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Title: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: MaryAnne Long on July 12, 2015, 02:05:58 AM
This time I tried acrylics on hemp paper.  Works really well.  Hmmm...I might become an acrylic convert.  I think the colors are much more vibrant.


I did the underpainting in deep purple, then used a double-loaded brush (white/different shades of blue) to push four or five petals at a time onto the purple.  Then used a tiny brush to add the yellow ochre dot in the centers.

My leaves and stem are terrible, though.  Don't look at them.

May do the same painting in watercolor on hemp and see which one looks better.


aloha

me
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: jennylynn on July 12, 2015, 08:23:36 AM
great painting in acrylic mea , I have tried acrylic a couple of times easier to work with  O0 I think your leaves and stem don't look that bad  O0 be interesting to see it done in watercolours now
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: Val on July 12, 2015, 09:41:07 AM
 :heeha: This is your BEST hydrangea to date!  O0   The petals/flowers are looking very realistic. Colours are excellent. Well done!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: BeaSue on July 12, 2015, 12:20:07 PM
Mea, I really like this. Beautiful color. Thanks, too, for explaining the process.
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: Happychappy on July 12, 2015, 02:02:34 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Mea, Geez, what a GORGEOUS painting of the hydrangea on hemp paper which incidentally, I have never heard of.  Yes, the colours are very vibrant which I love. Thanks for letting us know your technique in accomplishing this beautiful painting.  I have just purchased a supply of acrylics which I am hoping to try out. I started Nolan's zebra but I am afraid, I made a mess of the background/sky and so it is destined for the bin. I need to practice with it as it is totally different from watercolour. I am so interested to see if you can accomplish the same vibrancy with watercolour.  Please post your findings as it is exciting.  Patricia
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: MaryAnne Long on July 12, 2015, 05:08:00 PM
Thanks, Patricia. 


Here are the two side by side.  No doubt the acrylic is far more vibrant.



It is terribly humid here right now so that may be one reason that the watercolor looks less colorful - still drying.

I still have to work on making more realistic leaves, though.

aloha

mea

Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: MaryAnne Long on July 12, 2015, 05:26:38 PM
Thanks, Val, Susan, Jennylynn, and Patricia for checking out my hydrangea in acrylics.

Patricia - Hydrangeas are the most common flower on Cape Cod - nearly everyone has them in their yards.  My family had more than 100 in ours.  We were the first house in our area and my grandfather gave one to every new family as they moved in.  That was over 60 years ago, so they have really multiplied over the years.

I learned years later that he planted them because they grew as hedgerows in his native Azores.

Our house in 2012   

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: BeaSue on July 12, 2015, 05:46:52 PM
Wow--look at all those hydrangeas!

To acquire the same vibrancy in the watercolor version, you can do detailed, deeper glazes. Do you have any Manganese Blue? You could also apply some masking fluid to some of the areas already painted, to preserve the lightest parts.
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: Happychappy on July 12, 2015, 06:00:54 PM
 :thankyou:  Mea, for posting your findings.  It is so interesting and a good suggestion from Susan. Strangely enough, I always wanted to get into acrylics because of its vibrancy but as fate would have it, had to take watercolour instead and I am not sorry. Lovely to compare the different mediums and to see what they can do.    Patricia
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: MaryAnne Long on July 12, 2015, 06:08:40 PM
Thanks, Patricia.   I love doing the experiments and am happy that my findings are helpful to others.

Thanks, Susan.  Yes, we had hydrangeas!  The new owners of the house are taking good care of them, although many of the plants were lost when the new septic system went in.

I'll add manganese blue to my next art supply order.

I've never put masking fluid on an already-painted surface.  Oh - a new experiment!  I think I will leave this until the humidity goes down - everything is so wet today.

aloha

mea

Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: jennylynn on July 12, 2015, 07:02:36 PM
great experiment mea, now awaiting the next one lol  thanks for sharing really good info  O0
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: Tousabella on July 12, 2015, 07:34:38 PM
Excellent, Sista!!
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: MaryAnne Long on July 12, 2015, 11:05:05 PM
Hey, Retta.  I missed you while I was away.

Looks like w both have to get back in the PB groove.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: ncwren on July 13, 2015, 12:20:56 AM
 :smitten:
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: MaryAnne Long on July 16, 2015, 06:23:59 AM
Discouraging results trying to make the watercolor hydrangea look as good as the acrylic one.

I did not have manganese blue as suggested, so tried to mix a suitable substitute.  The pseudo-blue
 manganese wash ended up washing more color off the painting than it put on. 

I had tried putting some masking fluid on the whites, but the humidity in the air just made it too hard to stick.

I'm beginning to think that acrylics are best for the hemp paper.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: Val on July 16, 2015, 11:47:02 AM
That's a shame Mea. You've probably already tried this, but what about applying a strong wash, very little if any water?
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: MaryAnne Long on July 20, 2015, 05:27:18 AM
Today I experimented with painting my ghost palms in acrylics on hemp paper.


I used the grainy side of the paper for the painting on the left, and the smooth side on the right.

The grainy side seemed to hold the color better.

I used Golden Paint's Quinacridone Gold as the underpainting on both paintings.

I did use Saran Wrap to make the crinkly effect.  I had to work very quickly to keep the paint wet until I got the plastic wrap in place. 

The masking fluid worked beautifully for masking the palms.

I am really happy with these.  Acrylics work better than watercolor for this application.

aloha

mea

Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: BeaSue on July 20, 2015, 12:33:20 PM
Great color and texture, Mea. Especially on the rougher side. I do believe you're onto a fine way to paint a series of these ghost palms. You will be famous all over the  Islands for them!  :)
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: MaryAnne Long on July 20, 2015, 03:11:09 PM
Thanks, Susan.  So far, I have only done very small ones.  Will get brave later in the week and move up to 8 x 10, then 11 x 14.

Onward and upward as I try to find my niche.

aloha

mea

Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: njnjgirl on July 20, 2015, 06:28:49 PM
Love the hydrangea story Mea.  I love hydrangeas, they are really beautiful.     Yours look great done in acrylic.  The ghost palms look good also.
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: MaryAnne Long on July 28, 2015, 01:15:05 AM
Using the "dragging" technique I learned in Nolan's Abstract Sunset in Oil, I tried it with Acrylic on hemp paper for my Ghost Palms series. 


I love it.  The dragged paint went smoothly over the Masking Fluid (Daler Rowney).  Pardon my feeble attempt at mixing a green for the bottom of the painting.  I don't have very many colors in acrylics, but will definitely be buying more!

Now if I could only learn to sign my name.

aloha

mea    Who said I did not think I'd ever like using acrylics?!?

Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 28, 2015, 03:11:13 AM
Loving your ghost palms, Mea - so glad I inspired you with my Maui palm trees - you're really taken this to a whole new level!
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: MaryAnne Long on July 28, 2015, 03:19:19 AM
Thanks, Sharon.  I think the dragged paint is going to make the palms really stand out.

How's the foot?

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: Val on July 28, 2015, 11:16:31 AM
 :heeha: The technique works beautifully with your palms!  O0   

The colours in this one put me in mind of Montserrat, the volcano eruption and the ash coming down.
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: BeaSue on July 28, 2015, 05:05:26 PM
Way cool, Mea! Have you considered anchoring the palm(s) with just a spit of land underneath them (masked, as you have the palm tree)?

Because I tend to paint dark backgrounds a lot, I finally started using a white gel pen to sign my name.
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: ncwren on July 28, 2015, 05:14:44 PM
 This is quite nice Mea  :clap:
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: MaryAnne Long on July 28, 2015, 10:52:58 PM
Thanks, Natalie.  I am having fun with these.

Thanks, Susan.  I tried to make the green look like land to anchor the palm - will try harder.

Thanks, Val.  Hope we have no volcanic eruptions on our island!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: Fiona on July 28, 2015, 11:06:30 PM
What a great effect Mea - love it !!  You have certainly taken to acrylics like a duck to water  ;D

 :clap: :clap: :clap:

Cheers
Fi
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: MaryAnne Long on July 29, 2015, 12:22:50 AM
Quack!  Quack!

Thanks, Fi.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 09, 2015, 02:53:15 AM
Did more experimenting with my Ghost Palms today on Hemp Paper.


The darker one was done by dragging the paint with the credit card.  The lighter one was done by applying the paint with a sponge, then flicking in some grasses with a brush. 

Used an UCHIDA Deco Color Liquid Gold pen to sign my name. This one says "Fine Line" but it really is too wide for these small 4 x 6" paintings.

aloha

mea    Susan, I could not find a white gel pen.   What brand is yours?

Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: sally13 on August 09, 2015, 05:49:56 AM
Good job mea, you are getting quite a collection now.
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 09, 2015, 06:33:42 AM
Thanks, Sally.  I just matted four of them with colored mats.  Look really pretty.

I have a large one (11" x 14") to do for our State representative who is the champion of developing a hemp industry in Hawaii.  I think I am going to try to make it like the lighter (yellowy-gold) one like I did today.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: Val on August 09, 2015, 11:33:18 AM
 :heeha: These are fabulous Mea!  :yippee:    I'm envisioning one of these with light coloured sunset sky, turquoise waters in that lovely abstract style. So many combinations to choose from... this really is exciting!!! I can just imagine the impact of a large scale version.  :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: BeaSue on August 09, 2015, 11:50:17 AM
Mea, these are looking great!!!  :yippee:

I like Val's suggestion about trying some sand, sea, and sky backgrounds, using the same style.

The white pen I have been using is a Sakura Gelly Roll. It has a metal tip, and the ink flows well. I got a 3-pack at WalMart. You can also order them on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Sakura-37488-3-Piece-Blister-Medium/dp/B0077RHJSK/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1439120744&sr=8-5&keywords=jelly+roll+pens (http://www.amazon.com/Sakura-37488-3-Piece-Blister-Medium/dp/B0077RHJSK/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1439120744&sr=8-5&keywords=jelly+roll+pens)
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 09, 2015, 03:22:45 PM
Thanks, Susan.  I'll check it out.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 11, 2015, 02:07:46 AM
I did two 11 x 14" hemp paper acrylics of my Ghost Palms today, hoping to get one good enough to make prints from.  Getting close, but not there yet.

What do they still need?



I like the bottom one best but it has a triangular tear in the paper (left side - just below half way down).  I had tried doing the plastic wrap on the wet paint to give it the crinkly look, but the wrap pulled off the paper.  So, I am going to use this one as my display model in my home  - marked "Not For Sale."

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: BeaSue on August 11, 2015, 02:13:07 AM
Aw, sorry about the tear. I agree that the bolder colors look better. More contrast.
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: BarryC on August 11, 2015, 02:20:36 AM
Hi Mea, these look great, but I do like the bottom one a bit more. I think it would also look great on a coffee mug.
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: Happychappy on August 11, 2015, 10:49:34 AM
Mea I love both your paintings but do agree, that the bottom one is more vibrant and therefore outstanding. Pity about the tear in the paper.  Also, Barry had a good idea about it being on a coffee mug.   


Patricia
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: BeaSue on August 11, 2015, 11:51:16 AM
There are so many companies now that an artist can use to produce products with images of one's art: tote bags, T-shirts, note cards, coffee mugs, shower curtains, luggage tags, etc etc.

As you know, Mea, the one I use is Fine Art America. They handle all the production, payment details, and shipping.
http://fineartamerica.com/ (http://fineartamerica.com/)


Other companies that make things are: Zazzle: http://www.zazzle.com/create] [url]http://www.zazzle.com/create (http://[url)[/url]

and Cafe Press:  http://www.cafepress.com/ (http://www.cafepress.com/) Cafe Press has an amazing array of products.
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: njnjgirl on August 11, 2015, 06:44:58 PM
Wow Mea, your own signature "ghost palm" collection....how cool!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: Val on August 11, 2015, 11:01:23 PM
Well,  ??? I guess I'm the odd one out.... I prefer the top one. I like the vibrancy of the colours in the second one, but I like the technique of the first one better. Not much help here Mea.... I guess I like them both...  :-\ ...but I do prefer the first one!  :D   
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: MaryAnne Long on August 12, 2015, 07:05:32 AM
Thanks, Val.  I actually tweaked the top one today and made it more vibrant.

Mary Lou - Thanks, so far I have done more than 12 Ghost Palms in all different sizes.

Susan - Thanks for the suggestions.  I tweaked the best one and sent it to VistaPrint to have 150 postcards made.  Gotta start somewhere.  I have signed up for Fine Art America and will probably start there after I see how the design looks on the postcards.

Thanks, Patricia.  Actually because I used hemp paper, the water and acrylic paint rebonded it, so the tear doesn't show unless you know where to look (and I won't tell!).

Thanks, Barry.  Hmmmm...mugs!!!  If I make some, I'll send the first one to you!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: vasu on September 18, 2015, 12:50:18 PM
Hi Mea

your Acrylics are great on hemp paper  :gl2: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: Lisa From Oto on September 22, 2015, 08:31:12 AM
Mea they are both great. I do love your ghost palms. I too prefer the bottom one  :smitten: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: Acrylics on Hemp Paper
Post by: nolan on September 22, 2015, 09:03:15 PM
I like the contrasts and detail in the second one. What is missing for me is a transition color between the yellow and purple