A day of childlike painting

I’ve been so inspired by the childlike, whimsical paintings that I’ve been seeing on blogs and online art groups recently. They are such fun but seem to open up new techniques that I wouldn’t necessarily try in other kinds of painting. I’ve actually signed up for the ecourse by Tim’s Sally, and while I’m waiting for that I thought I’d try some stuff out for myself.

First, I used a canvas board that I’d started to prepare for a Flora style painting. I then sketched out a childlike figure, fuzzily filled it with gesso, then built up layers using acrylics and pastel. There’s much more I could do with this but I do like it the way it is.

Next, I decided to try something a bit less childlike and I tried a technique that I’d seen on Misty Mawn’s video – a way of drawing with gel medium. Misty has a way of making things look so easy and this was no different: what seemed simple enough in the video ended up a sticky mess when I tried it! Still, I like the texture and the technique, and although my result is nowhere near as stylish as Misty’s, I do quite like it.

Back to a childish style. Just acrylic background and pastels layered with gel medium, highlighted with Neocolor crayons.

That style reminded me a bit of pen and ink sketches, so I decided to do a really small, fun doodle, and colour with Neocolor crayons

A really fun day!


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