Experimenting…

Happy (almost) New Year, everyone!

I hope you have had a relaxing holiday week!

Today, I have something much less abstract for you, in fact, it likely is as classic as you can get when it comes to the painting world. I picked up a couple of smaller canvases from Love is in the details and attempted to “paint” a mountain landscape with texture paste and watercolour.

Big disclaimer though, I am most certainly a newbie when it comes to texture paste, but am definitely LOVING it! Now my only question is, “why did I wait so long?!” Also, disclaimer number two: this likely won’t count as mixed media..but rather as more of an experimentation of one, of many, ways of using texture paste with watercolour (sorry, that’s a lot of “of’s,” but I didn’t know how else to say it!).

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I don’t know if this is how it is normally done, but I tried applying the texture paste to the canvas first, and then dripping the watercolor onto the canvas after. Unfortunately, I have to admit I couldn’t find my water colours because my crafting supplies are in one of three rooms used for storage (bad idea, right?). While cleaning up the other day though, I found them, but had my project completed…and soo I used distress ink and food colouring (shame, I know). I had this project in my head for a little while though and thought I’d try the food colouring. I most definitely recommend Prima’s water colours though! They are much much easier to control and give you way more options. And of course are actually made to watercolour.

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After applying the colour, I then moved the texture paste into the shapes/directions to create clouds, mountains, water, etc. I love seeing the colour mix in so naturally and uniquely with the texture paste with every stroke. This creates more organic looking depth and texture.

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I wish the landscape had ended up looking more realistic, but the process was definitely a good learning experience. The trees were a little more tricky, but I used a toothpick to create a forest-like texture. The process was a little more detailed than the clouds ore mountains, but I still allowed for some randomness. While etching in the trees, I dropped a few droplets of colour onto the more white areas and loved watching the paint flow into the etched in lines.

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I loved using Prima’s mica flakes and glass glitter to add some snowy accents, a bit of rocky texture to the mountain tops and the shore line along the lake. I used Tiny Beads on pretty much the entire piece, to again, try to create a slight ’snow fall’ effect (which you might be able to see inĀ  the photo below taken in more direct sun light).

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Thanks for stopping by and watching me learn! I’m thinking I may layer up this little project yet and certainly am planning on using texture paste to create backgrounds and layering them up with paper and embellishments, etc. as so many of you do so incredibly well.

How do you usually use texture paste? For layouts? or for paintings or little projects like I did today? Let me know if you ‘mix’ your watercolour with texture pasteĀ  directly on your project or if you prefer mixing together all your colours before hand? I definitely have so much to learn!

Thanks again! I hope you have a great start to the New Year this weekend!

Natalja

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This post was written by Natalja on December 31, 2017


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