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Deep in the Evening of the Smiley Moon - a mixed media painting tutorial

Deep in the Evening of the Smiley Moon
Cyndi Lavin, 2017
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Each month, the smiley moon is my favorite part of the moon phase.  I'm not sure why, but maybe because it reminds me of the Cheshire Cat?

1. Wet a heavy piece of watercolor paper and use a foam roller to paint it solid with Hansa yellow opaque.

2. Alternate small blobs of Pearl violet, Metallic olive, and Red oxide along the top edge, and use White gesso  to pull them down the page in long strokes, using a foam brush.

3. Scratch into the damp paint to reveal some of the yellow underpainting.  Add more pure colors to adjust.


4. Use the bottom rim of a small paper cup to stamp in a moon arch with Hansa yellow opaque.

5. Use waterproof black India ink in pipettes to drip in the trees. Take a raggy, craggy old brush and use it to stipple in the "leaves" with a mixture of Yellow ochre and White gesso.   

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