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Rain Geometry, painting a portrait with India Ink and mixed media on canvas

face in mixed media
Portrait painting with India ink and mixed media

Rain Geometry
India ink and mixed media on canvas
8 x 8 inches

 

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I had to make 3 8×8 inches paintings for a local exhibition that also happens to be a fundraiser, this one is the first of the series.

This summer we took a picture of my daughter as it was raining and she was under this doted umbrella, wearing a striped jacket and I really liked the interaction of the patterns and the idea of making a black and white painting from this picture.

 

applying masking fluid on canvas

After my drawing was done, the first step was to mask all those tiny dots and stripes with masking fluid.

 

masking fluid

Masking fluid works well on canvas but will pick up the layers of paint underneath it when removed.In that case it wasn’t a problem as this is my first layer of paint and the dots and stripes are going to be white.

 

applying ink

When the masking fluid has dried, I get ready to apply India ink.

 

not lift masking fluid

This must be done very carefully as to not lift the masking fluid.

 

Then I let dry overnight

Then I let dry overnight

 

paint did smudge

When I remove the masking fluid, I notice a few areas where the paint did smudge a bit.

 

fixing with liquid acrylic

I am fixing those areas with a bit of liquid acrylic.

 

face in mixed media

Then I am working on the face, I am using dry pastels and black and white watercolor crayons as well as the liquid white acrylic on the face.

 

Portrait painting with India ink and mixed media

Rain Geometry
India ink and mixed media on canvas
8 x 8 inches

 

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