimg

Here are a few close up of the finished painting.

Here are a few close up of the finished painting.

Here are a few close up of the finished painting.

Here are a few close up of the finished painting.

Here are a few close up of the finished painting.

Here is a time lapse video:

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