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Wisteria - a mixed media painting tutorial

Cyndi Lavin, 2017

I don't have any step-out photos to show for this piece, but it is so easy, you really don't need any!  It's just a simple, joyful piece that you can make anytime you're between projects and want something fun to fill an hour or two.

1. Use polymer medium to apply wrinkled white tissue paper to a piece of watercolor paper.

2. Sponge on a background color if you like.

3. Lightly mist the paper and use a razor blade to add black ink lines from the top.  Let it dry and spray with fixative before proceeding.

4. Use your gloved fingers to make the blossoms, starting with the largest and moving to the smallest.  Add a bit of white to the larger blossoms to give some shading.

Here are the colors I used:
Hansa yellow light (background)
Phthalo blue, Dioxazine purple, Quinacricone magenta, and Titanium white - all mixed in various combinations

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Copyright 2017 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. The tutorial only may be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.


Mia said…
Fabulous painting. Thank you for the tutorial.
Cyndi L said…
Thank you, Mia!