Painting The Sky

Sky Background Upside Down

I’ve decided to be brave and started my new painting. It’s the one of the beautiful tree with a hidden surprise. My art instructor suggested I use ultramarine blue at the top and cerulean blue at the bottom for the sky — both mixed with white, of course.

Yes. The canvas is upside down.

I started painting the sky in class. I mixed together one of the blues with a generous helping of white, then added a dab of Acrylic Glazing Liquid to increase the open time (in other words, make the paint dry slower, so I could blend). But it just wasn’t working.

So, I brought the canvas home and tried again. I added a bit more AGL and some water. This just made a mess.


Then I decided to read the bottle. I’m sure you can tell where I’m headed.

Apparently, if you’re wanting to increase the blendability of your acrylics, you need to use a 1:1 ratio of AGL to paint. Oooooo! Guess it helps if I use enough, huh?

So, once I figured that out, the colors blended together beautifully. Now, time to draw the tree…

Art Supplies You Need To Create Your Art Journal

After reading Leslie’s list of the materials you need to create your own art journal, I thought I’d take a few snapshots of what I have.

Art Journaling Supplies

So far, in this photo, I have several tubes of Liquitex heavy body acrylics in several colors, which I pulled from Color Mixing Recipes book by William Powell, a calligraphy pen, a set of black PITT pens and a box of Derwent pencils I bought a 100 years ago.

More Art Journaling Supplies

In this photo, you can see all the brushes I’ve been collecting over the years and the palette knives I’ve bought recently. (I love painting with palette knives. When I was a kid, I painted a toy bear on canvas with a palette knife and oils, but I don’t know what happened to it.)

I’ve also purchased a few Golden products, some ink pads and a whole pile of other stuff I can’t remember now that I’m sitting in front of the computer.

Now, let’s see what I can create with this…

My First Attempts At Art

I started taking art lessons when I was around 10 or 11 years old. The watercolor below is one of the first art attempts I made during that time. As I find more pieces, I’ll photograph and show them to you. :) And while you’re looking, I’d love to see some of your first art pieces.

Mushroom Watercolor