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Paint a flower still life with a negative painting technique

In this mixed media on canvas piece, I wanted to experiment with techniques of negative painting, painting an abstract background and of course I could not resist adding some patterns 🙂

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pouring fluid acrylics and negative space

Green Bouquet

Original is sold- Prints available here

Here are the steps I took to paint this mixed media Flower painting:

select a few acrylic ink colors

I started by selecting a few fluid acrylic ink paint bottles, I actually ended up using only the blue and green. I also used liquid matte medium.

apply gel medium on top of the canvas using a spatula

For this pouring technique, start by applying the fluid medium all over the painting with a knife or any other flat tool like a spatula.

add drops of acrylic ink on top of the gel medium

Then add some drops of fluid acrylic on top of the liquid gel.

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Liquitex Acrylic Mediums

Gel mediums are ideal for extending a heavy body paint, to create impasto, relief, or sculptural effects. – Gel Medium, Gloss

a few drops of acrylic on top of gel medium

Here I used only blue and yellow fluid acrylic.

spread the acrylic paint and medium on the canvas

Then using the painting knife, I did spread the paint and medium around, this process allow very nice textures to form on the canvas.

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Golden High Flow Acrylics

Incredibly flexible, Golden High Flow Acrylics have an ink-like consistency that lends itself to a wide range of techniques painting, drawing, staining, glazing, inking, hand-lettering, airbrushing, and more. – High Flow Colors, Set of 10

the abstract acrylic background has dried on the canvas

Once dried, the canvas looked like this. Now I looked at the canvas and tried to make out shapes from the abstract patterns. I decided to go for a flower theme.

painting the negative space with white acrylic

After quickly outlining the shapes, I painted around them with white acrylic.

all the negative space has been painted white

When all the negative white painting has been done,  the painting looks like this. Basically a few flowers, a vase and I was thinking the shapes on the right could be leaves. I find that I would need an extra leave on the left for balance and am scrubbing off a bit of the white background with alcohol and a stiff brush to add that extra leave.

glazing with acrylic paint

To make the vase different from the flowers, I am painting it with a layer of blue acrylic, the nice thing about acrylic paint is that it will most of the time be a bit translucent, so some of the patterns will still show on the vase under the blue paint.

painting flowers with a negative painting technique

As my painting process often involves working in many successive layers, I decide to add some color to the background to work on another layer.

spraying alcohol on the background

I am adding texture to that yellow layer by spraying some alcohol.

alcohol visual textures with paint beading on the canvas

Alcohol textures.

drawing leaves with a marker on canvas

I am adding patterns on the yellow painted background with a blue marker.

adding patterns on canvas with an oil based white sharpie

Then I am going to use an oil based white sharpie to add more designs and definition to the flowers and the vase.

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drawing small flowers with the white sharpie on canvas

I decide to change the leaves shapes into small flowers.

re painting the background with white acrylic paint

Last step is another negative painting in white of the background but this time I am painting around the new designs I just added.

painting a flower still life with mixed media on canvas starting from an abstract background

Finally I am adding a bit more designs with the blue marker on top of the newly painted white background. I like the semi abstract quality of the finished painting.

Green Bouquet
Mixed media on canvas
12 x 12 inches
original is sold- prints available here

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