Bright Paint Speckled on My Toes

Before I even started blogging, I took photos of my paintings in progression.

I would print, just on printer paper, so I could make corrections on that paper, before I put my brush on watercolor paper or canvas again.

This is how the progression looked. You really aren’t seeing all the steps, but here’s what I have.


I applied the acrylic paint with a wide wet brush in layers. Then, applied the paint on the background trees with a palette knife.

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Front trees came next. I placed contact paper, where I didn’t want leaves. The leaves were made from Masa Paper (I painted with acrylic paint), which I use often in my watercolor paintings.Then brushed on thick gel medium, where I wanted leaves.


Here’s where my photos skipped a lot of steps. The leaves were dropped on the wet gel medium, then coated with the same medium. That was done in about 3 to 4 steps. It really gave a textured look.  The contact paper was peeled away on the 2nd or 3rd step. I wanted the sky to shine through.. Then I splattered like crazy. That was the fun part.  My toes were covered in bright paint specs.

I will have more progression and techniques in the future. Please subscribe, and you’ll see them soon.

© 2011 by Kathryn Marks. All rights reserved


About Kathryn Marks

I'm a watercolor artist , but my most recent paintings are acrylic and watercolor acrylic collage. I love to paint bright rich colors with dark contrasts with my inspiration being the beautiful nature of the Northwest. Now I'm surrounded by oak and pine trees in another country called Texas. © 2016-2017 by Kathryn Marks. All rights reserved

One comment

  1. Marisa M.

    Oh Kathryn, so beautiful your website, and informative; thanks for sharing! Artists love to see what other artists are doing………….
    no we won’t get sick of looking at your paintings!….

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