Mixed Media Canvas | Whimsical Intuitive Painting | Abstract Acrylic Painting

Mixed Media Canvas | Whimsical Intuitive Painting | Abstract Acrylic Painting


Welcome to Art That Plays and Prays. I’m so excited to have you back in my channel. If you’re new here, welcome. I’m Ginger. And this is what we will make today. For this episode, I took inspiration from
a jewelry box which I hand painted years ago. This used to be a plain pine wood box which
I bought from my local craft store. I played around with it using acrylic paints
and this was the result. On the top cover here, you’ll see I drew
a tricycle, which is a form of public transport that’s common in Asia. I like how this looks so I thought I’d recreate
the concept on a larger canvas. I’m prepping the canvas with Golden acrylic
glazing liquid. If you don’t have this, it’s fine. You can use Mod Podge. And I’m gluing down torn pieces of this
old dictionary. I know it seems barbaric that I’m breaking
down big chunks of this book but it’s pretty common for artists to do something like this. My whole concept is to make the underpainting
really textured and very bumpy. The more creases there are, the better because
it adds depth and character to the painting. So that’s what I’m doing here. And I’m going to paint the sides of this canvas as well. So even if some of the paper just spills over
to the sides, it’s fine. Now I’m using some modeling paste. This is Liquitex. It’s a thick gel that can be mixed with inks
or acrylic paint and if you want to go for a textured look in your painting this is what you can use. It almost gives you that sculpture feel on
the canvas because this gel can hold peaks very well. The whole thing I’m going for here is an
intuitive painting which is a fancy way of saying ‘playtime’. This is where we can do whatever. Everything is loosely planned here. The whole idea is to just randomly throw in
the colors you want or put the texture that feels right for you at the moment. There’s no need to over-analyze the painting process. Just play and be impulsive, and let your subconscious
side just flow. In other words, in kindergarten, you have
a name for this. They call this finger painting. But for us adults, it’s kind of babyish
to call it finger painting. So we’re calling it intuitive painting. But this is the same concept anyway. So what I did was just to pick up anything,
like a lot of the materials here at home. Like you notice, I just used some make-up sponge. Like this is a cup from a Tylenol, a kid’s
Tylenol, just using this as a stamping tool. And here, an unsharpened pencil. Like anything you find at home. You can even use bubble wrap. I kept some of my bubble wrap from my Amazon
purchases. So just throwing it … colors, any colors here and there. Well, most of these, like this underpainting,
will be partially covered later on so you might think it’s a waste of effort to splatter
all these textures on the canvas. But actually, this underpainting will still
show through. It’s this layer that will give our final
painting it’s much needed depth and character. Without this elaborate underpainting, the
top coat will look flat and bland and uninteresting. So don’t feel bad if much of what we worked
here, we’ll eventually cover. Anyway, I forgot to mention, I used a marker
pen to sketch the tricycle somewhere in the middle of this canvas. I didn’t realize my video equipment ran
out of battery so I wasn’t able to document that part. But suffice it to say, my drawing is somewhere here. It’s just difficult to discern because of
the messy jumble of colors here. So it’s kind of camouflaged. So while I’m painting the background with
white acrylic, I’m really very careful not to go over my doodles. So here, I’m just trying to define some
of the sections of the tricycle by putting in some inks and some acrylic paints. But I’m not making it so opaque. I’m very light in my brush strokes here because
I still want some of the underpainting to show through. And some of the lines that I used … I used
a marker pen a while ago for those lines, but I’ll cover this with a Uniball Signo,
this white pen, white gel pen. For a list of the materials, I’ll show them
all down there in the description box, so don’t worry. I’m kind of fumbling with how I’m explaining this. It’s just like, I just want my hands to work
but not my mouth. My mouth does not do so much explaining. I’m not very good at explaining things. I just want to paint. Anyway, so just to add a few interesting details
here, I’m just using my Uniball Signo to just doodle. Doodle away wherever you want to put a doodle,
just go ahead. Feel free. That’s the whole concept of intuitive painting anyway. There you have it. I hope you enjoyed this whimsical painting. I’d appreciate it if you can spread the
love and share my channel to your friends. Please subscribe and leave me a comment down
below if you have questions or suggestions of stuff you want to learn which I’d be
very pleased to teach. Okay. Thank you. And this is Ginger again saying God bless
you and see you again soon.

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