- Painting Mixed Media
feel the joy and freedom of painting mixed media: make your paintings rock!
- Start painting mixed media and create fantastic, awesome paintings!
These paintings are different from traditional watercolor paintings.
- When I was doing street festivals in Florida, I was doing this type of paintings. 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. They would ooh and ah over the paintings.
"What awesome paintings," they would say and they would ask, "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
Watercolor and acrylic mixed media painting
how painting mixed media is different from watercolor paintings?
- Unexpected - interesting texture
- Unusual lively color movement because the paint has been poured
- No glass covering up the texture and colors
I had been
doing butterfly paintings and it was getting tiresome doing all the detail. So to jazz it up, I decided to do some mixed media paintings of butterflies.
The butterfly is painted fairly realistic. Around the outside there is lot of color and the Penta flowers butterflies love. The extra color and texture create a free and lively painting.
White Peacock detail-1
Sometimes when you are pouring the paint, it flows into unexpected areas.
The red and blue flowed into the butterfly's wing. That is not its natural wing color. But it certainly adds interest to the painting.
White Peacock detail-2
The acrylic texture sometimes grabs the paint colors and other times it blocks the paint and keeps it from flowing.
The added interest and variety makes awesome paintings.
more mixed media paintings
On the way to a show I stopped to show my neighbor the paintings I was taking to the show. 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.
Sailboats heading out of the storm toward "Freedom's Light"
the exciting texture shows the stormy weather
Detail of sailboat 1
Detail of sailboat 2
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how-to painting mixed media
- Do a pencil drawing on the Claybord to give you a better idea of where to apply and not to apply the acrylic texture.
- Put acrylic paint on the board with a palette knife. Move it around to make texture. Leave parts of the board smooth with no acrylic. Normally I use white, in Freedom's Light I used a combination of white and yellow.
- When the acrylic is completely dry, pour on the watercolor paints. (See Pouring Watercolors) The watercolor moves normally on the areas without the acrylic texture. The textured areas make the paint do interesting things.
- When the paint is dry, do the painting on your subject.
- When painting is completely dry, spray it with several coats of a UV fixative spray. It can be framed without glass. The texture and colors display beautifully.
Ampersand Claybord has a smooth surface without texture.
I prefer to use Ampersand's Claybord for this technique because the poured paint flows smoother than on Aquabord.
The smooth board creates a nice contrast to the rough texture of the acrylic.
more examples of this fantastic painting technique
This technique creates texture
not normally possible with watercolor.
This technique will give you
a new freedom in your paintings.
have fun painting mixed media!