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How to paint with watercolors on canvas and add zentangles

You can paint with watercolors on canvas, it works very well for wet into wet techniques for example. The challenge with painting with watercolors on canvas is that it is difficult to layer watercolors as the previous layers will lift too easily, the advantage is that you can carve lights by lifting up colors.

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Here is how to paint with watercolors on canvas and add zentangles.

drawing with pencils on canvas

Start with a rough outline of your drawing with pencil on canvas

painting a light watercolor wash for background

 A good way to start is to paint a light wash on the canvas, here I mixed a light lime green.

add visual textures with alcohol on a wet watercolor wash on canvas

As your watercolor wash is still wet, you can sprinkle some alcohol to add visual texture.

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Yarka St. Petersburg Professional Watercolor Pans

Same palette of traditional colors the great masters used a century ago. Liquid-poured means semi-moist pans respond instantly to a wet brush. 24 pans in plastic case. Also individual pans. – Master Set

fixing watercolor on canvas with gel medium

As this background would lift very easily, you can fix it by painting plain acrylic medium on top. It will move a bit the paint but once dry will be permanent once dried.

layering watercolor on canvas to paint foliage wet into wet

You can then paint another layer on top, here I am painting the foliage letting the colors mix wet into wet.

wet into wet painting technique with watercolors on canvas

I also am painting the trunks wet into wet

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Copic Original Markers

There’s nothing like the Copic double-ended marker for expert blending, painting, and tone control. Use them for fine art projects, calligraphy, and more. The broad nib offers coverage for larger areas. For detailed work, flip over to the fine nib.
adding zentangle patterns on the trees

You can then start adding zentangles on top of your painting. Here, I did choose designs that had a signification related to trees.

zentangle trees

At this point in the painting, it is a good idea to stop for a while and assess the results. For example here I find the trees color to be too pink and blue, so I am adding a wash of green so the color scheme works better for me.

leaves patterns on zentangle forest painting

I did add zentangle to the lower part of the painting with foliage related designs

Watercolor and mixed media on canvas zentangle forest, original painting by North Vancouver artist Sandrine Pelissier

Forest Quilt,
Watercolor and mixed media on canvas
12 x 39 inches

buy prints by North Vancouver artist Sandrine Pelissier

Original is sold, buy prints at Fine Art America