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Painting a forest and grass with watercolor and mixed media on paper mounted on board

watercolor and mixed media on paper

Resting on a Park Bench
Watercolor and Mixed media on paper mounted on board
Wax finish



This is my latest watercolor and mixed media painting on paper, mounted on board and with a wax finish instead of varnish. I did record the whole process to make a time lapse video that you can see at the end of this post, here is a description of the steps I took.

mounting paper on board

This is not the usual way to proceed but I like to mount my paper on the board before starting to paint, most artists will mount the finish painting. I like painting on the hard surface of the paper mounted on the board. I did make my drawing and even saved some white with masking fluid before mounting the paper.

To see a detailed description of how to mount paper on board, see that post: Mounting watercolor paper on board

cutting edges with cutter

When the paper is dry, I can cut the edges with a cutter. After my painting is finished I will send the edges to have perfectly clean edges.


painting the trees and grass with watercolors

I am painting the grass and trees, mixing colors wet in wet with a mix of Lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, hooker green and Cyan Blue

painting the tree trunks

I am then painting the trees trunks with a mix of blues.

painting the background

Then I am painting around the foliage and the trees trunks a darker background.

adding trees trunks

On top of that dark background, I will use a semi transparent mix of white gouache and water to add a few more trunks and branches in the background

painting the bench

I then take off all the masking fluid with an eraser, and will soften most edges with a stiff brush and water. I am painting the bench with Yarka watercolor English red.

splashing and splattering

Time to splash! I am spattering with watercolors, white gouache, water… and let the paint move on the painting.

workable fixative

I noticed that wax can remove a bit of the gouache on the paper, so to avoid that issue I am spraying some workable fixative n the painting before applying the wax.

adding a wax finish

Then I can spread the wax with a soft piece of fabric, once it is dry I will buff it to make it a bit shiny.

And here is a time lapse video, a few days of painting in less than 5 minutes!


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  • Iren April 19, 2013, 12:10 am

    This watercolor painting reminded me of the Ambient music

  • Sunil February 4, 2013, 10:22 pm

    Very innovative & informative demo, Thanks
    feel of gr8 tch

  • Sonia January 28, 2013, 5:19 am

    Sandrine, thank you for your informative and inspiring demonstrations.

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