This Wendy Proctor Art painting was created using acrylic inks and collage.
Inspired by summer gardens, wild flower meadows and dancing butterflies. The colours are vibrant and reflect the beauty of the British countryside.
I love experimenting with different art techniques. Here I describe the evolution and techniques used in my Poppies and Butterflies painting.
- Using 140lb HP paper, spray paper with water two thirds of the way up.
- Acrylic ink was was dropped into the wetted area (I used Schmincke Aero Colour Inks – Prussian Blue, Turquoise Blue, Primary Magenta, Red Madder Dark, Olive Green)
- A Piece of Cartridge Paper was placed over the top of the wetted area, and then pressed down using a roller.
- The Cartridge paper was then immediately removed
- Whilst the paper was still damp, and using a ‘wet wipe’, the colour was was dragged up from the painted area into the un-wetted area at the top of the page.
- The work was then left to dry out completely.
- Butterfly shapes were created by placing small dots of Acrylic ink onto one side of a folded small piece of matte photographic paper which was then pressed down, and the shape created on both sides of the fold.
- Once dry, the Butterfly shapes were cut out.
- On the now dry background, poppies were painted using undiluted Acrylic inks. ( I again used Schmincke Aero Colours – Primary Magenta, Scarlet, Phthalo Green, Violet, Prussian Blue )
- Additional detail was added using both Black and White Fine Liner pens.
- Additional diluted washes of of Acrylic ink were then added to the background and allowed to run down to the bottom of the page, in order to create the impression of stems.
- The cut out Butterflies were then attached to the painting using a Glue Stick
- Finally, detail was added to the Butterflies using Fine Liner pen.
This painting then inspired me to create Fennel, another mixed media study.