Recently, I decided to start painting again... but this time with acrylics... again. I seem to switch back and forth from acrylics to watercolor and back to acrylics every few years. I also wanted to do more mixed media pieces and dug up an old canvas painting that I had given up on in the past.
I began by gluing scraps of patterned and textured paper all over the canvas in a patchwork pattern. Nothing specific. I was just trying to cover everything.
I was worried about the air bubbles, but as it dried it flattened out again.
There was a small gap between papers, so I grabbed one of my business cards on the table and used it.
I then started adding washes of color, wiping away certain areas, trying to decide what to cover and what to let show through.
I ended up covering most of the paper, but you could still see the textures and I blocked in the house, sky and ground.
I used a stencil to add a faint pattern and outlined everything with charcoal.
I drew simple flowers and grass and added words with a white sharpie...
and ended up with this:
It was a lot of fun once I convinced myself that it didn't have to be perfect. :)
I've been sketching in the evenings while watching tv with my husband. I thought I'd share some every few days along with whatever else I'm working on at the time. I'm hoping the adage, "practice makes perfect", will prove itself true eventually.
|pen and ink portrait|
What do you like to doodle or sketch in your spare time?
Take care & God Bless,