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Mixing it up ! Liquid Acrylic and Zentangles : Walking in the woods

I am adding zentangle patterns to the trunks with sharpie markers.
Walking in the Woods Liquid Acrylic and Markers on Canvas 12 x 36 inches

Walking in the Woods
Liquid Acrylic and Markers on Canvas
12 x 36 inches

 

Mixing media is fun and freeing. See how you can add zentangle designs on top of a painting done with fluid Acrylic.

You will need:

  • canvas, I used a 12 x 36 inches pre stretched and gessoed canvas
  • Fluid acrylics, I used FW acrylics
  • Alcohol
  • Markers ( acid free and archival)
  • krylon workable fixative
  • varnish to finish

 

 

Here are the steps you can take to add zentangles on top of your acrylic paintings

 

I am starting by a very light and watery wash of yellow liquid acrylic.

Start by a very light and watery wash, here I used yellow liquid acrylic.

I am adding a few drops on the liquid acrylic on the wet canvas.

To paint that wash, add a few drops on the liquid acrylic on the wet canvas and spread the paint on the surface.

Then, I am spraying alcohol while the wash is still wait to add some texture to that wash.

Then,spray alcohol while the wash is still wait to add some texture to that wash.

I then wait for that first layer to dry.

Wait for that first layer to dry.

You will get a light uneven yellow wash.

When this wash has completely dried I mask a few areas with masking fluid. Masking fluid works well on canvas but would lift watercolor, acrylic will stay though.

When this wash has completely dried, transfer your drawing and mask a few areas with masking fluid. Masking fluid works well on canvas but would lift watercolor, acrylic will stay though.

I will then paint wet in wet,mixing blue, green, brown, yellow and red liquid acrylic to make different shades of green.

Then paint wet in wet,mixing blue, green, brown, yellow and red liquid acrylic to make different shades of green.

I start by painting all the foliage using a wet in wet painting technique.  Start by painting all the foliage using a wet in wet painting technique.
 Then I am painting the trunks, layering different colors until I am satisfied with the result.  Then paint the trunks, layering different colors until you are satisfied with the result.

When everything has dried, I remove the masking fluid by delicately pulling on it. I make sure I didn't forget any area by passing my hand on the canvas, the masking fluid has a different texture that you can feel.

When everything has dried, remove the masking fluid by delicately pulling on it. Make sure you didn’t forget any area by passing your hand on the canvas, the masking fluid has a different texture that you can feel.

Then, with a very stiff brush, and water mixed with a bit of alcohol, I rub the edges to make them softer.

Then, with a very stiff brush, and water mixed with a bit of alcohol, rub the edges around the areas where you lifted off the masking fluid to make them softer.

 At that point, I pause for a while and try to access what I like or not in the painting. To my taste, the green and blue are a bit too bright and taking over the painting, I also find the trunks a bit too dark because I want to add some black designs in that area later on and I want those designs to be visible.  At that point, it is a good idea to pause for a while and try to assess what you like or not in the painting. To my taste, the green and blue are a bit too bright and taking over the painting, I also find the trunks a bit too dark because I want to add some black designs in that area later on and I want those designs to be visible.

So I am painting a very watery wash of gouache, adding drips of white gouache. I am also glazing the trunks with a mix of medium and white acrylic.

So I am painting a very watery wash of gouache, adding drips of white gouache. I am also glazing the trunks with a mix of medium and white acrylic.

Walking in the Woods Liquid Acrylic and Markers on Canvas 12 x 36 inches  The painting is almost done, now you can add some patterns in the trunks.

I am adding zentangle patterns to the trunks with sharpie markers.

I am adding zentangle patterns to the trunks with markers. Then I fix everything with krylon working fixative before varnishing the canvas.

finished painitng

The finished painting

Walking in the Woods

Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

12 x 36 inches

Have you already tried incorporating zentangles in your paintings?

 

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  • Judy January 1, 2014, 4:13 pm

    I love your work Sandrine!
    I am curious about using fixative spray after the zentangles. Was this used before varnishing because of the use of markers? Haven’t yet to use it.

    • Sandrine Pelissier January 1, 2014, 5:07 pm

      Thanks Judy :) Yes I used the fixative before varnishing to make sure the varnish would not make the designs bleed.

  • jennifer December 12, 2013, 9:55 pm

    Please can you tell me what brand of masking fluid do you use? While shopping for it online, I see some are only for model crafts but not for canvases. I’m not sure what kind to buy to use on canvas as you do here. THANK YOU!

    • Sandrine Pelissier December 12, 2013, 10:46 pm

      Hello Jennifer,
      I am using Da Vinci masking fluid, it is not specially made for canvas as it’s primarily use is for paper, bit it works also on canvas.

  • Jennifer December 4, 2013, 5:24 pm

    Very useful. I was at a standstill with a painting I am doing of a group of trees.
    Your demo has really helped, so hopefully I can now finish it.
    Thank you

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