Today I'm up again on the Bloom Girls Blog sharing my final projects of the month with you. I'm so honored to have had the chance to design for Jamie with her amazing products! My head has been spinning with ideas and I've loved every moment of my time here. Many thanks to Jamie for having me as her November guest designer!
This time around I created two mixed media portrait paintings. I did them both on watercolor paper. At this time watercolor paper and Caran D'ache water soluble crayons are my favorite mediums! I like to mix in some acrylics. I've been starting my first layer on the facial coloring with acrylics. I also do my white highlights in acrylics or gesso.
I used the "Sharon" stencil for this one. I thought I would use the colors of the Prima PPP this month and play along with that as well. I used several mists and Bloom Sprays in the background. I also used some stamps, masks with ink and stencil paste to add further interest.
I used the Sharon stencil a lot doing different sketches with her before I finally decided on the face and background. I love how every time I drew her she came out with a completely different face! This is what I love about these stencils. You get your basic lines but can totally make them your own just by incorporating your own style, whimsy and shading.
My second painting is a combo of the "Sharon" stencil and "Free Spirit." I used the face of Sharon although I tilted her head. Then I used the feathers from "Free Spirit." I enjoy mixing my paints with graphite and like keeping the graphite in my work. The feathers are all done in graphite and just blended. I added some of the butterflies from Sharon to her shoulders for wings.
The background was done with some torn up book pages. I used gel medium to adhere them then painted over it with lots of Caran d'ache crayons. I used a few different stencils, stamps and modeling paste as well for more interest.
Here are a couple of close ups of the faces.
Oh how I love to draw! Love these stencils! LOVE! You should give it a go. There are so many possibilities! Don't be tied down to just the stencil. Play! Mix them up! It is a TON of fun!
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