9" x 12"
I haven't really described what kind of materials I use with my mixed media art before and I thought that this one might be a good one to start with. Here is a summary of the art materials I used:
- 140lb Strathmore Watercolor Paper
- Derwent Inktense Pencils
- Tim Holtz Distress Markers
- Sakura gel pens
- Zig Millenium pens
- Copic Sketch markers
- Liquid Pearls
- Richeson Casein
I use a watercolor paper pad/block because I know that I will be using water based art materials that will cause the paper to warp otherwise. The paper is cold-pressed. I haven't tried hot-pressed or mixed media paper yet but I'm thinking that I will soon.
Then I fill all of the major areas in with color. For this piece I used Derwent Inktense pencils. This was my first piece created using Derwent Inktense pencils and I love them! The pigment truly is "inktense" and I did not have to apply more than 2 or 3 glazes to get the color saturation I wanted. Here are my color notes as I worked on the piece:
I used some Copic markers for shading or color correcting little spots but for the most part left them alone. I discovered that when I went over the Copic marks with the Inktense pencils that it did some unexpected color shifting. Which I didn't intend but is great to know for future experimentation.
The Distress markers were also used very little for this piece (but they were all I used for the smaller version of this image called "Loretta's Farm"). I love them though and will continue to use them in my mixed media work.
After all the color is added I then work on the patterning. I use either ink or gel pens for this step. I also use Liquid Pearls for some little added touches but did not use it very liberally this time.
Lastly, when I mess up, and I messed up, I use Richeson's Casein to fix it. I didn't like the detail work I did on the middle ground bush and the green bush on the left so I painted over them with the Casein and created them again. I love Casein and plan on using it a whole lot more.
I hope I wasn't too wordy here and please let me know if you have any questions about anything I mentioned or might have missed.