Why you need a variety of art supplies for mixed media...*winks*

Mixed media girl in art journal

When it comes to mixed media, using a variety of art supplies may aid you in completing your artwork more quickly. Or in my case, help avert a disaster...*winks*

Mixed media girl in art journal

I started with a gessoed background in my altered book art journal [See the paintbrush lines? Use a sponge to apply your gesso for a smoother finish.] I drew an eye with an Inktense pencil, then used a waterbrush to activate the colour. After that, I decided to draw a nose and mouth to complete the face. The white Posca paint pen was used for highlights.

Mixed media girl in art journal

So, just a few days ago, I wanted to have a little creative time before bed. I decided against drawing the other eye in because I know the symmetry would drive me crazy [Usually, if I'm drawing a face, I work on both eyes concurrently] so I went in with some new Liquitex inks and Dylusions ink sprays. And then I used a leaf stencil with gesso over it. I was pretty happy with it at this point so off to bed I went.

Mixed media girl in art journal

But when I got up the next morning, the white stencilled and gessoed portion had all turned purplish pink - the Dylusions ink sprays had bled through all the white. So last night, I did a little "repair" work with Daler Rowney heavy body paints. The face was also freshened up with Sennelier Oil Pastels and coloured pencils.

I kind of like the dreamy effect even though on hindsight, drawing in the other eye would probably take less time *LOL*.  


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Hussena said...

It's a gorgeous piece of art, Yvonne! I love how you draw and sketch so well. All that texture-y and inky background goes so well with it.

Lizzy Hill said...

Now that's what I call mixed media! You've thrown the works at it and it works really well:):) I'd love to see you now draw the other eye in.....WINKS!!!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You are amazing! I loveeeeeeeeeeee this!!!!!!!!!!1

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi this is amazing. Thank you for joining us at <a href='’> Creative Artiste Challenge Blog </a> for challenge 18 Anything Goes and the sponsor is Scrapmatts. Hugs Jackie DT

Audrey Pettit said...

Oh, this is gorgeous! Dreamy is the perfect word! I really love the partial face image peeking through all those soft clouds!

Karon said...

This is stunning! I too would stay away from drawing the other eye LOL!

Lisa said...

This is absolutely stunning!! You are so talented!! So, so beautiful!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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