Mixing media is fun and freeing. See how you can add zentangle designs on top of a painting done with fluid Acrylic.
You will need:
- canvas, I used a 12 x 36 inches pre stretched and gessoed canvas
- Fluid acrylics, I used FW acrylics
- Markers ( acid free and archival)
- krylon workable fixative
- varnish to finish
Here are the steps you can take to add zentangles on top of your acrylic paintings
Start by a very light and watery wash, here I used yellow liquid acrylic.
To paint that wash, add a few drops on the liquid acrylic on the wet canvas and spread the paint on the surface.
Then,spray alcohol while the wash is still wait to add some texture to that wash.
Wait for that first layer to dry.
You will get a light uneven yellow wash.
When this wash has completely dried, transfer your drawing and mask a few areas with masking fluid. Masking fluid works well on canvas but would lift watercolor, acrylic will stay though.
Then paint wet in wet,mixing blue, green, brown, yellow and red liquid acrylic to make different shades of green.
|Start by painting all the foliage using a wet in wet painting technique.|
|Then paint the trunks, layering different colors until you are satisfied with the result.|
When everything has dried, remove the masking fluid by delicately pulling on it. Make sure you didn’t forget any area by passing your hand on the canvas, the masking fluid has a different texture that you can feel.
Then, with a very stiff brush, and water mixed with a bit of alcohol, rub the edges around the areas where you lifted off the masking fluid to make them softer.
|At that point, it is a good idea to pause for a while and try to assess what you like or not in the painting. To my taste, the green and blue are a bit too bright and taking over the painting, I also find the trunks a bit too dark because I want to add some black designs in that area later on and I want those designs to be visible.|
So I am painting a very watery wash of gouache, adding drips of white gouache. I am also glazing the trunks with a mix of medium and white acrylic.
|The painting is almost done, now you can add some patterns in the trunks.|
I am adding zentangle patterns to the trunks with markers. Then I fix everything with krylon working fixative before varnishing the canvas.
The finished painting
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
12 x 36 inches
Have you already tried incorporating zentangles in your paintings?