This is my last mixed media piece in my “Bookworm” series. So I thought it would be fitting for this character to actually be a BOOKWORM, ha ha! I really enjoyed creating this one, because I used handmade Mulberry paper for everything except the books.
First I drew my design on hot pressed watercolor paper which has a smooth surface. Then I cut pieces of the pink textured mulberry paper to fill in the background. Next I cut the white which has pieces of purple in it to fill in the lamp. Then I cut pieces of an orangey/yellow colored mulberry paper to fill in the worm. I felt like Eric Carle, although it wasn’t quite as tedious as working with painted tissue paper which is how he made his art. (He must have been such a patient person!) All of this was glued down with Liquitex Matte Medium.
The next day when everything was dry, I used watercolor pens to color the books, his hat, glasses and the lamp light. I used markers to do some outlining, and used a white marker to write the book names on. As you can see he is reading the last book of the Harry Potter book series, thus the tears. When I read the last book years ago, I couldn’t put it down. I stayed up all night to finish the last few chapters and balled my eyes out. But it is a great story!
I hope you are all doing well. We have been getting very high hot temperatures here, so I am very thankful for great air conditioning! Stay cool and…
Have a wonderful day! 🙂