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"Mixed Media can be Exciting"

by MILLIEGIFTSMITH , January 2, 2008—12:00 AM

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If you have never tried to add different mediums in one painting--you should try it. Let me help you get started --I usually use a heavy weight paper-such as 300 lb. 0r you can use a canvas. I love the moonlight and also the streams and reflections they give. So, I decided that I would do a landscape in the moonlight. With this in mind--I started to think of all the materials I could use to be creative and yet give me the feeling that I wanted to capture. I started out with a charcoal pencil and I sorta sketched it all in. Then, I decided to use collage and tore us some paper[ you can paint your own or use an old watercolor painting you don't mind destroying. Next thing I start to paint with watercolor filling in where I wanted the stream and trees. I kept white paper for the moonlight, and also used charcoal to make the pine trees. I put in the collage with acrylic gel and built up the weeds and other places I wanted more texture. I let this all dry overnight. Then my next step was to critique it and sit and look at it for awhile. When I did this--I could see where I would add more color. So I used some casine--in case you have'nt use it is a milk based media. It has an opaque quality. I added some acrylic also. I finally saw the look that I wanteds to convaey amd soIput it aside for awhile. I brought it out later on and added some more detail and then I signed my name. This is that painting--however you cannot really see all the different things I used unless you look real close. I did have a lot of fun doing this --try it and see. Give me a comment obout it. Thank you .Millie



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