Acrylic on Damp Watercolor Paper

This is 5 x 7″ acrylic on damp 300 lb. Arches cold press watercolor paper.


I had some extra acrylic paint leftover from a recent painting session. I believe it was M. Graham heavy body acrylic in Turquoise and some Golden fluid paint in hansa yellow light. Unlike Golden Open acrylic paints, which can last up to a day or sometimes even longer on the palette without drying, those two were going to be dry in a few minutes if I didn’t use them. So I quickly sprayed a piece of watercolor paper with a misting bottle and swiped the paint on.  (Note:   As a Dick Blick affiliate, purchases from these links will help support my site.)

I thought it looked pretty cool, so I’ve left it alone so far. What do you all think? Should I add to it, or as The Beatles say, Let it Be?   I want to say that I am in LOVE with the vibrancy I get from acrylic paint on damp watercolor paper!   I had a long talk with a technician at Golden Artist Colors yesterday, and she advised that as long as the fluid paints are not diluted by more than half (so you’d want a 1:1 ratio of paint to water, and no less than that), the fibers of the watercolor paper should hold the acrylic paint without a problem.   However, if you’re concerned about the viability of the painting, you can always spray an acrylic fixative on top, or even coat the painting with a gloss or matte (depending on the look you’re going for) polymer medium.   News you can use for this Tuesday!   Peace and paint puddles to all.

Abstract Acrylic, Take Two!

I decided to experiment with a grid composition, molding paste and Liquitex Basics acrylic paints.    This was done to cover up a Bombay ink experiment gone wrong in the watercolor journal I made last summer.     I just love how molding paste changes the picture so fast!


Having lots of fun with this! Loving that metallic gold. Chris Cozen’s classes on Artist Network TV are so informative and inspirational!    She knows just about everything you’d ever want to know about most any product Golden makes, having been a Golden Working Artist, and now Educator, for many years.   Here is a link to her author page on Amazon, if you’re interested in checking our her work.    She’s truly a gifted teacher.  Bonus!

It is wonderful and warm here and I hope you’re enjoying the season where you are today. Peace.

Round and Round

Experimenting with magical molding paste, which covers a multitude of sins! This painting began as this piece, which I made during the summer. I was never really happy with it, so I decided to mix gesso with molding paste, cover it up, and see what else I could conjure.


After about a year of working with watercolor, I’m appreciating the properties of acrylic paint and its various mediums. I really like the idea that I can create a painting on a canvas, cover it all up and start again. This one may be covered up one day too! Nice to have that option. I’m finding watercolor paper is also a good substrate for acrylic work. Bonus!

Have a creatively fulfilling Sunday. Peace.

Spring Colors

I recently discovered a new blog called Broken Castles here on WordPress, and the images and poetry there are quite poignant. Aries graciously gave me permission to use this black and white photo as a reference for my artwork, and so here is my loose interpretation, in the colors I love best.


I started with an underdrawing in 2B woodless graphite, and then added (you guessed it!) Neocolors. If I would have been going for a realistic result, I’d have chosen a different medium entirely (and paid more attention to form lol), but the Neos once again allowed me to quickly capture my feelings about the subject and get them down on paper.   This is why I love them so.   Thanks, Aries, for allowing me to use your lovely image!

I hope you enjoy, and that you’re anticipating the weekend with twitching tailfeathers! Peace.

Have Faith!

Sometimes you just have to stand strong and have faith that everything will work out the way it’s supposed to.  (layer one in Neocolor II, bit of acrylic beneath:)

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Sometimes you have to remember that there’s a higher power at work, directing our steps and bringing the right things to pass, in our lives, and in the lives of those closest to us.   (layer two in acrylic with palette knife and Neocolor II on top:)

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This was my thought process as I journeyed through this piece.   Art always seems to help make sense of life, for me.    Happy Weekend to all!

Whimsical Flowers

I’ve been intrigued by the work of Claudia McGill and Kerfe at Method Two Madness for many moons, and been thinking about incorporating words and mixed media collage more into my abstract work.  I picked up a random book page I’d started cutting words from last summer, and these words jumped out at me, so I thought it would be fun to let them inspire my artwork.

022016I created this mainly with Neocolor II crayons, adding words cutout from a (really bad) book, adding black acrylic paint as a finishing touch.   I can see why artists get hooked on circles!    Other similar posts using this circular technique from Cat Hand on YouTube are here, here and here.   Seriously, if you ever just wanna have fun with color and play like a little kid, those Neocolor crayons and that circle technique are sure to please.

Enjoy the weekend and make time to play today.   You owe it to yourself.

Reaching for the Sun

Feeling like more warm colors on this blustery Valentine’s Day. This was brought to you by Inktense blocks, Neocolor II water-soluble crayons, and Liquitex soft body acrylic paint (just a touch).


I’m hoping to create a collage with this later. Also experimented with a Valentine’s gift from Hub, which is the Dr. Ph Martin’s Bombay inks. Woo, talk about saturated color! A little goes a loooooooong way. Will be cutting up both paintings and making a little who knows what! Having some mixed media fun this weekend.

I hope everyone in the northern hemisphere is staying warm and that everyone else is staying cool and….Happy Valentine’s Day to all! 😀

Rock You Like A Hurricane

Sometimes, you just have to have color, whether it makes sense or not! These are a variation on the painted circles from last week with, you guessed it, Neocolors by Caran d’Ache with help from a black Pitt pen (centers) and a black Posca paint pen (black lines on top).  (I don’t recommend writing over Neocolors or anything waxy/oily with a Pitt pen; it clogs the nib, and poof goes the pen.)


I can’t decide whether they are little hurricanes, fishes, eyes……but they are somewhere sunny and warm and they’re bright and colorful, and that’s all that counts! I hope they wake you up with a smile this morning! Just one more day before the Valentine’s weekend dance! Peace.

Sunshine after snow

We had a little snowstorm yesterday, and even though time was short, I just had to bring a little sunshine and flowers into my artwork.   Brought to you today by Inktense blocks and Neocolor II water-soluble pastels.


Enjoy! And have a wonderful Wednesday, good people. Thanks for stopping by and encouraging me with your visits and comments!  It means an awful lot! Peace.