I thought it would be fun to share a bit of the process I️ use to create mixed media paintings. This particular process blends acrylic painting layers with photo enhancement and digital design.
Make sure to scroll all the way through to see the painting from beginning to end + my latest events:)
I hope you enjoy!
Here is the original painting. It is done on a 9x12 cotton canvas. There are two layers of acrylic paint. The first layer was done months ago and you can see it showing through where the mint is in the middle. I then added a second layer this week that is very loose, free and painterly.
Next, I photographed the painting with my iPhone 6S. I opened the photo with the Snapseed App which I use for almost all of my photo editing. I increased the brightness, saturation, contrast and I cropped the photo so the outlines are nice and crisp.
**WATCH VIDEO** Next I took the saved photo from Snapseed and uploaded it to my procreate app that I have on my iPhone. You can watch the video to see how I ended up with this version of the painting. I loved this one and I posted it to Instagram, only to find that as the night went on I kept expanding the layers.
I really love it when I'm in the flow and feel inspired to keep adding more layers. It's interesting to me that being in my studio earlier that day, I was not feeling the flow.
I kept trying to go back in and paint but every time I did I noticed I didn't feel well and felt ungrounded!
This is why I love the procreate app. I felt much more grounded and inspired painting using it that day and it satisfied my creative juices!
Here's an additional version. I used a lot more softer strokes on the lefthand side and the smudging tool to give an ethereal look. I also added in some "digital" pencil and charcoal lines to create depth, texture and more movement.
And this is where I stopped! I added in some more splatter to simulate the original splatter from the teal ink on the right side. You can see the splatter in cobalt blue on the left. I also added in some more white linework to highlight and add light to some areas.
THOUGHTS TO PONDER:
Which one is your favorite? Could you notice the differences? Do you pay attention to how your body is feeling and listen to those nudges, trusting the process?
While I really wanted to paint, I was pleasantly surprised that because I wasn't able to I used my digital app and created something completely unexpected.