Monday, February 21, 2011

Crazy Cool Art Technique: White Acrylic and Watercolor

I hope your weekend was filled with relaxation and fun!  My weekend involved getting our home organized for the big upcoming sale and playing with Little I.  She is smiling and cooing like crazy which makes her so much fun!  I definitely took a million pictures of her doing the same thing over and over.  I am a little camera happy I think:)

Anyways....back to business!  I wanted to show you a cool mixed media technique that you might enjoy trying.  For those of you new to mixed media, it is basically when you use more than one type of art media.  Today we will be using watercolors and white acrylic paint.

First gather your supplies:
1.  Various watercolor media such as watercolor paints, watercolor colored pencils and watercolor crayons.
2.  Find a picture to draw from or draw from your imagination!
3.  White paper...does not have to be watercolor paper!
4.  Paint brushes
5.  White Acrylic paint
6.  Pencil

Once you have gathered all of your supplies you should draw out your basic shapes of your artwork with a pencil on your white paper.  Next begin to apply white acrylic paint to your sketch.  Try not to paint over your pencil lines or else you won't be able to see your drawing!

Here is my huge container of white acrylic...notice all of the colors mixed inside?!  Guess I am not so great about cleaning off my brush:)

Try these techniques using white acrylic:

1.  Swirls of thick white paint

2.  Scratch into the white paint to create textures ( I just used the tip of a mechanical pencil.)

Once your acrylic paint is dry you can start to add watercolor paint!

Just paint right on top of your dried white acrylic and be amazed at how the textures you created with the acrylic paint really pop out once color is added!

For finishing touches I like to add watercolor crayons or colored pencils.

And voila:


Erika Lee Sears said...

I like how you add texture. I always get intimidated by texture. :)

Beth said...

Oooo, love it!