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I have been having fun teaching an acrylic class at the Morton Arboretum. We’ve been working on creating depth in backgrounds by layering and using various texturing techniques. It’s an opportunity to play without the pressure to create a “masterpiece”. I’ve been utilizing techniques I learned from John Cody, watercolor moth painter extraordinaire, as well as other bits and pieces I’ve picked up over the years. One watercolor technique that worked surprisingly well was using plastic shopping bags on top of the wet paint. Here are two stages of one of the backgrounds, followed by a more subtle use of bags.  The last two backgrounds utilize layers without bags.

I love how the colors interact with each other and if I don’t like the result, I can paint over it!