Acrylic on Canvas - 22 x 18


Nadia is an original mixed-media collage painting, and part of the Glitter Gals paint series, created in 2018-2019.

The painting was completed in a series of stages, creating unique textures, and enhancing the beauty of this painting.


  • Stage 1: Collage - variety of papers, glue, and gel medium over a prepared canvas.
  • Stage 2: Background - a series of brush strokes, and painting techniques using various acrylic paint pigment blends.
  • Stage 3: Subject painting - the portrait is sketched with pastel crayon, and with glue gun, then textured with modeling paste, then painted with acrylic paint.
  • Stage 4: Metal, fabric, and other accessories, such as false eyelashes, are added for texture, as well as to enhance characteristics of the painting subject. 
  • Stage 5: Shadowing with acrylic paint, and glitter is added to the painting for sparkle.
  • Stage 6: Acrylic pouring medium is added to give the subject of the painting shine, and to seal the accessories of the collage.

The process to create this painting takes about 3 to 5 days to complete. The painting can be hung with or without framing.

The accessories, fabric, and glitter used in the painting are a tribute to my mother, who passed away in September of 2017.

Nadia is the seventh painting in the mixed-media collage series, created by Deborah Marsh of Debbie's Living Canvas.

Nadia, Mixed-Media Collage Acrylic Painting


    Gilbert, Arizona USA

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    © 2018 by Deborah Marsh