New background technique: Pastel, Gesso, Watercolour.
The first time I tried one of Marieke Blokland’s Cotton Candy Diva’s, it didn’t turn out very well. This lady came out much closer to the inspiration piece, although I couldn’t make the ears look right, so left them off. The background is very layered, and I should have been a bit more light handed with the acrylic paint so more of the lower layers could peek through.
My latest post for the Kreative Koncepts Mixed Media Blog has just gone up.
300gsm Daler & Rowney watercolour paper with some Walnut Ink spray on it.Stampin’ Up! Swallowtail stamp in Shaded Lilac Distress Ink and Turquoise Daler & Rowney Acrylic Artist Ink
Watercolour background, rubber stamp (I’m pretty sure it’s a Kraftin’ Kimmie design), clear stamps “Pom” by Basic Grey have been heat embossed, rub-on letters make the wording.
If you are not confident with painting or drawing faces, rip one out of a magazine, glue it down with gel medium, give it a coat of transparent gesso and paint over the top. Keep the acrylic paint loose while you block in the features and shading, then just keep layering and refining. This is my way to become more familiar with a different style of portrait than I normally draw. I used:
Inktense pencils, Kaisercraft Stencil, assorted brands of paper flowers (mostly Kaisercraft), Matisse Medium 30, magazine image, Matisse transparent gesso, acrylic paints, book page, metal key, paper napkin
I used watercolour for everything except the hair, I used gesso for that to give texture, and of course the stamping.
Something interesting I found: I used Micador spray fixative over the piece, the cheap set of watercolour I used dries a bit powdery and the colour can transfer; and the fixative reactivated the StazOn ink I used to stamp with. You can see the haze of blue on her hair on the left – that is due to the ink flowing with the fixative. Good to know for the future, spray fixative prior to using StazOn.
I am on the Design Team for Kreative Koncepts Mixed Media!
I had such fun making this page.
Making the video and writing the instructions took a lot longer than I expected, but I am putting that down to the learning curve. I had to do a lot of things I had never done before like create a video from still photos, work out how to add music, upload it to YouTube, embed a PDF for download in a blog post…. Next time should be a doddle *fingers crossed*.
300gsm water colour paper, crayons, gesso, modelling paste, stencil, acrylic paint, patterned paper, india ink pens, spray inks