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Aquatic Alchemy by lauraborealisis Aquatic Alchemy by lauraborealisis
My newest completed work. This piece was inspired by my experiences floating in an isolation tank.

The creation process for this piece differs quite a bit from my normal process. It was created from the first quick sketch and completed within 2 weeks. Started with graphite, then watercolor washes and layers of acrylic and colored pencil on top. The tail shines metallic orange and gold and the hair, waves, and sky glimmer with silver.

Watercolor, regular and metallic liquid acrylic, ink, pen, and prismacolor pencil on illustration paper. 8"x 8".

Prints available here: www.etsy.com/listing/78860417/…


Follow my work on Facebook: www.facebook.com/LauraBorealis…

Thanks for looking! :heart:


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Twistedslogans725 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  New member
You are quite the talent and it is interesting what you know about! The conch is an important clue!
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:iconlauraborealisis:
lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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DustyScarecrow Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Quite a lovely piece! :D
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:iconlauraborealisis:
lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D 
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TenkoSama9 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Lucky I really want to experience an isolation tank, might I ask what was it like? :)
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lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You should try it! Fortunately my partner owns a float center, Float On, here in Portland, Oregon. So I am able to float pretty much as often as I like (about once a week). A very relaxing and unique experience. 20% gravity, no sensory input, sound-proof, water skin temperature, natural dopamine release- there's lots to be enjoyed. I find it relaxing, insightful, medative, centering... it just feels good to let go more than you ever thought was possible.  :) 

Let me know what you think after you've floated! 
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TenkoSama9 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
I wish I lived close to a float center. I am 5 hours away from Portland :(. I will be happy to let you know what I think after I float for the first time, yet that might be a while from now, I just got my back tattooed and salt water is not good for the healing process sadly. But when I am all healed I will definitely float. ^_^
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lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
That's okay, I'm sure there must be a center closer to you. You can go to floatation locations floatationlocations.com and use their map to find the center closest to you. 

I'm a licensed tattoo artist, actually... and I say stay out of the tanks for 3 weeks after getting your new tattoo, just to be safe. The healing process usually doesn't take more than 2 weeks, but the last thing you want to do is soak or stress out your healing skin. :) 
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TenkoSama9 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Thank you very much for the link and the tattoo advice. :) I will remember the tip. ^_^
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lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:) Best wishes! 
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TenkoSama9 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Thank you very much :3.
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m33mt33n Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
wonderful
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:iconlauraborealisis:
lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! 
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m33mt33n Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
you're wecome :)
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Igotsomepopsickles Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Excellent work!
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:iconlauraborealisis:
lauraborealisis Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :heart:
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Kirikina Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
wow this is genial
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:iconlauraborealisis:
lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks! :heart:
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Hannah-Dee Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
interesting, i like it !
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:iconlauraborealisis:
lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, glad you do! :)
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NonoSun Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Très belles visions de l'expérience !!!
Merci
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:iconlauraborealisis:
lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Merci! :heart:
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taslishaw Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student
Dream like!
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:iconlauraborealisis:
lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :heart:
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catelee2u Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely!
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:iconlauraborealisis:
lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it. :frail:
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teflonheadbuddha Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Again, breath taking! Whoa! When you do the watercolor washes, do you block out or use Frisket? Or do you wash the entire piece?
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lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Haha, that would be far too professional, my style is more "intuitive/primitive traditional" :P I layer in the washes without blocking. A method that lacks precision, but is sure to keep you on your toes and expanding your work. Occasionally I will wash an entire piece but not any that have white spaces. I love my pure, pure white contrast. :D
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oastraeo Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautiful artwork!

We're featuring it in :iconesoart: this month!
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:iconlauraborealisis:
lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I appreciate the feature. :D
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:iconteken-lovers:
teken-lovers Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow nice colors :D
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:iconlauraborealisis:
lauraborealisis Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks! :heart:
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:iconteken-lovers:
teken-lovers Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
welcome D:
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bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional
love it
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lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:heart:
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nelchee Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work :)
I didn't know one could go to isolation tanks, I only red about that in a horror story 15 years ago :lol: now I'm curious about the experience.
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lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Definitely an interesting experience! :)
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bear48 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional
Far freaking out
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lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
aw. glad you you like it. i love this piece too. :)
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OneCreativePisce Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
So colorful!!!
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lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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unveilpure Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
oooo loverly artwork.. liking the combination of warm and cool colours and overall composition. youre a pro, congratulations
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lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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daughtermoon22 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
this is absolutely amazing! much love <3
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lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you! <3
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gloriagypsy Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
This beautiful work has been featured here This beautiful work has been featured here [link]
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lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks so much for the feature! :frail:
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PeaceFarmer Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
amazing work :D
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:iconlauraborealisis:
lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks! :)
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daxusflashlight Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
i gonna tell you in one word:OUTSTANDING!!
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