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A Step by step mixed media painting tutorial : Rainforest Tree

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A Step by step mixed media painting tutorial : Rainforest Tree

A small 12×12 inches mixed media painting on cradled panel. I used acrylics, oil pastels, inks, gesso, gel medium, alcohol with lots of layering and scrubbing off. Here are some pictures of the process :

black gesso on panel

I start by applying black gesso on a cradled panel.

collaging decorative papers with gel medium

Then, I am collaging decorative papers with gel medium.

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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

acrylic over collage

Then,  I am Painting with acrylic over the paper collage

collaging tissue paper with gel medium

To add some texture, I then am collaging tissue paper with gel medium

drawing tree on board

I am drawing the tree with a white pencil, so I can see the outlines through the paint and collages.

acrylic negative painting

The next step is negative painting with acrylics around the tree

ink over acrylic paint

The next step is more layers of ink and acrylics.

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Liquitex Professional Acrylic Ink

Liquitex Professional Acrylic Inks are extremely fluid colors that contain super-fine pigments suspended in a state-of-the-art emulsion. Quick-drying, permanent, water-resistant, and non-clogging, they’re ideal for a variety of techniques. – Essential Colors, Set of 6

oil pastels for contouring on acrylic paint

Then I am using some oil pastels for contouring

scrubbing off acrylic paint

I am painting more layers of acrylic, that I am spraying with alcohol to add a bot of texture. I am also scrubbing off some paint in a few areas with a sponge.

A Step by step mixed media painting tutorial : Rainforest Tree

Rainforest tree, mixed media on panel

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Comments (2)

  1. This was a very interesting article. So many layers. Your process really adds a richness to the final piece. Great job!

    1. Thanks Berene 🙂

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