Design Team, Mixed Media Tutorial

Night Owl – mixed media illustration

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Hello lovelies!

A cute and easy illustration to check out today on the Lulu Art blog. It could be completed as a journal page or a stand alone piece like I have done…

I really did sit down to do this page with little idea of where I was headed (always the best way to start, I think). I had some metal leaf, a Dina Wakley stamp & stencil on my table… and off I went!

I decided pretty early on that the stamp reminded me of an owl’s eyes and found a poem that linked an owl to the moon… an idea for a sweet illustration started to form! I had to change the stencil I was going to use and finally went with Dina Wakley Media’s JUNGLE  leaves to loosely depict feathers.

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Acrylic glazing over coloured modeling paste (or super heavy gesso) gave some really interesting blends of blue and green. Prismacolor pencils helped to give some depth and definition to the bird

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The sliver leaf was very easy to use, however, it was a little stubborn and stuck better than expected to the glue (and also to the modeling paste!) A much coarser brush was needed to brush the excess away and leave the effect I wanted.

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The poem in handwritten text finished the piece.

Hope you enjoy watching along
(Complete supplies list follows).

Have Fun !!
Dani x


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SUPPLIES LIST: (all from
Strathmore Mixed media paper
Dina Wakley Media – heavy body paints – turquoise, night, lime, yellow, blush
Dina Wakley Media – stamp sets – Text & Scribbles or Textures
Dina Wakley Media – jungle stencil
Sharpie white water-based paint pen
Prismacolor pencils
Dina Wakley palette knife
Liquitex – gesso
Liquitex – modeling paste
Liquitex – black ink
Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid
Golden Fluid Acrylic – Manganese Blue Hue
Speedball Silver Metal Leaf
Speedball Metal Leaf Sizing – glue
Ranger Archival black ink pad

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