Monday 31 October 2016

Boo! - Halloween Mixed Media Art

It's unbelievable how Halloween has sneaked up on me this year, where has that time gone? Witches and bats never go out of fashion for Halloween right? So, here is a throwback mixed media journal page.

For anyone starting out with mixed media, I would highly recommend you invest your money in good quality paper, at least 140lb/300gsm weight. Believe me it will save you a lot of frustration! That is what happened with this Halloween painting. Water soluble crayons were mostly used on this piece along with a little acrylic paint.

Everything was going fine with the background colour until I added the water. Then I got the worst paper pilling, meaning the paper started breaking up and causing little nubs of paper all over. that stage I could have chosen to throw the piece away and start afresh but my first reaction was to try and save it. I gently removed as much of the paper nubs as I could and then covered the page with a thin layer of soft gel medium. It worked! I think the texture on the page has added to the Halloween feel. I was lucky that time and have learned my lesson since!

Have you had any unexpected things happen to you in your art making and how have you solved them?

Happy Halloween and enjoy the rest of your week.

Until next time, Happy Creating!

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