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Sea shells - Mixed media canvas using tubby ink pads

 Hi there

This is design team member Priyadarshini here with my first project this year. Before we start I would like to wish everyone a very Happy new year from Tubby team and me. 

Tubby inks are so versatile that we can use them for mixed media projects too apart from ink blending, watercolouring. I love to experiment a lot and I decided to use Tubby ink pads and make a mixed media project. For this I used Tubby ink pads and stencils along with Gesso and texture paste. 

I had fun making this project and below is a video tutorial and pictures. 

I coated the canvas using white gesso and after it dried I stenciled the canvas using Scallop cloud and mixed media paste. I invertes this stencil, so I get a wave kind a design. 
After this layer is dry, I used crackle paste and Crack it stencil and let it dry.
I started adding up embellishments like gauze,broken pieces of card,shell moulds and chippies I had in my stash. 
For more texture, I added sand texture paste along the moulds.
Before adding the colours, I applied another coat of white gesso and let it dry. 

I used Chinese blue ink first and added to the base using a blending tool. I took lots of ink and started dabbing them across the mould and sprayed water so they can move well. 
I immediately heat set it so I can repeat the process again three times to get a darker effect. 
Next, I used Liliac purple ink and repeated the same process. 

For more depth to the moulds, I used Olive green ink. I dabbed the ink pad to an acrylic block and added it using a brush. 
Once they are completely dry, I used Mustard yellow ink with an old make up and went along the canvas. I went very light handed and this helps in enhancing the details. 

To finish it up, I did dry brush technique with white Gesso. 

Products used

Ink pads




Hope you all liked the project and give it a try soon. 

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