I was feeling like doing something a bit more fun with a simple still life subject and wanted to experiment with mixed media and in particular integrating collage and a very shiny finish.
White Coffee, painting with acrylics and mixed media on canvas
Here are the steps I took:
After painting a simple under-painting with acrylic I start adding pieces of papers with acrylic medium
Here I am done with that layer of collage and will start applying acrylic paint to unify the collage pieces.
Here I added acrylic paint.
I found the acrylic layer I painted to be a bit too flat, so I want to add some transparency and drips. For this I will spray the painting with water and alcohol. Alcohol helps taking off the acrylic once it is dried.
I am using a sponge to scrub the paint off.
Here I start taking off some paint.
I want to finish result to have a “white on white” appearance so I am glazing some white acrylic mixed with medium on top of the painting once it is dried.
The glazed painting, once again I want to add more transparency.
So I am scrubbing off a bit of that glaze again.
I want to add more definition to the cup, so I work with pastels now.
I also trace some contours with a pencil before fixing everything with a workable fixative (Krylon)
Next step is adding some very watery layer of white acrylic to add “watercolor like” patterns on the surface.
I also add a bit of blue ink into the wet acrylic layer.
The finished painting. I will now add a very shiny finish with resin
Here I am applying 2 layers of epoxy resin to give the painting a thick shiny and smooth finish.
The finished painting. White coffee, 24 x 24 inches