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Title: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: nolan on November 26, 2015, 02:28:36 PM
Here is my artworks from the class:

For this class you will need:
Sand, preferably sea sand
shells
texture paste
texture gel
acrylic paint
canvas

Post your class artwork and questions below
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: NHC50 on December 07, 2015, 04:39:39 PM
Nolan,
I was wondering if you could tell us what the materials are for the next two mix media lessons are. That way I can get all the materials at one time when I go to town. I live about an hour from the city. It would be a lot easier.

Nina :flowers:

Ps I really am enjoying these lessons. I have my sunflower all most done.
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: nolan on December 08, 2015, 11:52:12 AM
I will edit the first post of each class to include a list Nina O0
Can't wait to see your sunflower :heeha:
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Maryna on December 23, 2015, 12:37:10 AM
My daughter Makayla and I did the class.

Here is Makayla' seascape


Here is mine

Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Happychappy on December 23, 2015, 04:58:44 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Very good Maryna and Makayla. Seems like the two of you have mastered the mixed media. Great job. 


Patricia
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 23, 2015, 08:57:45 AM
Maryna and Makayla,

Your mixed media seascapes look very good.  Are those real shells glued on??  Look so real.

I am still struggling with the sunflower!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: nolan on December 23, 2015, 11:01:17 AM
beautiful work Makayla & Maryna :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

I see your texture paste has cracked - did it do that before or after painting?
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Maryna on December 23, 2015, 11:25:37 AM
Mea, yes it is real shells. Used modge podge to stick it, the texture gel was too expensive.
Nolan, before we painted. I actually bought the wrong stuff, thought it was premixed polifilla but it was a wall skimming product, it cracked with the sunflower too, but I decided to just use what I had on hand. One is seppose to apply it only a few mm. Oh well, one of those things I guess.
 
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Denise808 on December 23, 2015, 09:23:25 PM
Beautiful job Mikayla and Maryna!
Mikayla, you have lovely shades of blue in your ocean and Maryna, I really love how your shells truly look randomly spaced about. I'm having a little trouble with that... :) 
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: NHC50 on December 24, 2015, 07:25:02 AM
Way to go Maryna, and Milayla.  O0

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Annie. on December 24, 2015, 07:54:12 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: to both of you.

And good for you to experiment, not always easy to make subtitutions but remember that it can also lead to great discovery.
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 25, 2015, 09:42:30 PM
I just previewed the video for this class and am anxious to walk down to the ocean in the morning to get the sand. 

May use pieces of coral as that is more plentiful than shells here.

I did lay the filler paste on for the foam so that will be drying tonight.

This one is going to be fun.  I'm beginning to like this mixed media form of art.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Denise808 on December 26, 2015, 10:55:57 AM
Looking forward to seeing yours Mea. Just finished mine - smaller size, 8"x8".


Thank you Nolan, I'm sooo enjoying these classes!

Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 26, 2015, 11:43:36 AM
Wow, Denise, that came out really well.

I'll take a quick run to the beach now that the rain has stopped and pick up some sand.

Hope to finish mine this weekend.

Yes, these multi-media are fun.

So nice of Nolan to have new toys for us for Christmas!!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Denise808 on December 26, 2015, 05:15:36 PM
Thanks Mea!

Have fun with yours  :)

What's can I use as a simple palette for mixing acrylics? I'm using paper plates right now  ::)
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 26, 2015, 05:48:15 PM
Just go to Home Depot and buy a $1 white floor tile (1 foot square).  I got that idea from Nolan.  Washes clean, even with oil paint, in seconds.  I use cleanser and an old tooth brush if the paint has dried on too long.

Hope that works for you.  Love mine.

Got the sand and stuff at the beach and just dried it in the oven.

aloha

MAL
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Denise808 on December 26, 2015, 05:50:48 PM
great, thanks Mea!
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 26, 2015, 10:58:26 PM
Unfortunately, I do not have a white sand beach, so my beach sand is quite dark. 

My beach objects are not placed random enough.  My sand islands are too big - don't look real.

I do like my water, but I got carried away with making the waves.


Despite its being less than perfect, I really enjoyed making this mixed media.  Now I have to vacuum all the sand that spilled all over the house.

Good lesson, Nolan.  Thanks.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: SignLadyJ on December 27, 2015, 05:56:10 AM
Mea,

I love your sandscape. I do not see all the things that you see wrong. It is beautiful! The shell placement looks real to me!

I think maybe the sizes of the shells all being about the same could be what is throwing you off. Maybe having more size variations. But I still love it!


~Jeannie
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Annie. on December 27, 2015, 06:09:55 AM
Mea,
What is wong with a black sand beaches?  People travel long distances to go see the volcano beaches of Hawaii.  I actually really love it.  Just add a couple of shells randomly to fix your concern.

What about short grain rice for the sand?  If the sheels are bigger, the size will remain proportional.  However, I have to say that I avoid using food to 'play with'.
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 27, 2015, 07:18:12 AM
Thanks, Annie.  I'd love a black sand beach, but mine is brown.  We have a stream running down from the mountain unto our beach, so it brings all the red dirt, making our beach brownish.  Although, I must admit, yesterday was the first time I ever really noticed the color.  I always thought it was much lighter.

Thanks, Jeannie.  Yes, it does seem to look better in the light of a new day.

Best part, though, is that I learned new skills and had fun doing it.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: NHC50 on December 27, 2015, 08:30:43 AM
Nice Job Denise.  O0 I sometimes I use a white dinner plate. But if you want to save your paints. I use a ceramic tile, and then I put it in a plastic container with a lid.

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Annie. on December 27, 2015, 08:33:09 AM
Hum... wonder if the colours are true on my monitor.  Really looks black!   :-\

Denise, wonderful job  :clap:
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 27, 2015, 10:19:22 AM
Sorry to say, Annie, it is much more brown than black in real life.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: nolan on December 27, 2015, 12:34:08 PM
Maryna - what you can do is use the paste you have, but just give it more time to dry so that any cracks form before painting. That way you can fill in the cracks and let them dry too in order to get the final, perfect result O0

Denise - spot on, lovely artwork :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

Mea - great job too :clap: :clap: :clap:
What you can do to ensure the shells are placed randomly is to sprinkle them over the beach area, that way they will and where they want to O0
Sand inside the wave - just mix up a touch more of the water colour and add a light glaze over the sand. That will make the sand appear underneath the water O0
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 27, 2015, 04:55:45 PM
OK, Nolan, thanks.  The sand was not completely settled in last night, but I should be able to make the adjustments tomorrow.

This mixed media stuff is fun.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Denise808 on December 27, 2015, 04:58:30 PM
Mea, I actually like the dark color of your sand - I immediately thought of Black Sand Beach on the BI. Fun learning all that new stuff huh?  :clap:

Thank you Nina and appreciate the helpful advice about the paint. I have so many white dinner plates I can spare one till I get a tile  :)

 :thankyou: Annie

Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 27, 2015, 05:52:35 PM
Thanks, Denise.  Yes, these mixed media works are really a fun way to learn new skills.

I just found a tiny bagged filled with little snail-like things (beads?  shells?  beans?)  There's only about a dozen of them, but I am saving them for a mixed-media project.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Denise808 on December 27, 2015, 08:53:49 PM
Cool. As long as they're not those precious Niihau shells   ;)
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: michelle on January 04, 2016, 11:53:04 PM
Hi Everyone, just wondering if anyone else is having trouble obtaining a smooth and balanced amount of sand? I'm using modge podge but found the layer was too light. I tried again being more generous but even, and the sand came off in various thicknesses. when the painting is held upright, you can see the irregularity. I've now tried to fill in the gaps using pva glue which has worked but still not the best. Going over the sand is also not working as well as I had hoped but need to seal it somehow to apply the glaze over the top. I couldn't obtain the texture gel locally. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.http://www.paintbasket.com/members/Smileys/webby/thankyou.gif (http://www.paintbasket.com/members/Smileys/webby/thankyou.gif)
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Annie. on January 05, 2016, 07:53:24 AM
I am also having some difficulties and I was thinking of spaying a coat of fixative for acrylic paint over the sand...
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 05, 2016, 08:35:11 AM
The sand gave me difficulty, too, Annie.  I think it's best to let it dry a few days before putting paint over it.  Mine is now a week old and rock solid.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 05, 2016, 08:52:27 AM
Michelle,

I had sand all over the place for days.  Now that it is a week old, it is permanently adhered to the surface.

I use DAP all purpose spackling paste from Home Depot.  Once it dries, it's rock solid.

If you apply the paste, then a thick layer of sand, then press it down (sheet of waxed paper and a heavy book over it for a few minutes), that should get all the sand into the paste.  Then let it dry a few days before proceeding.

If I were going to do it again, that's how I would do it.  Hope you can benefit from my mistakes.  Good luck

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Annie. on January 05, 2016, 09:05:06 AM
Tip:
After walking over tiny beads all over the studio, we used a cheap cafeteria tray to catch the sand this am.  It did a good job to keep the sand under control.
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 05, 2016, 10:30:35 AM
Good thinking on using the cafeteria tray. 

Expanding that line of thinking, even an old cookie sheet (with sides) would work.

Necessity is the mother of invention!!!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: nolan on January 05, 2016, 01:45:12 PM
To get the sand to adhere, be liberal with your texture gel so that the sand has enough gel to get stuck to, then sprinkle the sand itself on liberally too. Rather too much than too little. Leave it a while then gently tip off the excess. Once that is dry, check to see if the canvas is still visible, if it is, repeat the process. Eventually the thickness of the sand will hide the canvas below it giving you one even colour. You can then seal the sand with one last coat of gel.

Unfortunately it is a mission to keep the sand from going all over the show. A serving tray will work well to catch the sand when you lift the canvas, if you don't have one you could fashion a catch / tray using aluminum foil
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Annie. on January 05, 2016, 03:37:44 PM
I have tried a number of combination to see what works best to stick the sand onto the canvas. See attached but in summary (and Nolan would know) they are worked equaly well. 

Minimal advantage of using a varnish spray for acrylic (Kamar Varnish from Krylon, allow rework) was that it fixed most of the sand without lifting any off.  Saying that, not sure it is worth the vapour and smell!

As for the top coat, same results just more or less shiny, depending if gloss or matte gel was used.

Here is anothe tip... if you only have a few spots where the canvas show...it maybe the perfect places for a shell!

Here is my testing:
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: nolan on January 06, 2016, 02:49:29 PM
 :thankyou: for that Annie :flowers:
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Maryna on January 06, 2016, 10:27:02 PM
I used modge podge on the canvas, I brushed it on and then poured the sand over it. Then I tapped off the access sand and with a brush using it flat, like when we paint layers I brushed on modge podge over the sand. I then only left it to dry, it took about a day. Then I painted over it where needed. I had no problems at all.
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: SignLadyJ on January 08, 2016, 06:49:54 AM
I am intrigued with the texture gel you all are using on this painting...

What exactly is it? Acrylic based? Silicone based? Something else?

What brand are you all using?

Is it clear?

How thick is it?

Does it hold it's shape good if you are making it 3D like texture paste?

Or do you need to build it up?

How does it bond to acrylic paint?

Thanks!
Jeannie
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 08, 2016, 07:33:57 AM
Jeannie,

I use DAP all purpose spackling paste from Home Depot.  When dry, it is very hard - even a thin layer is hard to crack.

I am pleased.  it worked well for me and is relatively inexpensive - less than $5.00 for a small tub.  Think it's vinyl based.

DAP has another product called DRYDEK - it's more expensive but may dry even faster.  Will check it out.

Hope that helps.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 08, 2016, 07:45:42 AM
Oops, Jeannie, I forgot to answer the rest of your questions.

Is white and dries white. 

Takes acrylic paint beautifully. 

It's a thick paste, but spreads smoothly.  I let it set a couple minutes then curled up the tops of the waves and they stayed in place.

Hope that helps.

aloha

mea

Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Sherri on January 08, 2016, 02:52:35 PM
My submission for this lesson. This is on a 16x20 inch stretched canvas. Since I didn't have access to sand I used sand I found in the floral supplies at Michaels. A little fine for my liking. I have put 2 coats with sand and then a final coat of gel. The fine sand is still coming off a little.  Should I put an additional coat of gel over the sand??   :heeha: :heeha:  suggestions for improvements are welcome

Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Denise808 on January 08, 2016, 03:21:31 PM
This is beautiful Sherri! Your foam looks fantastic!
I used the same type of sand also and it is a bit fine. I had to use a couple layers of sand like you did and an extra layer of gel to hold it all down  :)
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Sherri on January 08, 2016, 04:00:22 PM
Thanks Denise. Do you still have a little sand coming off?

Sherri
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Denise808 on January 08, 2016, 04:06:07 PM
No, it's sealed in there pretty tight now. I think as long as you make sure your previous coat of gel is completely dry, then the one last coat should do it - I hope!  :)
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: nolan on January 08, 2016, 04:33:36 PM
Jeannie, here are Texture Gels (http://www.paintbasket.com/go/texturegels) and Texture Pastes (http://www.paintbasket.com/go/texturepastes) that work well

Beautiful work Sherri :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
The only thing that bothers me is the shell placement. It isn't random enough, you need some shells to touch each other, other to group together and so on. A good way to get that is to pick up a handful and sprinkle them over the canvas, where they fall, you stick them down. If you still have a few shells left, stick a few closer or touching others O0
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Sherri on January 08, 2016, 05:38:49 PM
Thanks Nolan. I do have some shells left. I will put a couple more on and try to fix the randomness.   :whistle: :smitten:
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 08, 2016, 06:23:08 PM
Sherri,

Your surf lapping the shore is nicely done.

Yuh, I have a tough time with randomness, too!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Sherri on January 09, 2016, 12:44:05 PM
I added some sea shells trying to group them. Better????

Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Sherri on January 09, 2016, 12:45:22 PM
Thanks Mea. Hopefully I have corrected it a little.  ::)
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 09, 2016, 12:49:35 PM
Sherri.

Maybe there are just too many, especially the lower left corner. 


Keep maybe a few singles and a couple odd groupings.

The rest of it looks great, especially where you have the water over the sand.  I couldn't make that work for me at all.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Denise808 on January 09, 2016, 01:03:16 PM
Sherri, I had a difficult time with the "randomness" too. Seems like it should be so simple right!?  :P
Even when I just threw the shells on the canvas it still didn't look random enough! ;D
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Happychappy on January 09, 2016, 02:26:19 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Sherri, your water and the water's edge looks great. I haven't done the lesson so can't offer any advice but I think you have done a good job this far.


Patricia
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Sherri on January 10, 2016, 10:01:33 AM
Thanks Patricia.

Denise I have to be real careful or I get all kinds of "ducks in a row"

Thanks Mea. I don't think I can get any shells off. I got them really glued down.  :2funny:  this is a good lesson learned!!
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: nolan on January 11, 2016, 12:50:21 PM
it is better Sherri, but would require more shells to complete the effect because there is no way you can remove any of the shells now. That is one thing - once you have stuck them down, they ain't going nowhere ;D
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Sherri on January 14, 2016, 07:53:29 PM
Thanks Nolan. Live and learn. I do learn so much from your lessons!!   :cloud9: :cloud9:
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Annie. on January 19, 2016, 11:07:19 AM
Cathy's Seascape.
Thank you Nolan!
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Denise808 on January 19, 2016, 12:46:35 PM
Cathy, this is so beautiful! I absolutely love the colors and is well done -
This piece looks so fresh and cheerful  :yippee:
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Sherri on January 20, 2016, 11:04:24 AM
Cathy. Really nice. Love the sea shells. So colorful!!
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: nolan on January 20, 2016, 03:31:33 PM
awesome job Cathy, well done :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

I see your texture paste cracks when you apply it thick, so next time wait a few days for the cracks to form, then fill them up and wait to dry again before you start painting. It won't crack again after that O0
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Annie. on January 21, 2016, 09:30:06 AM
Thank you Nolan, Sherri and Denise.

Next time fill the cracks first.
Cathy
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: NHC50 on April 13, 2016, 02:51:07 PM

Well here is my Beach scene. Made a mistake, but it was too late when I saw it. But it came out all right.


Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Kathysutterlin on April 13, 2016, 03:26:16 PM
 :smitten: :smitten: :smitten: I love it, Nina!
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Denise808 on April 13, 2016, 10:58:52 PM
I see no mistakes Nina! It's beautiful, such pretty water!!!
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: Happychappy on April 14, 2016, 04:24:36 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Very well done Nina.    Patricia
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: NHC50 on April 15, 2016, 06:28:53 PM
Thank you Denise, Kathy, and Patricia. Much appreciated
I am thinking of giving it to my son and his wife. They live in Fl. And her decor is this kind of theme. I think it will make a nice anniversary present.

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: nolan on April 18, 2016, 12:31:58 AM
beautiful, great movement :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: Mixed Media Seascape
Post by: NHC50 on April 18, 2016, 06:56:40 AM
Thanks Nolan  :)

Nina  :flowers: