Episode Two: Watercolor as a Mixed Media Element - The Sketchbook Files with Becca Bastian Lee

The Sketchbook Files is now a regular video lesson online. You can watch the full lessons in the True Colors Art Program.

 

The Sketchbook Files Prompt #2:

Work with watercolor as an ethereal base for acrylic & mixed media paintings - it can create lovely depth.

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MATERIALS LIST:

  • Your favorite sketchbook with thick paper

  • Watercolor paints (I used Prima’s “Decadent Pies” set)

  • Water Brush Pens OR regular watercolor brushes

  • Acrylic/mixed media brushes

  • Acrylic paints 

  • Golden's GAC or Matte Medium

  • Paper towels

  • Container of clean water

  • Optional - colored pencils, oil pastel

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PROJECT PROCESS:

  1. Think ahead about your color palette - if you plan on having blue be the predominant color, for instance, choose your watercolor base to match (cool colors).

  2. Wet your sketchbook page with a clean brush & water.

  3. Paint wet on wet layers of watercolor onto your page and let them blend and flow together!  It helps to use a a medium-to-large brush for this part. Let your watercolor paint dry.

  4. Use premade colors or mix your colors to make a harmonious color palette (See True Colors Palettes HERE for great suggestions on what to choose!)

  5. If you have it, include either Golden’s GAC or Matte Medium to increase the transparency.

  6. Paint over your watercolor layer, leaving some areas JUST watercolor and letting them show through to the final painting (leaving some on the edges is good!).  

  7. A tip - go from large strokes similar in value to the watercolor base,  to small strokes with bolder contrast (i.e, much darker or lighter than what is underneath.)

  8. OPTIONAL - You can also use dry mixed media materials such as colored pencils or oil pastel to create a final layer full of texture and color!  Just remember to spray with fixative if you use oil pastel, or your top layer may rub off on any adjoining pages.

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BECCA’S INSPIRATION OF THE MONTH: Becca says not take yourself too seriously. Relax and let your creativity loose….

"Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only thing that is never serious." - Oscar Wilde

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Kellee Conrad