Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Painting with Frida (and DecoArt Media!)

This week's inspiration is...

Frida Kahlo!

I have painted Frida numerous times throughout the last couple of years. I always seem to seek inspiration from her because she was such a strong, brave incredible woman. 
To start today's Frida painting I used a large piece of watercolor paper and a base layer of ephemera and gesso.

To "glue" down the ephemera, I brushed DecoArt Media Matte Medium on both the watercolor paper and the top of the ephemera itself. Then, I used a light wash of white gesso to help push the ephemera back. Then, a light picture sketch of Frida (and some fun stencil elements from my friend, Sarah Trumpp!) before the fun begins - Color!

I used a multitude of fluid acrylics from the DecoArt Media line. I love working with this paint because it is so vivid and pigmented. The colors that I am using are: 

(I like to mix the Inference Gold with the Americana Glazing Medium and another color... one example of this is in the dress. I mixed the gold with the blue to add just a slight golden sheen. It's a fun addition to mixed media products and not really something that can always be captured perfectly in a photograph. That's what makes it fun.)

For the background, I also incorporated DecoArt Media Mister's in "Shimmer White" and "Carbon Black". 
To finish off the painting I also added fun extra elements with the 12 x 12 Americana "Mandala" stencil and a Uniball Signo UM-153 pen. White highlights are so much fun and really bring a painting to life. For this part, I use only a portion of the stencil and trace it with the pen, and then add a bit more texture with Titanium White fluid acrylic on a paintbrush, like this:

To finish the painting, I mixed some Quinacridone Violet Fluid Acrylic with Americana Glazing Medium and brushed it on the background to give it a tint. 

I hope you enjoyed today's project! Until next time - you can find me on Patreon! 

- Cheers,