imprintsallmixed media extravaganza on 4X4″ canvases

Oh how I love to experiment!  So I’ve been indulging myself lately.  In particular, trying out my acrylic mediums in new ways, inspired by, at the moment, Lisa Cyr, mixed media artist/teacher whose on line course, “Within the Layers:  Inspirational Mixed Media Techniques” I’m taking through  Lisa is the author of two books, Art Revolution and Experimental Painting.

Above are some beginnings on small canvases which give me a chance to try out ideas without spending a lot of time on each one. I’m going for a kind of antique patina and organic feel, maybe even buried treasure reclaimed by the earth and time.

imprint1handmade stamp debossed into wet texture paste, dried and glazed with acrylics

I love the fossil-y look created here with a bit of decalcomanie to add interest.

imprints3same process as above

The above two pieces were developed with further glazes after the initial ones in the first picture.  I felt like an archeologist uncovering treasured remains!



  1. Really dark and moody but oh so cool! I can see why they feel like fossils. You close up is so wet and juicy, but further away looks more dried. How does this book compare to “Acrylic Revolution”?


    1. Acrylic Revolution features different mixed media artists whereas Experimental Painting is about Lisa Cyr’s work with some step by step demos and overviews of approaches taken by contemporary mixed media artists. She is very much an illustrator so many of the techniques are driven by that.


  2. whoah this blog is fantastic i love reading your posts.

    Keep up the great work! You know, a lot of people are hunting around for this info, you can help them greatly.


  3. Thank you SO MUCH for the information about the course you are taking. I have been looking for courses like this for quite some time but they have eluded me.

    Your art is beautiful and I love your newsletter. Thanks again!!

    Volya Moskin


  4. Susan, check out the photos taken from space by the Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield whihc has just returned from five months at the space station. I thought of your fossil paintings, and think you will enjoy his images.


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