Hi everyone! Today I'm up on Jamie Dougherty's blog with this project that I'm sharing today. I created a watercolor mixed media canvas using the stamp Summer from the Prima Bloom Collection. I was thinking about it and out of ALL the stamps released, I honestly think Summer is my favorite! I love her hair and how it cascades over part of her face like it's hiding part of her soul. Anyway, this canvas is really easy to make - seems clean and simple has made its way into my mixed media as well. Even though there are tons of layers here, it is all with different colors and paints. I would have loved to capture my process on video but I'm having technical difficulties with the tripod set up at the moment. So, I tried to capture in pictures for you as much as I could.
First, I grabbed some products that I wanted to use on my canvas. I am using a Master's Touch 8x10 Watercolor Canvas Panel. I pulled out some gel medium and a stencil but ended up not using them. I went simple with this canvas focusing more on the painting than adding extra layers of paper and texture mediums like I originally anticipated.
I stamped my image using Archival Ink in Watering Can. I wanted to keep this canvas soft so I opted for this grey waterproof ink rather than black. I don't have a block large enough for this stamp so I just inked it up and pressed it evenly to the canvas with my hands. I got a few extra spots of ink but I think that just adds to the texture and the coloring will cover that up so I'm not worried about it.
I wanted to use my new gelatos on this canvas to watercolor with so I pulled out the Pastels and Metallics set to start with and mixing the peach and white directly to the canvas I started to paint in her skin. When I'm painting with Gelatos, I scribble the pigment directly to the canvas and then spritz with water. Using my fingers I spread the color around. I use this same technique to create the background (Aqua Dolce, Fig, Teal) with lots of water to create drips.
I wanted more depth and dimension to this image so I pulled out my Derwent Inktense pencils and used them to create more shading and depth on her skin. I also used them to color the foliage in her hair. At this point, I got into the zone and forgot to take more process photos! I colored her hair using two different colors of gelatos (Iced coffee and Caramel) I love how mixing the metallics with the pastels created such depth and dimension in her hair!
Here is a close up of the finished piece. I was inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Monday Alphabet Challenge (using letters X, Y, Z) so I pulled out an alphabet stencil and focused on adding texture to my canvas with the XYZ portions. To do this, I pulled some gelato color (Iced Chai) on to a baby wipe and wiped it through the stencil. I love the effect this technique has on a canvas and it's a great way to use Gelatos rather than a spray with your stencils.
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Prima Bloom Collection by Jamie Dougherty (Summer item# 980160)
Master's Touch 8x10 Watercolor Canvas Panel
Winsor & Newton Series 7 Finest Sable Watercolor Brushes (0,4)
Ranger Archival Ink (Watering Can)
Faber Castell Gelatos Collection (Metallics & Pastels)
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Helmar Glossy Krystal Kote Fixative