More Mixed Media Painting

We woke up this morning to a couple of inches of snow. Spring in Montana.

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So I stayed inside and worked on my mixed media paintings.

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This is the purple one. I added some gold Pearl Ex Pigments mixed in gel medium. Then I tore up a dyed paper towel and pasted those pieces down with more gel medium.

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I thought it needed darker values so I added some purple paint.

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And then I printed with a crocheted doily using gesso. Now I have to decide where to go from here. I’m not quite sure.

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I had finished painting my amorphous circle last week. But I thought the background needed a little more.

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So I added a little white gesso in places and then covered other areas with dark blue metallic oil paint stick. This might be finished. I will leave it for a while and decide later.

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I wasn’t really happy with this one so I printed a photo of birch trees and red twig dogwood bushes on to silk and pasted it on with gel medium. But then what to do?

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I noticed the tea bags that I had taken apart quite a while ago. I wanted to cover the straight edges of the photo. This took several layers and it’s still drying. Not sure I like it any better but I haven’t given up yet.

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This one is supposed to resemble bark. I added a bit more dark sepia acrylic ink to give it a bit more depth.

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Then I stitched a sample of orange lichen on water-soluble fabric.

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Here it is on the bark. I haven’t glued it down because I wasn’t sure I really like it much. Maybe I should just use a painting method to add the orange?

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I have been wanting to use my soy wax batik fabrics so I decided to make some book covers. This is to make two book covers and it’s put together like a quilt with batting and now I’m doing free motion quilting on it. I’ll show you the book covers when they are finished. Lyric Art has an excellent video tutorial on making book covers. That is how I will stitch the book covers together. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend.

 

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4 thoughts on “More Mixed Media Painting

  1. Ruth, you’ve achieved some interesting effects with a variety of media.i look forward to seeing the finished pieces. I really like what you did with the first piece and your amorphous circle.

  2. I am unfamiliar with much of the media you use, Ruth, but it looks intriguing. Might be fun to take a class that would cover some of your techniques. Love the soy wax batik! Took a class on shibori dyeing years ago, but that’s as close as I got. The instructor prepared all of the dye baths, so I really didn’t learn that much other than binding techniques. Are your book covers for 3-ring binders or regular reading books?

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