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Step by step mixed media painting tutorial with acrylic, ink, gouache and pastels : Mosquito Creek

Step by step mixed media painting tutorial with acrylic, ink, gouache and pastels : Mosquito Creek

This is my latest mixed media on panel, this painting will be part of a future group exhibition so I had a few constraints: the size of the painting, the 2 lines (where the orange is in the process) where to be part of the composition and the subject had to be a forest.

My inspiration was a picture I took at Mosquito Creek, North Vancouver, here it is:

Mosquito creek forest

Mosquito creek forest, I  did cut and paste to change the composition on paint shop pro as you can see in the center of the picture.

Here are the steps for making this mixed media painting:

I trace squares to draw the trees, leaves, lines etc...

Because the drawing is relatively simple and I am not going to paint in a realistic style, I am using a squaring method to transfer the drawing to the board.

I want to work with watercolors, at least at the beginning so I apply absorbent ground on the panel everywhere except where the trees will be.

I want to work with watercolors, at least at the beginning so I apply absorbent ground on the panel everywhere except where the trees will be.

I apply pieces of a magazine with medium. I chose this magazine because it is black text on white with oranges highlights.

I apply pieces of a magazine with medium. I chose this magazine because it is black text on white with orange’s highlights

The shape of the trees is covered in magazines.

The shape of the trees is covered in magazine torn pieces

Now I want to represent the patterns on the birch bark, I start by working with India Ink

Now I want to represent the patterns on the birch bark, I start by working with India Ink

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You can still see the magazine under the ink.

You can still see the magazine under the ink.

Then I start working with watercolors on the background, this is the creek.

Then I start working with watercolors on the background, this is the creek.

I am applying a watercolor background on all areas of the painting.

I am applying a watercolor background on all areas of the painting.

Then I add some diluted white ink for the trees bark

Then I add some diluted white ink for the trees bark

Here is the texture I get when dried.

Here is a close up of the textures.

I apply a layer of gouache on top of the watercolor, love the texture that makes.

I apply a layer of gouache on top of the watercolor, love the texture that makes.

I draw the leaves with pastels.

I draw the leaves with pastels.

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I fix the watercolor, gouache, ink and pastels with krylon workable fixative.

I fix the watercolor, gouache, ink and pastels with krylon workable fixative.

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Krylon Workable Matte Fixatif

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I paint an acrylic orange under-painting in the middle area.

I paint an acrylic orange under-painting in the middle area.

I like the look of charcoal lines mixed with painting, so I draw some lines around the trees.

I like the look of charcoal lines mixed with painting, so I draw some lines around the trees.

My first idea was to draw rocks in that area but I changed my mind and decide to use a rubber stamp and stamp a pattern of lines

My first idea was to draw rocks in that area but I changed my mind and decide to use a rubber stamp and stamp a pattern of lines

I start by some negative painting around the leaves using gouache.

I start by some negative painting around the leaves using gouache.

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Holbein Acryla Gouache, 152 Chinese White, 20 ml

Acryla Designer Gouache is a fast-drying, opaque acrylic based watercolor paint. It’s water soluble while wet, and water-resistant, matte and opaque, even over dark surfaces. Great for grounds and layering.

Painting around the leaves

Painting around the leaves.

I am adding a layer of white gouache on top of the blue.

I am adding a layer of white gouache on top of the blue.

I paint over the leaves with white gouache, the orange will still show at the edges.

I paint over the leaves with white gouache, the orange will still show at the edges.

The lower part of the painting represents the creek so I paint symbols of water and rocks with acrylic.

The lower part of the painting represents the creek so I paint symbols of water and rocks with acrylic.

I also draw symbols of clouds in the sky.

I also draw symbols of clouds in the sky.

Mosquito Creek mixed media on panel

Mosquito Creek mixed media on panel

Original sold, prints available here