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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Preparing a Textured Substrate for Mixed Media


Whether it be watercolours or mixed media when I create I love the idea of adding texture.  Of course with my watercolour paintings texture is just an illusion to fool the eye into thinking it is there.  The medium is actually flat and very matt as you all know.  This is where I am finding mixed media so interesting.  I can build a 3D substrate surface to add paint onto to give a more dimensional tactile impression. 






First I started by scrunching up some tissue paper and gluing it to watercolour paper using Mod Podge.  A medium that can be used  either as a glue, glaze or sealer that can also be watered down for a thinner consistency.      

I used the torn off tissue paper to build up the branches.  I attached these with Mod Podge matt which creates a slight shine even though it is matt.   


I then added watercolour to the background where it puddled in the creases.  Watercolour being matt also gives a contrasting surface to the shimmery paint I will add later.  I also added gesso quite thickly at this stage to build up tactile texture in the flowers. 



When everything was dry, I started adding acrylic shimmery paint, ink, white paint marker pen and ribbon to create the finished tag.  The image shows clearly the contrast between shiny and matt that I wanted.  



Even the ribbon had to have a Laura Moore 
altered arty approach with a little ink added.












12 comments:

  1. Inspiring and beautiful, Laura! I have to see if Mod Podge is available over here, maybe a different name.

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  2. This is so beautiful and easier than I imagined--thank you for sharing it

    Love Chrissie x

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  3. It is a very interesting post. I really like the colours of the flowers and the background!

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  4. Interesting way to add texture. Thanks for sharing, Laura!

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  5. Creativity, you have it in abundance Laura, I love Cherry blossom

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  6. I like the result and enjoyed seeing the processes...especially the scrunched paper. I really must start painting again when I return home from holiday,... which is tomorrow.

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous, Laura. I am so glad you showed how you did this. How ingenious to make the branches 3-D with tissue paper! And your colors are great. Beautiful piece.

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  8. so pretty and a brilliant technique for making it look so dimensional!

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  9. you have captured an oriental feel beautifully and loved seeing the steps you went through... you are a natural teacher I think

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  10. I love seeing how you created this! The texture is wonderful!

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  11. I love the tag and you've inspired me to try my hand at this creative approach to adding texture to my paintings! Thank You for sharing Laura!

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