Acrylic/WC Mixed Media Flower Workshop May 13

Pink Radiance

Saturday, May 13 10am – 3pm (one hour for lunch)

Held at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan, Irving TX 75061 (home of the Irving Art Association)

Create beautiful abstract flowers!

Start loosely and playfully with transparent watermedia, then create a whimsical design with negative painting and your favorite mark-making tools.


Watermedia – bring your choice of liquid acrylics, acrylic inks, Golden High Flow acrylics,  tube watercolors (sorry, pans are too wimpy) and/or alcohol inks (the last is not permanent).

Bring one tube of white acrylic. (Instructor will bring other colors)

Your choice of mark-making tools – could be acrylic markers, regular markers (not usually permanent), sharpies (not permanent), colored pencils, watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, gelatos or gel sticks (not permanent), graphite pencils, pastel sticks or pencils, oil pastels, etc. Bring what you have but I recommend purchasing a white sharpie.

Joie De Vivre

Bring one 11×14 or 12×12 canvas or canvas board. Instructor will also supply one small sheet of yupo. You can also bring a small watercolor or acrylic painting you want to transform.

Other tools: Brushes in different sizes, water container, paper towels, and apron. Droppers or pipettes, and dipping pen or calligraphy pen if you have one.

For inspiration, bring pictures of flowers, vases and simple patterns. The instructor will also bring ideas for patterns and extra supplies.

Register by emailing or calling 972-570-7565 or by PayPal payment. Cost: $45 ($40 for IAA members). Pay by check or PayPal below to the instructor Sharon Giles:

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IAA Member $40.00 USD
Nonmember $45.00 USD

Here’s an example of an old painting transformed by some of the same techniques:


Negative Painting Floral Transformation

I am a long-time fan of negative painting, and it’s a technique that I use to rescue or enhance my paintings. One of my favorite artist instructors is Linda Kemp. Check out her use of negative painting at My favorite local instructor who teaches this technique is Maureen Brouillette. Her nationally-known father Al Brouillette wrote “The Evolving Picture: How to Manipulate Your Paints Until you Get a Painting You Like”. If you can find this book, buy it!


Recently I took an online course “Painting flowers in mixed media from imagination” from Sandrine Pellissier at and it inspired me to develop this painting. She starts her abstract design from scratch, then applies negative painting and drawing embellishment to finish the design.  For an explanation of her technique, go to

FloralTapestryprocess1Rather than start from a new abstract design, I decided to look through my extensive pile of “failed” watercolors to find a victim to experiment with her technique. It was an old flower painting that I was no longer attached to, so I decided to stick with the floral theme. The first step was to identify interesting shapes that could become flowers, leaves, a vase, or something organic. I drew my selections with a violet colored pencil, looking to create interesting shapes. The center of the flower became a shape on its own, perhaps the focal point of the painting.



The next step was the painting of the background in white (a mix of white acrylic, gesso, medium, and water). This the “negative” technique that creates the positive design. The white puts a glow back into the composition.


FloralTapestryprocess3Next I drew connecting stems to gather the shapes into a bouquet still life. For embellishment, I used purple colored pencil on the “roses” to draw a abstract contour lines. I used black crayon and green colored pencil on the leaves to draw lines. I moved traces of yellow, pink and green around the white background. I used some pink pencil in the central “mum.” I used light yellow-green acrylic to paint the implied table top and some of the leaves and organic shapes. I painted the neck of the vase and striped the body with gold acrylic ink. Then I used the gold to paint around the shapes, which had a further flattening effect on the design. Next I used black crayon on the vase stripes and signed it.

The I scanned the finished version and looked at it on the screen. I decided to paint out a leaf for better balance. So is “Floral Tapestry” finished? I’m taking it for critique.