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Moonrise – a mixed media painting tutorial

Moonrise in December
Cyndi Lavin, 2017
Prints for sale

I showed you late last year how to do one of these deeper-toned paintings by using an underpainting (tutorial link).  For the painting at the link, I used India ink, but for this one I used a mix of a mix of black gesso and white gesso, as you can see below.  If you need additional details about how I did this painting, check the other tutorial for more step-by-steps.    


I used a mixed medium dark gray gesso to pull the top half with Phthalo blue and Dioxazine purple.  On the bottom, I used a lighter gray to pull Dioxazine purple, Quinacridone magenta, and Pyrrole orangeLet it dry.


On the bottom half, I added glazes of Hansa yellow light and Pyrrole orange.  After that dried, I touched up with the original colors mixed with White gesso.  When dry again, use a pipette to drip waterproof black India ink for trees.  My final step was to splatter the piece with a mix of Hansa yellow light and White gesso.  I should have done that before adding the trees!  Next time!

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