Mixed Media on a Board


Catchy title, yes? Hahaha! It all started with a board about 8″ x 10″ in size and some new acrylic colors. I wanted to make something pretty and cool and had to start somewhere. Let me show you how I went from the picture on the left to the one on the right. If I can do it – you can, too.

I actually made this project a couple years ago but I never posted it anywhere except maybe on Instagram. Just a photo, no directions. The board was purchased at Walmart for probably a dollar or two.

Working over a craft mat, I painted on a layer of teal craft paint. The cheap kind like they have at Walmart. Then I used some Golden fluid acrylics to stroke on some stripes with my finger. Yes, I am high-tech on the supplies. Hahahaha! And seriously I hated it at this point. I pushed the board off to the side to dry and figure out what to do next.

White acrylic paint covers up a lot of ugly. I didn’t want to entirely get rid of the background, just soften it down. A lot.

Texture and layers. It’s all about the texture and layers, so once the white was dry I grabbed an old medicine bottle and a black Archival ink pad and stamped a bunch of circles. You could just as easily do this step with a black Sharpie. Or a thin brush and some black ink. I used a medicine bottle.

As far as layers go – I wanted to add some texture by way of this modeling paste. Texture paste works the same way. Honestly at that point in my art journey I didn’t know if there was a difference in the two products or not. Still don’t. This works great and I’ve had this tube for at least 5 years and it is still good.

Using a palette knife, I scraped the paste over the stencil and onto my board. Apparently I wasn’t too concerned about smoothness. Hahaha! It’s all texture. And it all works.

Just be sure to clean your stencils right away before that stuff turns to concrete. Lumpy, bumpy, partial coverage, a hole in the middle of a couple – but I loved it anyway. Then I put the board to one side for this paste to dry.

The next day I tore out some pieces of Tim Holtz’ tissue paper and adhered them with clear gesso. And let them dry. There is a lot of drying time with a project like this. The gesso can be sped up with a heat gun.

Several things happened next.
* I used my finger to brush some fluid acrylic color on to the modeling paste areas to cover up that bright white.
* I added some stamping with a stencil and my dab and stab method in the lower left corner.
* I used a strip of punchinello (the yellow parts) and some yellow paint with my dab and stab technique to add some bubbled layers.
* To smooth the piece out, I watered down some fluid acrylics and brushed color over most of the board and added some blocks of yellow to brighten it back up.
* And last, I added more of the black medicine bottle circles.

Standing my board on an easel, I used some Daler Rowney inks to make drips and runs down the length of the board. Pink, then blue. And I pretty much hated it again.

But I did like this part where the blue ran right down the pink lines and covered them up. I think my pink was too bright. I know, right? You’ve probably never heard me say that before.

I went back to the fluid acrylics and brushed them onto the board right over the bad spots. And added more yellow. I like how you can still see all the underlying layers. And then I liked my board again. But it didn’t feel “done.”

I brought out more of the punchinello and dab and stabbed some ink colors through it pretty much all over the board, using the same colors I already had in the project. And I think that step tied everything together and completed my project. And it was done. Lots of fun and experimenting went into this piece. And now I have it hanging in my studio. I love it!

10 thoughts on “Mixed Media on a Board

  1. Love this, Alice……….
    The name, colors, and your imagination is way cool!

  2. Thanks for sharing your process. Just playing with your colors and materials Is how we learn. In art class I learned that color blocking is a good way to get a decent background without making mudd. then using stencils fo blend away the harsh lines is a good start at layering texture. Then think about the overall look and make some decisions as to where to go from there. Seems like that is what you did.

  3. Can see you were having enormous fun & just seeing where it all went. It has your hallmarks all over it.

    • thanks, a fun afternoon project – for several days while it dried. I have another board to play with soon

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