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Specks of Light, mixed media on canvas (India Ink, graphite and Acrylic)

painting over ink and graphite with medium

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black and white forest in mixed media

Specks of Light
Mixed media on canvas
(india ink, graphite, acrylic)
48 x 48 inches 

 Original is sold, prints available on Fine Art America.

 

This is a large mixed media on canvas (48 x 48 inches), I wanted to mix watermedia and drawing and I also wanted very dark black with texture so I used India Ink for the painted part and graphite for the drawn part.

reference drawing

I start by a rough drawing outline on canvas from a reference picture that I did edit on Paint Shop Pro.

working one section at a time

I am working on the painting one section at a time, painting with the ink and drawing the leaves with the graphite.

2 kinds of graphite

I am using an HB graphite and an 8B for darker areas.

using medium as a fixative

I have to fix the ink and the graphite so I can paint with acrylic or even varnish the work. Also the graphite will smudge if I don’t fix it somehow. For this painting I am using medium as a fixative.

painting over ink and graphite with medium

The trick here is to fix it in two times. I first paint the medium over the ink only, let it dry and then paint the medium over the graphite parts.

I am working on the painting one section at a time

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done with the painting and drawing.

I then paint most of the white areas with a layer of white acrylic to clean up a bit of the India ink and graphite smudges. When I am done painting, drawing and fixing with medium, I let the painting dry overnight

splatter the painting

I am mixing white liquid acrylic with water and will splatter the painting with that mix.

splattering the painting

I am splattering the painting including the trunks.

remove the white acrylic

Once it dries I decide that I want the trunks to be darker and remove a bit of the white acrylic.

brushing off acrylic

I am brushing off some of the white splatters with water and a stiff brush, also softening some edges.

splattering with acrylic

I also want to add more white splattering in the lighter areas, so I splatter with less diluted white acrylic.

black and white forest in mixed media

Specks of Light
Mixed media on canvas
(india ink, graphite, acrylic)
48 x 48 inches

Here are a few close up of the finished paintimg

Here are a few close up of the finished painting.

Here are a few close up of the finished painting.

Here are a few close up of the finished painting.

Here are a few close up of the finished painting.

Here are a few close up of the finished painting.

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