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Bookworm Worm

Hello Friends!

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! 🙂

Bookwarm Baby

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I painted this baby who just can’t get enough of his books! I loved creating this!

First I drew my design onto a piece of hot pressed watercolor paper. Then I glued a few small pieces of paper down in the background and painted it with a mix of Quinacridone Magenta and white acrylic inks. Once I chose that color, I decided to go with shades of red-violets, blue-greens and yellow-oranges which is a triad color scheme. This was challenging and a lot of fun! I also knew i wanted him to be African American, so the skin tones were a challenge as well!

What was fun, too, was putting the book he’s holding upside down, ha ha! And my little bookworm is surrounded by some of his favorite books including: “Goodnight Moon,” “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?,” “Hop on Pop,” and a few others in his little basket of books.

Lastly, I added some washi tape, stamped some circles and wrote in some letters and numbers.

I am really enjoying doing these “Bookworm” mixed media pieces. I am planning to do at least two more!

Have a wonderful day! 😀

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