create some
awesome paintings

isn't painting about enjoyment?

I wanted more freedom in my watercolor paintings. So I did a series of awesome paintings.

Sometimes when I do watercolor paintings, I do a mixed media painting method. I first started doing it when I was doing street festivals in Florida. People would stand and stare at the paintings because they were so different from regular watercolor paintings.

People would just rave about them! They would stand with their mouths open and they would ooh and aah over the paintings. "What awesome paintings," they would say.

Then they would ask me, "How do you do it?" I never told.

Well since I am not doing festivals anymore and I am in my mid-70s, I figured - why not share?

So that is what this page is about. It is really a very simple process you can use for your own awe-inspiring paintings.



White Peacock Butterfly - one of the awesome paintings by artist Carol MayWhite Peacock Butterfly

This "White Peacock Butterfly" painting is an example.

I had been doing butterfly paintings and it was getting tiresome doing all the detail.

So to jazz it up, I decided to make some awesome butterfly paintings.

The butterfly is painted fairly realistic. Around the outside I put a lot of color and tucked in some Penta.

Lots of color and texture made this a lively butterfly painting. Penta flowers are a favorite with butterflies.


another awe-inspiring painting

On the way to a show I stopped to show my neighbor the paintings I was taking.

When I pulled "Freedom's Light" out of the travel bag, she exclaimed, "What an awesome painting!"

She could feel the heart of the painting. That's what inspires me to paint.

When the viewer feels the painting, you know you did a good job.

Freedom's Light - Prophetic Paintings by Carol MayFreedom's Light

A new window will open in my site on Fine Art America.

If you want to see a full resolution of details in the painting, click on an area. A full resolution window will open showing the details of the area you clicked.

how-to create your awesome paintings

  • Do a pencil drawing on Claybord to give you a better idea of where to apply and not to apply the acrylic.
  • Put some acrylic paint on the board with a palette knife. Move it around to make texture.
  • Don't do it on the entire board. Leave parts of the board smooth without any acrylic.
  • I normally would use white acrylic. But on Freedom's Light I used white and yellow acrylic paint.
  • When the acrylic is completely dry, go ahead with your watercolor painting.
  • The watercolor works normally on the areas without the acrylic texture.
  • The textured areas add a great amount of interest.
  • After the watercolor painting is completely dry, spray it with two or three coats of acrylic fixative.

The watercolor painting supplies I use.

How to choose your painting colors




Here are a couple more examples of this fantastic painting technique.

Buckeye Butterfly by Carol MayThis technique creates texture
not normally possible with watercolor.
Freedom a fantastic painting by Carol MayThis technique will give you
a new freedom in your paintings.


You can have so much fun doing your own awesome paintings!


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