There are many media you can mix on the same painting, in this cas I used: Watercolor, Acrylic, oil pastels, colored pencils, collage, India Ink, conte crayon.
Here are the steps I took.
I started with a pencil drawing on the canvas
Then for all the surface I did scribble the sky areas with a blue colored pencil. I didn’t try to be precise.
Then I am using white and yellow oil pastels that will act as a resist when I will paint the leaves with watercolor.
I am using the following watercolors to paint the leaves : Da Vinci Cadmium Lemon Yellow and Yellow Ochre, Daniel Smith : Payne’s Grey and Burnt Sienna.
I then paint the leaves using a wet in wet technique, letting the colors mix on the canvas.
The next step is to start collaging the pages of an old English dictionary wherever there are branches.
I am ripping little pieces of the pages and fix them on the canvas with acrylic medium. The painting is called “Making Roots” as I am making a parallel with the process of immigrating and learning a new language and the process of making roots.
When everything is thoroughly dried, I paint over my paper collage with India Ink.
I keep painting the branches, on the whole canvas.
Then, I stop for a while and try to access what I like or not in the painting. The first thing I want to modify is the sky, the colored pencils scribblings are nice but the color of the sky is too light, so I am going over these areas with a mix of watercolors: Prussian Blue and Turquoise blue. I have to work horizontally on a table when painting with watercolors.
This is how the painting looks like at that point.
I find the tree trunk to be too dark and with not enough variations so I paint a bit of liquid acrylic on the trunk.
The acrylic is mixing with the India ink that is not waterproof, so I get shades of grey.
I lay the painting flat on the ground and am splashing it with lots of water so I get a bit of the ink and the watercolor running and making interesting textures. I like this technique as it is allowing me to achieve a looser style, leaving the paint move freely on the canvas.
I am also splattering with liquid white acrylic diluted with a bit of water. I find my tree trunk is too light now but I want to try something else than Ink, so I decide to work on it with a white oil pastel and a black conte crayon.
The black conte crayon as well as the Ink and the watercolor will need to be fixed before I can varnish the painting, for that I will be using Krylon workable fixative, one of my favorite products when working with mixed media.
I am working with both the oil pastel and the conte crayon to add more dimension to the trunk and the branches. When I am done, I fix the painting with workable fixative, paint the sides in white and varnish it.
The finished painting: Making Roots, mixed media on canvas, 48 x 48 inches.
In certain areas, the print from the dictionary pages is still visible.
Splatters close up.