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How to paint with acrylic inks and mixed media on canvas

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, acrylic  ink and oil markers on canvas.

To paint flowers from imagination with acrylic inks 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 or acrylic ink, I used Liquitex Ink in yellow, orange and red
  • Speedball ink in Teal Green
  • Copic white Ink
  • An Ink Pen

 

You might also like: How to add visual texture to watercolor and acrylic washes.

acrylic inks, watercolor, and marker on canvas

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Here are the steps you can take to paint with acrylic ink on canvas

Start by painting an abstract background with acrylic ink and alcohol

 

acrylic inks and fluid acrylic paint

I used a mix of fluid acrylics and ink, but as you can see Speedball Ink is basically the same as fluid acrylic.

 

Painting an abstract background with acrylic ink

Add a few drops of the colors you want on your canvas and spread them loosely with a brush without mixing them too much.

dripping alcohol on the wet fluid acrylic

You can drip alcohol on the wet fluid acrylic to add more texture.

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Let the paint dry completely before going to the next steps.

Finding shapes in the abstract background

I am outlining shapes with a nupastel crayon.

Start looking for shapes and outline them either with a Prismacolor Art stix or with a graphite pencil.

You can see a few outlines.

Paint the negative space with white Acrylic paint

Painting the negative space with white Acrylic paint

Then paint all the negative space with white Acrylic or another color of your choice.

Painting the negative space with white Acrylic paint

Your painting will look something like this.

Add contrast and patterns with pen and ink and sharpies oil marker

Painting the vase with yellow fluid Acrylic

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.

step by step process

Adding designs with pen and red Ink

Then start adding designs with pen and ink. You can look at Zentangle patterns for inspiration.

Adding designs with pen and red Ink

Add touches of color in some places, here I painted red fluid acrylic in the center of the flowers.

Painting with a bit of the diluted Teal Ink

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.

Stripes with pen and ink

Keep adding layers of designs, here stripes with pen and ink

adding designs with pen and Ink

Add details to the elements in your painting.

Painting leaves with watercolour

Painting leaves with watercolor, watercolor on top of acrylic is neat because if you don’t like the result you can wash it off.

Drawing a peony with pen and ink

You can draw elements with pen and ink on top of the white background.

adding designs with white oil sharpie

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.

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

And create some highlights by lifting off the paint with a tissue paper

painting and ink wash

If your marker is water resistant, or if you are using water resistant ink, it won’t bleed when painted over.

drawing with pen and ink

Keep adding designs and layers until you are satisfied with the result.

Finishing

varnishing the finished painting

When everything had time to dry, paint the sides with white acrylic and apply a layer of varnish.

Mixed media flower painting

In Barcelona

Have you tried painting with mixed media? what was the most challenging for you?

How to paint with acrylic inks and mixed media on canvas
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