How to Hand Embellish a Giclee Print



Last week on the Art Blog, I demonstrated “A Portrait Drawing
In that demo I said “After the drawing is completed and signed, it is printed on canvas (giclee print) and then hand embellished.”

Embellishment Process

Today I’m sharing my video  “How to hand embellish a digital painting, printed on canvas.”

Once that painting or drawing is printed on the canvas and stretched, I then add texture to the piece.

This turns the giclee print into an original digital painting or as I refer to it  “a digital original.”

Texture is added to the canvas surface with acrylic gel medium.

Painting Medium

Acrylic Gloss Medium – Utrecht

My process is to add the acrylic gel medium using both paintbrush and painting knife. At times, my hand spends more time on the canvas surface with the acrylic medium,  than either brush or knife. (This is the part that truly turns this piece into an original painting.)

I also add acrylic paint  into areas on the canvas to strengthen or compliment the color.

There are never two pieces that are embellished the same.

Therefore each time the image is printed and hand embellished it becomes an original painting.

Each piece is signed in the computer and then again hand signed on the backside of the canvas.

Digital Painting vs Traditional Painting

My process in either digital or traditional painting is to begin the piece with a hand drawing that I draw directly from the model.

The model can be sitting in front of me, or I use photos that I have taken of the model or subject.

I always begin each piece with a drawing. Why? Because it helps me loosen up and become familiar with my subject.

The point that I am stressing, is that my process of using a digital art studio (Corel Painter 11 and 12) is no different than my process of traditional painting.

Corel Painter 12

Corel Painter 12

I do not use any auto painting digital processes. No the computer does not paint for me.

I do it all by hand and the benefit is…I’m not troubled with paint fumes, air circulation problems, paint rags and toxic materials.

How fortunate I am to be skilled at today’s incredible advanced methods of painting.  😎

The Actual Painting Process

Corel Painter - desktop

My Corel Painter 12  “Digital Painting Studio”

I choose brushes and brush sizes that closely resemble those that I traditionally use to paint.

Flat bristle brushes are my preference. I then select oil paints and colors.

Next I choose how opaque I want those pigments. This option is just like adding turpentine or painting medium to the paint as I mix my paint colors.

There you have it. Why I prefer today’s exciting digital painting process. Have you tried it?

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Digital Drawing

Digital Drawing on Computer • ©Jacobson


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