In part 1 , we saw how you can paint over a drawing and how you could build an image with lines, loops, scribbles patterns or words. In part 2 we will talk more about using drawing medium on canvas and drawing with paint medium.
Line and wash
Line and wash is another technique where drawing and painting merge. I love the contrast between sharp lines and loose watery washes.
You can start with the washes and add lines after as in the following portrait, for a looser style.
Line and wash merge for this dramatic portrait.
Or make a contour drawing first and then add washes for a bit more of precision.
See more details about this technique here: watercolor and pen figure drawing
Draw with pencil, charcoal or dry brush on canvas
You can use pencils on canvas, the only precaution is to fix the graphite with fixative before varnishing.
You can even use a blending stump on canvas
Slice of Life II- Louise. Graphite and fluid acrylic on canvas
Only parts of this painting of my daughter Louise are done with pencil, the rest of the patterns are drawn and painted with fluid acrylic.
Slice of Life, beehive⠀- Charcoal, acrylic, pastel on paper mounted on board.
In this portrait on my daughter Charlotte, I worked on paper that was mounted on board. Parts of the portrait are done with charcoal and the rest is painted with fluid acrylics.
You can see how I made this painting on this post: Charcoal portrait on paper step by step : Beehive
Some of the charcoal has been applied and blended with a brush.
Dry brushing is another technique where you basically draw with a brush. That brush is very lightly covered with oil paint.
Dry brushing is like drawing with a brush.
You can even erase some of the paint with a regular eraser.
Read more about this technique here: Dry brushing for mixed media portraits
Use a drawing medium as paint
There are some drawing medium that you can use as paint, one of them is charcoal, another a bit less known one is dry pastel.
You can add water to dry pastels and use them as paint. I like to do that with pan pastels as they come in round containers.
You can use pan pastels as paint.
you can even erase areas when they had time to dry.
Read more about this technique here: Paint that you can erase?
Drawing patterns on top of a painting.
Finally, one of my favourite technique is to add patterns on top of a painting. Sometimes there are so many patterns that the painting part takes second place in importance, like in these examples;
Lace Forest(triptych) acrylic and Indian Ink on canvas
Detail of Lace Forest.
Embroidered Forest Watercolor, acrylic and markers on canvas
Feel free to share your ideas and pictures of your paintings/drawings in the comments.