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Tatiana Kuzyk's Create A Fall~Inspired Mixed Media Painting
Tatiana Kuzyk : Create A Fall~Inspired Mixed Media Painting

Adventures In Mixed Media Textures

Create a Fall Inspired Mixed Media Painting in 7 Steps

By Tatiana Kuzyk

There's no more immediate source of inspiration than the Master Paintings of Nature during the fall season. Where else can we discover the unlimited depth of color and texture than by treating ourselves to a feast for all senses while breathing in the dancing hues and shapes of freshly fall~adorned trees? As much as I love the aliveness of Nature in the mid-spring, fall is a grand exhibition of the inherent creativity and mystery of our planet. In a fabulous concerto the colorful transformation unfolds right in front of our eyes as overnight a barely red leaf embraces ever so deeper shades of crimson… You can use this breathtaking bounty of fall color and turn it into a beautiful mixed media painting by following the 7 simple steps below. You will enjoy this creative memento of fall for years to come, or perhaps you'll choose to offer your original artwork as a gift.

Come join me and let's get started!

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Gather all the materials needed for completing the project before you'll set out to work. Please feel free to substitute paint colors, canvas or paper for plywood which I employed in my own painting. Most importantly, listen to your own creative voice and experiment, experiment, experiment! That's how your creative muscles grow and expand.

Materials:

  • An ample supply of flat-dried leaves. I suggest that you have at least 20-30 leaves in various sizes ~ a larger quantity will allow you to have more creative freedom in building your primary design. Also, take into consideration the intended size of your painting's background.
  • A surface of your choice both size and material-wise. Some of my suggestions would be: a solid wood panel, plywood, gessoboard, canvas, canvas board, or paper.
  • Acrylic gesso for an unprimed surface
  • A palette knife
  • At least two synthetic flat paint brushes: #10 & #6
  • Golden Acrylics Heavy Gel (Gloss)
  • A rubber stamp with a pattern of your choice
  • A pair of scissors
  • Paper towel
  • Here are the paint colors I employed in my own painting, all by Golden Acrylics: Phthalo Green (Yellow Shade), Sap Green Hue, Turquoise (Phthalo), Green Gold, Cobalt Green, Van Dyke Brown Hue, Carbon Black, Titan Buff, Quinacridone Crimson, Indian Yellow Hue, Iridescent Bright Gold (Fine), Transparent Red Iron Oxide, Transparent yellow Iron Oxide, Quinacridone/Nickel Azo Gold, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, and finally Payness Gray. Please do not feel obligated to use such a long list of paint colors in your own artwork, 5-7 should be plenty.
  • A paper palette, or a paint mixing container
  • In the beginning steps of the project plan on wearing clothing that can be permanently stained…
  • Optional ~ Golden Polymer Varnish with UVLS (Satin), or sheen of your choice

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