Mixing media is fun but it is sometimes difficult to know where to start, here is a technique you can use to mix watercolors, ink, acrylics and oil markers on canvas.
You will need
- Canvas, I used 12 x 12 inches pre-stretched canvas
- Krylon workable fixative
- Acrylic paint, I used Pebeo in titanium white and Payne’s grey
- Prismacolor Art stick in black
- Sharpie White Oil marker
- Krylon workable fixative
- Watercolor paint, I used Yarka watercolors.
- Rubbing alcohol
- Fluid Acrylic, I used Liquitex Ink in yellow, orange and red
- Speedball ink in Teal Green
- Copic white Ink
- An Ink Pen
Here are the steps you can take to paint with mixed media on canvas
Start by painting an abstract background with fluid acrylic and alcohol
I used a mix of fluid acrylics and ink, but as you can see Speedball Ink is basically the same as fluid acrylic.
Add a few drops of the colors you want on your canvas and spread them loosely with a brush without mixing them too much.
You can drip alcohol on the wet fluid acrylic to add more texture.
Let the paint dry completely before going to the next steps.
Finding shapes in the abstract background
Start looking for shapes and outline them either with a Prismacolor Art stix or with a graphite pencil.
Paint the negative space with white Acrylic paint
Then paint all the negative space with white Acrylic or another color of your choice.
Your painting will look something like this.
Add contrast and patterns with pen and ink and sharpies oil marker
You can add more color to selected elements here I am painting over the vase with yellow fluid Acrylic. You can do it also with watercolors, with the possibility of wiping them off if you don’t like the result.
Then start adding designs with pen and ink. You can look at Zentangle patterns for inspiration.
Add touches of color in some places, here I painted red fluid acrylic in the center of the flowers.
You can dilute your ink or acrylic in a bit o water so they are more translucent and so you can still see a bit of the texture underneath. Here I am painting with a bit of the diluted Teal Ink.
Keep adding layers of designs, here stripes with pen and ink
Add details to the elements in your painting.
Painting leaves with watercolor, watercolor on top of acrylic is neat because if you don’t like the result you can wash it off.
You can draw elements with pen and ink on top of the white background.
And add designs with white oil Sharpie on top of darker backgrounds.
Once the ink has dried, you can paint a wash on top of the drawing.
And create some highlights by lifting off the paint with a tissue paper
If your marker is water resistant, or if you are using water resistant ink, it won’t bleed when painted over.
Keep adding designs and layers until you are satisfied with the result.
When everything had time to dry, paint the sides with white acrylic and apply a layer of varnish.