I’ve been experimenting with acrylic paint and ink in my latest journal. I’m using my usual Canson XL multimedia sketchbook. I started this in pencil and watercolor, then layered it with acrylic and then inked it in with a combination of Sharpie pens and Microns of different nib sizes.
I have a pretty vibrant front porch garden growing now. It’s amazing what can happen when a small seed gets planted, watered and the sun shines down on it — although the elephant ears are grown from a bulb about the size of a baseball.
I’m trying different background techniques. After I finished the elephant ear, I covered it with wax paper then squirted around the left side and top with thinned down alizarin crimson acrylic. Some of the paint bled through. I then sponged very thin layer of crimson over the blue background to make it all flow better together. I’m not sure it’s entirely successful, but it’s done.
Expect lots more drawings of plants as the summer comes bearing down upon us.
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