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Trees - underpainting and adding visual texture

My most recent acrylic and collage experiment was with underpainting and with adding a large area of visual texture.  I like how adding these first layers can unify all the colors that follow.

Is it a masterpiece?  No.  Did I learn something and do I like it?  Yes :-)

1. Choose a color to do your underpainting.  I used ochre, and I let it dry almost completely before adding more colors.  Even though I wanted the ochre to influence the other colors, I didn't want them to become too muddy.

2. Use walnut ink spray through a large stencil or mask.  I used a plastic mesh bag.

3. Add thinned acrylics or glazes over the piece.

4. Draw your design.  I used a dark brown Faber-Castell Pitt pen in the brush style.

5. Add details.

6. Add more color and collaged layers.  I colored each leaf in first and allowed them to dry, using a stronger application of the same color used in the top third of step 3.  Then I cut and adhered single-layered white tissue ovals over the tree branches.  Finally, I added a very thin glaze of the same color around the ovals, allowing it to pool at the edges somewhat.

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Cherie Burbach said…
Very nice! Thanks for showing your process. :)