Texture Play with Acrylic and Pastel: Mixed Media Butterfly | Niki Hilsabeck | Skillshare

Texture Play with Acrylic and Pastel: Mixed Media Butterfly

Niki Hilsabeck, Artist from Fallbrook, California

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8 Videos (51m)
    • Introduction

    • Preparing your Surface

    • Quick Draw: Butterfly Form

    • Blocking in Acrylic Darks

    • Adding Yellows and Greens

    • Acrylic Wash

    • Adding Acrylic Flowers

    • Pastel Overlay


About This Class

Enjoy this hands-on method of combining an acrylic palette knife painting with a layer of soft pastel to create your own textured butterfly painting!

Using a square piece of watercolor paper, you'll go through the following stages:

  • Preparing your paper with gesso
  • Sketching in your butterfly form
  • Creating an acrylic underpainting with a palette knife
  • Layering on soft pastel for texture
  • Adding desired changes/details with a brush and water or thin layer of paint

No fixative needed for this class!  You'll be using the following materials:

  • watercolor or mixed media paper
  • acrylic paints (cadmium red, cadmium yellow medium, cadmium yellow light, ultramarine blue, pthalo blue), gesso, medium palette knife
  • palette or cups for paint (a paper plate works too!)
  • thin brush
  • water
  • board
  • masking tape
  • student-grade soft pastels (red, yellow, black, green, yellow-green, magenta or pink, white optional)
  • Butterfly template (optional-- see attachment)

Please note: I have listed this class as intermediate level, but if you are a beginner and would like to try it as well I am more than happy to help you through the process as you need it! 





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Niki Hilsabeck

Artist from Fallbrook, California

I'm an artist from Fallbrook, California.  I have spent many years teaching, painting, and writing.  I especially love to teach children!


                                   Layered wet and dry pastel on gessoed watercolor paper

Why I love pastels:

Soft pastels are so versatile!  I can use them dry, brush them with water, layer them over acrylic, o...

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