Tag Archive | Sketchbook

Mixed Media = Fun

When my opinions of art were formulated thing were still done in a very traditional manner.

Oils were oils, acrylics were acyclic, you only drew with graphite, charcoal or perhaps pen and ink—and by that I mean with a nib pen and a bottle of black Indian ink. There was also no such thing as color pencils for fine art. Not in South Africa at least.

These days thing are not so ridged and it took me a while to get used to the idea of “Mixed Media.”

Now? I absolutely love mixing media, and I have been experimenting.

My favorite is to use copic markers for base layer. Then to use my Polychromos color pencils for to deepen the color layers and create details that I wouldn’t be able to create with the Copics.

Rose

This is one of my experiments: I used several different images of ball jointed dolls for basic reference. 

I’ve seen something similar done with watercolor paints and color pencils.

Another invaluable tool when doing this, especially for those dark lines, like eyelashes is a brush pen.

Mine is the Pentel pocket brush pen. I wish I could have as much control with all my brushes.

On the opposite end of that spectrum, is the white gel pen for hightlights.

The Signo broad is good for that.

The point I’m making in my normal rambling manner. Is that the possibilities are limitless. If you can think it, and the mediums will work together, then do it. You might be surprised what you can create with it.

 

Have a great Sunday,

Genevieve

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Oils, a hate and love story

Good Sunday My Sweets,

 

I have very fond memories of standing in my grandmother’s dining room and holding a hairdryer pointed at an oil painting I had to get done and hand in at art collage the next day.

I’m trying not to laugh because of how young and dumb I was but it goes without saying that patience was not one of my best things.

I was used to working in acrylic and I had no inkling of the real value of oils. We’d been told to use oils in the assignment but not HOW. (Ironically—hairdryer or not I got an A for that assignment.)

But I had decided I didn’t like oils and I never touched them again.

Until recently.

I’d been following a youtuber (HappyD Artist) who’s work I adore. She works in oils and I kept looking at her work and wondering if oils were really as bad as I remembered.

Perhaps I should try using them again and see what happened?

Another Youtuber (Lena Danya) gessos the pages of her sketchbook then works in her sketchbook with oils.

This, to me, is a brilliant idea. You can practice the medium in your sketchbook without having the pressure of a completed oil painting.

Watching Lena I learned to use a clean dry brush to blend between colors and this was intriguing as well.

So I got a set of low cost oils. I wasn’t going to buy the good stuff until I knew that my hate-affair with oils was well and truly over.

I got a bottle of Alkyd and some turps.

 

I chose to paint a character from the Evi Asher book series Eternals. One of my favorites. Poe, a vampire prince with more attitude and swagger than most.

 

I gessoed the page, transferred my drawing and set to work.

I was nervous at first but after reminding myself that it’s my sketchbook and not a wall piece, I relaxed and …

Oh. My. Giddy. Aunt!

I  LOVE oils. The blending is smooth and seamless (especially when using a little make-up brush as a mop brush)

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I’ve only done a few layers, mainly because I’m cautious about ended up with mud but I’m hooked.

I didn’t realize how much time I spent fighting acrylics to blend until I used oils.

I don’t think I’ll be going back to acrylic painting in a hurry.

*wink* time to buy the good stuff.

 

Have a glorious Sunday, my sweets.

 

I post regular updates of the WIP on my instagram, so if you want to see how the painting progresses just follow me. Genevievep23