Tag Archives: mixed media

Melancholy – portrait

Back in January when the hyporthyroidism was at it’s worst I was painting these little acrylic paintings on 6 by 6 inch pieces of board. This was a few weeks before I stopped drawing and painting all together. Last night, I dug a few of them out and began reworking, exploring and adding in some finer detail with ink and coloured pencils. Basically… just playing to see what the effects of layering different media one on top of the other would end up looking like.

I think this is the first time that I’ve ever used coloured pencil over top of acrylic. I like the result but despise the inked in eyelashes on this sad man and am tempted to blacken them in forever!

Medium – Kroma Artist Acrylic, Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens and Prismacolor on Masonite board


Title – Infinessence
Artist – Jessica Doyle
Medium – Drawn with Faber Castel india ink on vintage wallpaper I salvaged from my home
Size – 8×8 inches (20,3cm by 20,3cm).
Date of creation – September 2009

I couldn’t bare to throw out all the wallpaper we took off the walls. Much of it came off in large sheets; big enough to draw upon. I rolled it up, bagged it and saved it. The bottom most layer of wallpaper dates back to Circa 1920.

The Original is listed.

Knowledge no.1 & no.2 – Exploring the Traditional and Digital Mediums

Last year I was fortunate enough to acquire two printers. Since then, the task of scanning and digitizing my original artwork has consumed much of my waking hours. Each original needs to be scanned at a minimum of 300dpi. I scan at 800 to 1200dpi to achieve maximum quality. If you scan at a higher resolution you can also enlarge the final output of the piece without losing detail. But if you only scan at 300dpi you can’t enlarge it without losing quality. ‘Tis the way with raster based art.

close-up of Knowledge no.1 - original collage illustration by artist Jessica Doyle

Continuing from the last post

This brings me to the prints being produced using this new technology; new to me anyways. In the past I scanned in artwork and coloured that artwork in Adobe Photoshop or redrew it in Adobe Illustrator if it was perhaps a black ink drawing on white paper for producing a final print. Or, I scanned in the artwork and printed it so that it appeared identical to the original watercolour or acrylic painting.

close-up of Knowledge no.1 - original collage illustration by artist Jessica Doyle

I’ve got these stacks of prints you know. And I’d never actually done anything with them except print, trim, title, sign, date, number if it was a limited edition, package and ship off.

Knowledge no.2 - original collage illustration by artist Jessica Doyle

I do plan on producing Limited Edition hand embellished and coloured prints that are on watercolour paper using a few of the many black ink drawings I’ve rendered over the years.

But I’d never actually drawn on a print to make it an original illustration or collage. NEVER. These are the first two. There are more to come… I’ve been busy! Woot! :)

close-up of Knowledge no.2 - original collage illustration by artist Jessica Doyle

Knowledge no.1 and Knowledge no.2 explore both traditional and ancient ways of acquiring knowledge. Part of the process to create these two collages was to use two prints as the basis from the Mushrooms (Pastel Edition) series.

close-up of Knowledge no.2 - original collage illustration by artist Jessica Doyle


  1. Ledger paper for it’s numerical use in business. Numbers are a universal language.
  2. Moleskine insert paper for their illustrations of books and it’s universal acceptance from artists as a premium surface to draw upon.
  3. Yellow acid free Manilla paper for peace
  4. Grey acid and lignon free Canson paper for it’s superior cotton quality and calming effect
  5. Mushroom prints for their ancient pathway to gather and understand the world around us.
  6. Original Tree ink drawings for growth. These little drawings began as ACEO‘s. I cut them out 😉
  7. Micron Pens and Faber Castell Pitt Artists pens
  8. Archival glue for assembly
  9. And a few very sharp knives to cut it all out with.

Final Size of each collage is 8×8 inches / 20,3cm by 20,3cm.

Both original collages are available in the original art section of the shop.

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