Archive for March, 2013

Acrylic painting on wood

March 27, 2013 1 comment

New medium for this last course: wood. This medium absorbs the paint which dries therefore faster … even working in thicknesses as I do every time. For the first time, I ended up with a relatively dry paint.


Creation – acrylic on wood

I especially liked the inspiration provided by the plank. No blank page, but already drawing shapes, history from which create new shapes.

I finished the course by experimenting new painting techniques: brushstrokes, tapping, mixed colors (yellow – blue – white), scratching the paint with a pencil …

ForêtForest – acrylic on paper

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3 baby Hedehogs to celebrate spring

March 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Waiting for spring, some new watercolor designs added in Toon’s shop.




Hérissons - Manger Jouer Dormir
Eat Play Sleep

You can find them in both shops Spreadshirt or Zazzle:

From Canada / USA

Eat Play

Little nap Eat

From France / Europe

Jeu coques case-mate Petit somme de bébé bouteilles

Eat assiettes Jouer

Dormir Manger

Acrylic on wet canvas

March 14, 2013 Leave a comment

A new technique discovered this week: paint on wet canvas. It’s pretty simple.

Just buy the raw unprimed canvas (without coat of gesso) in art store, then soak the canvas under the tap or in a bucket of water. At first the water won’t penetrate the canvas, it must be completely immersed and long enough to get the desired result.

Wet Canvas Painting
Lotus flowers

Once wet, the moisture in the fabric will allow us to mix colors directly on the canvas like watercolor. The paint will soak the canvas and spread into cauliflower. Be careful if you want a clean line, it is better to paint it once the paint is dried.

Wet Canvas Painting

It is possible to fold the wet canvas. Folds will remain once the canvas is dried.

Wet Canvas Painting

I played a lot with the folds to get a cracked, natural effect. Then I worked in thickness to add more dense, brighter colors.

Wet Canvas Painting
Scum and Gold

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Color Mix

March 5, 2013 Leave a comment

Everyone remembers his drawing classes with the color wheel, the primary and secondary colors. However, we end to use more often paintings in tubes without bothering to mix them together: much faster than finding a particular color! So I enrolled in a course to rediscover the colors: color mixing with acrylic painting. That was two weeks ago, a Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. This course helped me reconciling with the mixture of colors. Each new color was a revelation: sea, depths of the ocean, foam, trees, undergrowth, bark, skin. Finally my color swatches seems very poor now!

To start we created a spectrum from white to black to learn how to mix colors with high contrast. With very little black to begin with, and then more and more once the middle gray reaches.

Blanc Noir

From white to black

Then we applied this principle to mix a primary color with black (color folded) or white (color enhanced). Here we have a blue folded (less shades between blue and black) and red magenta enhanced.

Bleu rabattu - Rouge rehaussé

blue folded – red enhanced

Then it was the turn of the color wheel with primary and secondary colors, warm or cool colors. I made a wheel with the primary colors cyan, magenta and yellow. Oli did the same with the colors red, blue and yellow. This gives small variations in the secondary colors such as purple or orange.

Cercle chromatique

Color Wheel

Once the circle made​​, I take some time to play with and enhance some colors obtained.

Couleurs rehaussées

Enhanced colors

Red, yellow, orange are warm colors. Green, blue, purple are cool colors. But a blue-green is warmer than blue-violet. An orange-yellow is warmer than orange-red … Little work on the hot and cold starting from yellow to green and yellow to orange.

Chaud Froid

Yellow from warm to cold

Little discovery: gray is a mixture of a primary color and the secondary color on the opposite side of the circle. We thus obtain the gray (gray lightly tinted) with blue and orange ; red and green ; yellow and purple. But we might as well have the same result with each color and its opposite on the circle. For me, it was more often brown than gray 🙂 It probably lacked a bit of blue in my green.

Rouge Gris Vert

Red- Gray – Green

After gray, brown which is a mixture of three primary colors. The shades are endless. And any enhanced brown could be used as skin color. A little more blue, green or purple for the skin shadows. A little more red, yellow for lighted skin areas.




Skin colors

And finally a festival of color tubes: cadmium green, titanium white, cadmium orange, phthalo green …