Today I am going to show you how fun it can be to use mixed media
as well as a recycled item to create a piece of art.
I did this project a few years back and took the photos with my old camera,
but I thought I'd use it anyway.
Inspiration for a piece of art can come from life,
somebody else's artwork or technique,
or, in my case here, a vintage illustration in an old book.
The above illustration drew me in,
so I used it, but changed it with some elements I wanted different.
I had some cabinet doors that an aunt had given to me,
so I sanded one, base-coated it, and used it for my canvas.
Once the base-coat was dried, I sketched the adapted scene lightly on the wood.
I then used a permanent calligraphy ink and my dipping pen to sketch the scene
(the type of ink is explained >HERE<).
I let the ink dry thoroughly for a day, and then used some acrylic paints to create color.
I also used the calligraphy ink and pen to write a verse under the scene.
When I had everything painted the way I liked, I let it dry for a day,
and I then lightly stained the piece with some watered down brown acrylic paint to give it a slightly aged look.
I then varnished it to protect it.
The finished piece went to my sister who has a house full of sons.
It is always fun to create a piece of artwork on a different canvas.
Using mixed media can be challenging, but add different dimension as well.
Have you used a unique canvas to create a piece of artwork?
What did you use on it and how did it turn out?
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