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Wednesday, September 30, 2015


With this post, I want to show you one way to begin
a mixed media work with found images.
(Keep in mind this is a work still in progress!) 
My theme is time, as you can see by the photo below. I found black and white magazine photos and other images, and tore some of the edges. After coming up with an arrangement of various sizes, I glued them to a plain white background with a large brush and acrylic gel medium.
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Grayscale imagery works great with bright colors!
Next, I began adding acrylic paint in two of the three primary colors. What do you think should come next?
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Maybe some red accents? Lighter and darker blues in places?
One idea for the next stage might be to hand-color some of the white portions with translucent paint, ink, pastels, colored pencils, etc.  Or incorporate some actual texture! Soooo many options.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Colorful images of fruit are so tempting...I used
the idea not once but twice!
The first one shown below includes countless pictures carefully cut from magazines. I worked across the page, using analogous colors as well as I could, from yellow-green to yellow, yellow-orange to red, and finally red to violet. (Kind of a horizontal color wheel, but not exactly.)
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This next work is a painting - collage with a resist effect in the background.
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Clear gesso resisted the wash of acrylic paint.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


This project is fun for all ages,
but kids especially like it!
One-of-a-kind prints.
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Press hard with oil pastels or crayons!
  • A sheet of plexi or other smooth surface for the ink
  • A brayer (ink roller)
  • Printing ink (waterbased block printing ink works great)
  • Tools such as small squares of matboard, plastic forks, etc.
  • Paper in contrasting color from the ink
  • Oil pastels, chalk pastels, or crayons
 Spread a thin layer of the ink with the brayer. Use tools or even the hands to scrape designs in the ink. Work quickly so the ink doesn't dry.
NOTE: The printed design will be backwards, so no names, initials, or words, please! Kids need that reminder.
Press paper onto the inked design, working all over with the flat of the hand to transfer it. Peel off and set aside to dry. (Kids should have written their names on their papers on the backside beforehand.)
This next part is awfully fun! The next day, use bright colors to enhance some of the "blank" parts of the design.       
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A monoprint with color added later.

Saturday, September 5, 2015


Lynn Edwards is an abstract painter, mixed media artist and art instructor living in the greater Atlanta area. Her work is held in both private and corporate collections and has been leased by Disney/ABC Television Group. She is represented by 2Rules Fine Art, Marietta, GA. Her studio is located in an idyllic setting surrounded by woods and wildlife, the former providing boundless inspiration and the latter, endless amusement.

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Collage, 8 x 10.5" total, ©2015 Lynn Edwards

Above, Holyrood, acrylic, ink, found and hand-painted papers on watercolor paper (visit if interested in acquiring) .               

Lynn says,"Sometimes artistic inspiration comes from strange places. This was true for Holyrood.  One day my husband, who was in the paper recycling business, spotted a very old, tattered volume moving up a conveyor belt toward a shredder. Knowing how much I love vintage books, he snatched it just in time and brought it home to me. It turned out to be an original volume from a series of biographies of eminent Scotsmen, printed in the early 1800s!

One page spoke of Holyrood, the castle where Mary Queen of Scots once resided. I've always been fascinated by that period in history and by that monarch's tragic story. So I used this page as the basis for my collage, using bright, cheerful colors as a sympathetic counterpoint to Mary's life, which was filled with loss and controversy.

Mountains, acrylic, ink, metal and collage
on 7 x 5" watercolor paper
(Collection of Mr. and Mrs. D. Fletcher)  
©2015 Lynn Edwards

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Blaze, acrylic on 12 x 12" gallery wrap canvas ©2015 Lynn Edwards
(Note from Paula: See if interested in acquiring the wonderful painting above. Also be sure to visit Lynn's two sites!) Website:

The mixed-media painting shown below
is called Before the Dawn. It's 7.75" square
on watercolor paper, mounted on a 10"
square cradled wood panel.(Collection of
the artist. Copyright Lynn Edwards.)
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Inks and acrylics

Saturday, August 29, 2015


I love experimenting with techniques, and of course I keep all the examples that I like. Those painted papers are great for original, unique envelopes.

Supplies include a bone folder and glue.

You'll find a pattern in the book, Creating Decorative Paper. A cutting mat is handy in addition to the tools and materials pictured above.

A good set of dimensions might be 4" x 5.5" finished. So you'll need a decorative sheet of paper about 10" x 13". The pattern includes four flaps surrounding the smaller rectangle. You could use an old envelope as your pattern.

Score the paper using the bone folder. Run it along the ruler edge where the flaps will fold. If your paper is too dark to write on later, glue in a white or light-colored insert where the message will go.

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Scoring to create clean folds.
 If the other side of the envelope (where you address it) is dark, paint the return address area and the address area with white gesso or light-colored paint.
When you're ready to mail the envelope, glue on a small
rectangle of painted paper to seal, or use a store-bought
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White areas for addresses.
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A back side, ready to go!

Saturday, August 22, 2015


I've done many posts about various kinds of resists (glue, soap, wax, and more). This is one of my favorites!
The process appears in four photographed steps in a book I co-authored, Painting with Mixed Media. 
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It's really a beautiful book.
First, use heavy white paper. A smooth, thick watercolor paper is wonderful for this.
If you wish to sketch your design first, do so very lightly in pencil.
Next, use thick white tempera paint, applied wherever you wish the finished work to be white. (It's a challenge at times to only paint in lines and shapes in reverse, so to speak, since most of us are so used to working with darker lines first. But stick to highlights and lighter areas with the white tempera.)
Thirdly (is that a word?!), when the white tempera is dry, cover the entire piece with a coat of permanent black India ink. Apply it gently with a wide brush and let dry.
Lay the paper into a sink of cold water and gently sponge it until the tempera paint lifts off, taking the black ink with it. You're left with a black and white design reminiscent of a woodcut, perhaps.
This example was enhanced with washes of watercolors, but you can use inks, thinned acrylic paint, or pastels to add color if desired. 
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Simple, but I loved the process!

Saturday, August 15, 2015


Tonking : Sounds a bit erotic, doesn’t it? 
But I used the technique to create painted
paper for a mixed-media work. 

Mashing paper onto an overworked painting is a way to remove excess paint (usually oils). But I was painting over an old canvas and wanted papers to add as collage, so I applied acrylics to the substrate heavily and “tonked” before they were completely dry.

The paper pulloff was rather nice (a monoprint) in itself, but I tore pieces to add to the substrate.
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The finished collage - painting.
Oil painters often use plain newsprint for tonking, but do try papers with text, too!
(My tonking paper for this project was white drawing paper.) I love that word: Tonking!
I also stamped the canvas in a few places and added depth by painting a shadow effect to some shapes.