Saturday, November 14, 2009

Reverse Painting on Vinyl Class with Chris Cozen in Poway, CA on Halloween Weekend, 2009

Here's Chris Cozen, on the right, busy working explaining the process. This class, at Stamping Details, was much more managable than the Faux Encaustic Class, with only seven students, compared to 18. Nice and quiet and very productive.

This is a sample of the canvas Chris completed of a botanical reverse painting on vinyl, then stapled onto a small canvas.  (Sorry about the annoying flash on the bottom left of it.) Pretty though, isn't it!

Fellow classmates, including my friend Diane in the middle, studiously painting on their squares of vinyl. Diane and one other student took this same class before, but wanted to try it again.

I selected one of Chris Cozen's own stamps of a flower to use as one of my botanical images. First I traced the flower onto the vinyl with a white Sharpie Poster Paint Maker. We used fine and very fine. I selected pink and orange as my color choices and ended up using Quinacrinone Magenta and Pyrrole Orange and added Hansa Yellow Light and for the center and Ultramarine Blue for the highlights. I used only Golden Fluid Acrylic paints.

When you flip over the vinyl, this is what you see!!

I kept adding more and more layers of magenta and orange to get a more intense color. The white lines are from the Shapie Poster Paint Marker. I used a toothpick to subtract a bit of paint to create some clear lines in the flower. Then I painted the blue over the lines to give the flower some added depth. I also used the toothpick to make the little circles in the center of the flower, then painted orange over them. During the entire process, you have to keep flipping the piece of vinyl over to see what it looks like on the other side, since that will show the finished outcome.

Here's the finished flower!!

I used Ultramarina Blue, Cobalt Teal, Turquois Phthalo to paint the background. The palette knife naturally left some clear lines, so I added Indian Yellow and Magenta Light to fill them in and add some texture.

Here's is the same flower stamp created by Chris Cozen, but traced twice on the piece of vinyl  This is what it looks like on the bottom as I painted it. I added the Quin Magenta first and let it dry, then added the Pyrrole Orange and let that dry. I added Hansa Yellow Light for the center of the flower and Cobalt Teal to give the petals highlights. Each of the pieces shown here will fit on a 4"x4" canvas.

This is what it looks like with the vinyl flipped over. No need to add varnish, since the paint is on the bottom, which faces the canvas. Any mistakes can be washed off with a spritz of alcohol.

Here's the double flower all done!

I used the same colors already mentioned, since I created them to go together as a set. Note how different it looks with the background colors added in!

Here's Chris's pomegrante stamp, traced onto vinyl with a few layers of paint.

Here's how it looks after I used a toothpick to subtract some paint to make little circles and add Cobalt Teal over it. My detail work isn't very good here, but I love the colors.

Here's how the Pomegrante looks all done!

The background was so easy to paint. All I did was take some paint and use a palette knife to spread it over the vinyl surrounding the image. I added a touch of yellow for highlights. It couldn't have been easier. It's important to allow each layer to dry before adding the next layer of paint.

Here's how the Monkeytails stamp by Chris looks from the back after I painted the Quin. Magenta and Pyrrole Orange over the image. (It's upside down.)

                                    Here's how it looks when it's finished!

I enjoyed the process so much, I stopped at a Joanne's fabric store on the way home from class and picked up one yard of clear vinyl for about $5.00.  I'm planning to create a few more botanical paintings like this, but on a much larger scale with a lot more details.

I hope you enjoyed my class trip by way of Blog. Feel free to ask any questions or leave a comment. Thanks for stopping by! Nina/Ruthie


  1. I've never seen this process so for me it was a lot of fun to study the pictures. Thanks for sharing. I would love to take one of her classes. :)Bea

  2. Thanks, Bea! Chris will be teaching some sort of class online in Jan 2010, but I haven't heard any details yet. She teaches somewhere in Southern California most weekends all year long.

  3. So much to learn, so little time to do it. wow, Nina, you are a blaze with energy and creativity! See you soon. If you can bring stuff to share.

  4. I have never seen painting on vinyl like this. The colors were so rich and radiated joy. This looks like so much fun. Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. I've always likes the samples for this class, but never tried it. Your projects look really cool, Nina!

  6. Hi Sally, I'll bring my stuff on Thursday! Can't wait to see what you've been up to.

    Thanks, Elizabeth. The class was totally fun and really easy. I kept is simple with a small design, easy to trace. I used my favorite colors in these and really enjoyed painting this way.

    Thanks,Julie! Painting on vinyl was easy and fun. I'm definitely going to make some more. The class was extreme fun!

  7. Nina, this is so beautiful! The colors are intense. You are a natural artist. Got the gift of color choices. Love it!

  8. wow! this looks so fun! thanks for sharing.
    p.s. found you via twitter via a Spampington RT post (-;

  9. Aww thanks, Kat! You're very sweet to say so. I'm naturally attracted to bright colors and Chris helped me select using everything you see on this post.

    Thanks, Artfully. Painting on vinyl is total fun and I fully recommend it!

  10. Found you through Experimental Acylics group. What a neat technique and what great results you produced of the flower and pomegranate. This looks like a lot of fun to try! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Thanks, Gina and Jean!! I appreciate everyone taking the time to leave a commment!