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Portrait in Mixed Media

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I finished this portrait for Week 46 of Let’sFaceIt2020. Our instructor was Yvonne Morell. I used tissue paper for our shirts. Then I used a stencil in several different positions to sponge on the hanging plant that was behind us. Thick patterned paper is what I used for the chairs. And I just painted the corner of the table and added little stickers on it. All of the paint is acrylics. In the background I dipped a small porous sponge in Burnt Sienna paint to make the pattern on the wall.

The picture I used is one my mom took on my 21st birthday. My dad was famous for photo bombing whenever she tried to take pictures of me or my brothers. It used to make her so mad, ha ha! But I am so glad he did it that day. It is my favorite picture of him. (And he definitely turned out better than I did!) I had the hardest time with my own face! Maybe I’m not so vain after all, ha ha!

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Cardinal in Mixed Media

 

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The other day I covered this 8×10 wood panel with collage. Then today I decided to paint this Cardinal on it with acrylics. I had fun painting this since it has been ages since I have painted any birds. It was a nice change of pace.

I hope everyone has had a nice week. I had a relaxing week drawing and painting smaller things and cleaning up my studio. I made a space for a new floor easel I just ordered! It will support canvases up to 72″ high! Of couse I have never painted anything nearly that large! And I don’t know if I ever will, but at least I won’t have to bend over a table or sit on the floor to paint large canvases anymore! So for that I am grateful.

I found a great sale on an all wood H-frame easel made by So Ho. I am feeling a little nervous about getting something like this shipped in the mail and then having to put it together, but hopefully, everything will go fine.

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Fairy Journal in Progress

 

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The other day I got out some wrapping paper, and a few pieces of stationary paper from a stash I have been collectiing for doing mixed media.. Then I made my own envelope to put my letter to the fairies in.

This is a fun project. The second part comes out this Friday. And I still need to paint my portrait for this week for Let’sfaceit2020. But I like staying busy. I have been slowly getting back into exercising again which feels good, too.

I hope everyone is doing well. I am thankful that I am not working outside the home anymore. But if I didn’t have hobbies, I would go stir crazy! Hang in there everyone.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Flower-Eyed Fairy Finished!

 

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Today I decided to finish my fairy watercolor painting. It was relaxing and fun.

Then it turned into a mixed media piece when I decided to add some gold acrylic accents and silver star stickers. I really enjoyed painting this one!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Portrait in Mixed Media – Stage 2

 

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Happy Friday. Yesterday I added more layers of tissue paper in her hair. I don’t think I want to paint over it again, though. Honestly, I don’t like adding too many layers, because to me, it begins to look weird. (I can’t think of a better word right now!)

Then I decided to enhance her dress with a simple design. As you can see, I also added a sea turtle tattoo to her back and more color on the flowers in her hair.

I still want to paint more details in the tattoo, the flowers, and her eyes. I struggled with getting her eyes the color brown I was going for. I kind of wish I had thought of trying to paint blue eyes instead of dark brown like the teacher demonstrated, but it’s okay. I love the way she did hers. Besides, I can do the next portrait with blue eyes.

I hope everyone has had a great week. Enjoy your weekend!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Portrait in Mixed Media-Stage 1

Hello Friends!

I am in Week #8 of Let’sFaceIt2020 already! This week is being taught by a fantastic artist! Her name isย Maria Pace Wynters.ย 

She is doing her mixed media painting on a wood substrate using paper and acrylic inks, and in a few spots, also acrylic paint. She is using very bright colors and not trying to do a realistic portrait which I am enjoying! The white skin will have more shadows and highlights in it eventually, but I love doing the white!

Acrylic inks look easier to use than paint, but I cannot invest in any more mediums right now. Although, I do have one color of acrylic ink that I bought a couple of weeks ago to use in a different project, but I haven’t tried it out yet.

This is our second over-the-shoulder portrait for the class which is a huge challenge! I drew this using two photos she provided and combined the different features from each one.

First, I drew it on the canvas with pencil. Next I used some striped tissue paper for her hair. Then I used some pastel checkered tissue paper for her shirt. I glued all of that down using Liquitex Matte Medium. But I painted over most of it, so I may add another layer of those, but I am not sure yet.

When I began painting, I hadn’t planned to put the flowers in her hair that Maria paints. But she does them in such a cool and unique way, that today I decided to lay down the shapes for them. I also had to re-do the angle of her eyes. Today is only the second day I have worked on it. But there is still a lot to do!

This class is the most fun I have ever had in any art classes! All the teachers are great, and each works in a variety of ways with a variety of materials which keeps things exciting for me. So that’s all for now!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Portrait of a Woman in Gold – Mixed Media

 

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I recently purchased some gold paint and learned a little about Gusrav Klimt who was an artist in the beginning of the 20th century. Two of his most famous paintings were “The Kiss” and “Adele Bloch-Bauer I” which were both painted between 1907 and 1908.

Of course my gold paint is nothing like what Klimt and artists from earlier centuries used. They used gold leaf which is gold that’s been hammered into fine sheets.

Goldbeating is the process of pounding the solid gold into a plain leaf. Andย gilding is the process of using the gold leaf to adorn a surface. Many artists still use this in their work today, and I think it’s really beautiful.

I used the basic outline of a photo, but she came from my imagination. I thought about making her face more gold. Instead I decided I wanted her complexion to be dark. Also, I like the way the gold and green flowers on the washi tape underneath the gold paint shows through.

Learning to draw portraits is definitely the most challenging thing I have attempted in my art journey. And I do love a challenge!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug. ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Chinese Toddler in Mixed Media

 

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Here is my latest project! It is on a flat 8×10 canvas. First, I drew her on with pencil. Then I used a variety of washi tape patterns to make her coat. I used a “cardinal red” acrylic for that and her red bow. Than I used some dark pink for the other bow.

I used a variety of colors for her skin. In the picture I have her hand is a little shadowed which I found extra challenging as her face is much lighter.

The biggest challenges were her hair and the background. I couldn’t get my tiniest brushes to cooperate with my paints for her hair. Her hair is thin and wispy but I still may try to go over it at another time and get it less blocked looking.

Finally, I wanted to use a complimentary color to bring out the pinks and reds. So I chose my Golden’s Phthalo Green (Yellow Shade) to paint the background and added a bouquet of pre-made cut flowers by gluing it to the canvas with Liquitex Matte Medium. Lastly, I went over the whole painting with the matte medium so the flowers and washi tape would stay adhered and give it a little bit of a glossy look.

This was a lot of fun and quite a challenge to complete with my nondominant hand! The washi tape was especially difficult to cut and place. But I really like the way it turned out.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

Chinese Toddler Mixed Media-Part 2

 

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I put the washi tape on the little girl’s clothes. So in my next post she will be finished!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Chinese Toddler Sketch

 

Hello Friends!

Yesterday I decided to start a mixed media piece on an 8×10 canvas. Several years ago I found some cute pictures of adorable Chinese children online. So I decided to try drawing this toddler girl.

Next I am going to add some washi tape for her clothes and use acrylics for her skin and hair. I am not sure what I’m going to do for the background yet.

We have had a big weather change here. We got some rain, and in surrounding areas it is snowing!

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

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