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Altoid tin paintings

Blackbird by Stephanie Law

Okay, they are not actually on Altoid tins. I bought some generic blank ones instead, off of ebay. And I decided to make them not-blank. I used Daniel Smith Watercolor Ground. I prepped them first with multiple layers of Ground, getting a very nice textured surface, then painted with watercolors. Afterwards, I sealed them with an acrylic varnish spray (many layers). I only spent about two minutes for a rough sketch on each of these, and then I started painting. They were relatively unplanned, very messy, and a whole lot of fun. Take a look at a time lapsed video …

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Applying Gold Leaf video

Stuff used in this video: * wood panel – Blick Studio 8×8 inch wood panel * watercolors * watercolor ground – Daniel Smith, both clear and opaque * gold leaf sizing – Miniatum ink (the pink stuff in the video) * gold leaf – lagoldleaf.com 24 karat * lots of cheap synthetic brushes Here are some in progress photos for the piece: I sketch directly onto the wood panel. After I’m done with the sketch, I paint over the entire thing with watercolor ground. I keep the watercolor ground fairly thin over the background wood areas, and I add a …

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