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Its all about the Base…

Its all about the Base…

So what are you favorite things to paint on..

I used to love canvas..but it has lost its allure for me, I’m not sure why…this is on canvas..and I love how the texture shows through..but I think it is the soft or pliable nature that goes against the need for a very hard surface that I am enjoying painting on now..


I love watercolor paper, either big sheets or little Aceo cards. I love the way it has some strength and rigidity, and how it absorbs so beautifully.



I love painting on mixed media paper as well..I love using a brayer on it and how it has the slightest texture and is not very rigid but flexible.


I love painting on drift wood, with its smooth yet  uneven surface.  I love painting rings around it in colorful bold stripes.

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..but my all time fav is plywood..I love the hard surface..the characteristic grain of the wood..the discrepancies within the grain..the affordability of it..and the large sizes you can buy..also how you can use it for many things..a table top for creating..a coffee table top..a wall hanging or art pieces..or just use it to build things after it is painted..try it with a found piece of plywood..you’ll love it..!


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“Technique of the Week” featuring Iris Fritschi-Cussens


Iris is a wonderful Mixed Media artist that shares many wonderful techniques on her You Tube channel. I found Iris by seeing some of her videos on Facebook..and quickly looked up some of her other videos.  She has a gift for sharing new and unique ideas and techniques and I always walk away inspired.

My name is Iris, I am a London-based mixed media artist. I live in the heart of London with my beautiful family (husband, 2 boys & 1 cat).

I am passionate about mixed media art, art journaling and inspiring people to be free to create the way they are meant to create and shine the way they are meant to shine! Self-actualisation & (female) empowerment through art is something very close to my heart and I can talk about it for hours!

My art includes heavily textured backgrounds, bright colours, shabby & grungy elements, uplifting or inspiring phrases, faces & cute girls. (this is always changing as I discover new and exciting techniques and ways of pushing my style forward!)

My site & blog are at http://iris-impressions.com