I like the long and narrow canvas format as it works well with pictures of trees and forest and you don’t need a huge wall space to display them. Here is the latest I painted, with liquid acrylics and markers for the zentangle areas.
Here are the steps I took for this mixed media painting
I am starting by a very light and watery wash of yellow liquid acrylic.
I am adding a few drops on the liquid acrylic on the wet canvas.
Then, I am spraying alcohol while the wash is still wait to add some texture to that wash.
I then wait for that first layer to dry.
I 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.
I will 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.|
|Then I am painting the trunks, layering different colors until I am 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.
Then, with a very stiff brush, and water mixed with a bit of alcohol, I rub the edges 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.|
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.
|The painting is almost done, I just need to add some patterns in the trunks.|
I am adding zentangle patterns to the trunks with sharpie markers. Then I fix everything with krylon working fixative before varnishing the canvas.
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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