Embroidered Forest, Watercolor, Acrylics and zentangles painting tutorial

Embroidered Forest, Watercolor, Acrylics and zentangles painting tutorial

by Sandrine Pelissier on October 22, 2013

in Inspiration, New work, Painting technique

Embroidered Forest Watercolor, acrylic and markers on canvas. 24 x 72 inches

Embroidered Forest
Watercolor, acrylic and markers on canvas.
24 x 72 inches

The triptych in the studio

The triptych “Embroidered Forest” in the studio

 

I have been incorporating patterns and designs into my paintings for some time now and this is a direction I am continuing to explore. I wanted to paint a quite large forest triptych while integrating some patterns that would be visible from close but less obvious from a distance as too not overpower the general design of the picture.

Here are the steps I took:

masking fluid on canvas

I started by a rough outline of the tree shapes with pencil on canvas.. Masking fluid works well on canvas but will lift off any watercolor that was previously painted. As I want most of my highlights white, this is not an issue in this case.

 

background with watercolor wet in wet

I start by painting the background with watercolors. wet in wet, letting the different shades of yellow and green mix on the canvas.

 

yellow liquid acrylic layer

For the trees trunks, I want to achieve rich and broken colors by layering primaries. This is difficult to do with watercolors on canvas as they will lift off easily, so I switch to liquid acrylics. My first layer is a lemon yellow.

 

red liquid acrylic layer

The next layer is red, still painted with liquid acrylics. Depending on the final shade I want on the trunk, I paint a different number of layers to make it darker.

 

blue liquid acrylic layer

The next layer I am painting is blue.

 

layering liquid acrylic

I keep on adding layers until I am satisfied with the resulting color.

 

lightening some areas

Making a very light glaze with white acrylic and medium, I am lightening some of the trees in the background to have them recede . The mix is whiter when wet and just applied than when dried.

 

drawing design on the canvas

When everything has dried, I start drawing designs on the canvas, I am drawing a different design for each tree.

 

drawing with sharpie on top of acrylic paint

I am using sharpie markers and copic markers.
When the background color is light I choose a light design.

 

Copic markers on top of acrylic paint

When the background color is darker I am choosing a design with more black.

 

I am using a variety of designs.

I am drawing a variety of designs.

 

designs on tree trunks

detail.

 

Embroidered Forest Watercolor, acrylic and markers on canvas. 24 x 72 inches

Embroidered Forest
Watercolor, acrylic and markers on canvas.
24 x 72 inches

Here is a stop motion video showing the painting process:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelley Whiting January 11, 2014 at 3:40 pm

I really love the simplistic and the playful details within the piece. A very beautiful and calming painting.

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Sandrine Pelissier January 11, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Thanks Shelley, I am glad you liked it :)

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Janice Schafir October 22, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Does your paperback book include the lessons of the entangles in the figures as well as the landscapes?

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Sandrine Pelissier October 22, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Hello Janice,
No it doesn’t, it contains about 40 demonstrations that were done before I started the zentangling, you can see a detailed index on that page : http://www.flipsnack.com/56789ACF8D6/fuklv5l9

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Janice Schafir October 22, 2013 at 7:52 am

Sandrine, I love your creativity, I am referring you to the publisher of Mixed Media Art Magazine, Who I know will enjoy your work as well. Jan Schafir

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Sandrine Pelissier October 22, 2013 at 8:43 am

Thanks Janice!

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