Sharlena Wood
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No Dry Media Ground? No Problem!

Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. Referring to lesson #1 in the class, you can still explore the drawing & painting mixed media process even if you can't find any Dry Media/Pastel Ground. That acrylic medium is literally a matte and toothy product designed to help with drawing on paint. However, if you use a paper with a good tooth, and experiment with light acrylic washes (in a water-colour style), you should be aok. You can also use a Matte Polymer Medium mixed in with your acrylic paint, or as a layer on top of your painting (allow each layer to dry), which should help create enough tooth for most drawing materials. You can also use watercolours instead of acrylics! :) Is the piece for sale? No What advice would you give someone starting this project? The trick is to avoid any glossy areas of paint, so that the drawing materials will apply nicely without skipping. You don't have to use the charcoal powder - you can go right from painting to the drawing part. I have found that in addition to mood and supporting eraser techniques, the charcoal does help soften up the surface and is nice to draw on, however, it truly is not necessary in the grand scheme of things (I am a little biased, since I love the effect :) Try it with and without, and see what you like best!

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Sharlena Wood made No Dry Media Ground? No Problem! with:

Painting Wildlife: Acrylic & Mixed Media

Online Class

Painting Wildlife: Acrylic & Mixed Media

with Sharlena Wood

  • Acrylic Paint

Project Description

Share a little about the materials, processes and techniques used to create this piece. Referring to lesson #1 in the class, you can still explore the drawing & painting mixed media process even if you can't find any Dry Media/Pastel Ground. That acrylic medium is literally a matte and toothy product designed to help with drawing on paint. However, if you use a paper with a good tooth, and experiment with light acrylic washes (in a water-colour style), you should be aok. You can also use a Matte Polymer Medium mixed in with your acrylic paint, or as a layer on top of your painting (allow each layer to dry), which should help create enough tooth for most drawing materials. You can also use watercolours instead of acrylics! :) Is the piece for sale? No What advice would you give someone starting this project? The trick is to avoid any glossy areas of paint, so that the drawing materials will apply nicely without skipping. You don't have to use the charcoal powder - you can go right from painting to the drawing part. I have found that in addition to mood and supporting eraser techniques, the charcoal does help soften up the surface and is nice to draw on, however, it truly is not necessary in the grand scheme of things (I am a little biased, since I love the effect :) Try it with and without, and see what you like best!

Q&A with Sharlena Wood

flowerpow1625319 asked:
I would love to have a chance to learn this technique!!i love painting wildlife!
Sharlena Wood answered:
I hope you got a chance to sign up :) I am really honoured to be sharing my approach ... it is unconventional, but my approach is to support your own unique expression of what you love! It's so very mutual!
shrnhbs@aol.com asked:
I love this bird picture! How can I learn how to do this?
Sharlena Wood answered:
It's a similar process as discussed in the Painting Wildlife: Acrylic & Mixed Media class :)
belleofqu1129852543 asked:
Love the colours! Can a novice achieve a decent finished painting?
Sharlena Wood answered:
Absolutely, yes! I do recommend regular drawing for all artists, as the only true way to better drawing and foundation skills, however ... I recommend that when learning techniques such as this class, to get the proportions down using a light table or another method of transferring, then you can focus on exploring, experimenting and having fun with the process :)
skbell2321457387836 asked:
How do you erase the paint? What do you use? What is charcoal powder?
Sharlena Wood answered:
Using a white vinyl eraser, I eraser the charcoal powder (which is a fine charcoal dust rather than a charcoal stick) to reveal the colours of the painting beneath.
Capedread asked:
I would love to buy your wildlife in Acrylics and mixed media but can't acess the lessons very well is there a chance that you could send me the lessons to download and view in my own time? my biggest problem is downloading from internet costs me a fortune as I don't have broadband and have tried to access lessons via our local library but the connection is so slow is really hard to view :( thanks Diana
Sharlena Wood answered:
Hi Diana, I have access to streaming the same way you do - I do not believe there are downloads available. I will forward this message to Craftsy, and post again any advice then reply with! :)