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The Artistic Journey of Mixed Media Art: Copper Image

Art has a unique way of turning everyday materials into something extraordinary. In the case of "Copper Image," a captivating mixed-media artwork, Pat Kochan combines watercolor, acrylic, and foil collage techniques to create something truly special. Let's take a closer look at how this beautiful piece came to life.

Mixed Media Art: Copper Image by Pat Kochan
Copper Image by Pat Kochan

Copper Image is a mixed media piece made with Watercolor, Acrylic, Foil Collage on Watercolor Board. The size is 30” x 40”.

Artistic Process

The under painting is abstract shapes in watercolor on cold press watercolor board. I glued aluminum foil into the shape of a scroll. I crunched it and melded it into various shapes; being very careful to leave the hole in the middle looking through to the original watercolor

under painting. After it dried, I layered various yellow reds, and orange and burnt umber for the darks acrylic paint. I added modeling paste to make transition from foil to paper with a palette knife. Then painted warm colors to denote gold leaf effect.

I love this piece because it is an opaque scroll against the transparent watercolor under painting.

I burnished the foil with ochers, raw sienna and quinacridone burnt orange and gold. I used browns and brought blues over some of the gold to give a metal greenish look.

View more of Kochan's Gold Leaf Paintings here:


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