Mixed media forest painting with acrylics and markers: techniques of wet in wet painting, layering and zentangling

Morning Walk, Liquid Acrylic and Markers on canvas

by Sandrine Pelissier on November 19, 2013

in New work, Painting technique, Step by step demonstrations

Morning Walk Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

Morning Walk
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
8 x 8 inches



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I did paint this painting for the “Anonymous Art Show”, a fundraising event here in North Vancouver where all paintings have to be 8×8 inches, priced at 100 dollars and signed only at the back so people can buy the art they like the most without knowing who did the painting.
Here are the steps I took:

pencil drawing on canvas

The first step is to make the drawing with pencil on canvas.

masking fluid on canvas

I am preserving white areas on the canvas with masking fluid.

working with liquid acrylics

I will work with liquid acrylics to start with, They behave a bit as watercolor but will adhere more on the canvas than watercolors would.

wet in wet technique

I am starting by painting the foliage, with the liquid acrylics diluted in a bit of water, using a wet in wet technique

waiting for the paint to dry

Here is the foliage all painted, I then have to wait for the paint to dry.

painting the trunks

I then start working on the trunks mixing washes of brown and blue in a wet in wet manner

adding acrylic layers

I keep on adding layers until I am satisfied with the colors

adding designs with markers

Now the fun part :)
I am adding designs with markers.

The painting with added designs

The painting with added designs


Next I am adding a bit of splatters with gouache mixed with watercolor.

Morning Walk Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

The finished painting
Morning Walk
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
8 x 8 inches

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

trisha linn December 5, 2013 at 2:53 pm

You are so generous is sharing. Love to use makers but not sure which brands are good for art Can you recommend? Thanks so much for letting us see your beautiful art.


Sandrine Pelissier December 5, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Thanks trisha :), I like Copic markers for paper and sharpies for canvas.


Berene November 19, 2013 at 8:37 am

I love the patterns in this one, Sandrine. They really capture the textures in the forest.


Sandrine Pelissier November 19, 2013 at 9:25 am

Thanks Berene ! I am happy to hear that :)


Nicole November 19, 2013 at 5:35 am

I love your paintings….all of them =)


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