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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".

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DustyScarecrow Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Quite a lovely piece! :D
lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D 
TenkoSama9 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Lucky I really want to experience an isolation tank, might I ask what was it like? :)
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! 
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. ^_^
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 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. :) 
TenkoSama9 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Thank you very much for the link and the tattoo advice. :) I will remember the tip. ^_^
lauraborealisis Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:) Best wishes! 
TenkoSama9 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Thank you very much :3.
m33mt33n Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
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