Meanwhile in the studio, a lot happened as well. I'm still enjoying drawing and painting my whimsical girls on old book pages, and I finished two more over the weekend. A sweet little angel, and a very holiday inspired girl.
Here's Imogen, the Angel of Possibility. I was having a moment of despair when this sweet angel came to me with her lovely message, telling me that anything is possible, if only you open yourself to the possibilities. Angelic energy is quite amazing, it works in such magical ways, I am very grateful for this message, delivered right when I needed the most! Imogen can be yours, she's up on my website now :)
This next girl I call The Spirit of Yule. I wasn't really planning to take her in that direction, but she had a mind of her own, and so it came to be that she did have a message to deliver. The holiday season can be quite stressful so she is here to tell me to take things easy and just relax!
Those are some pictures showing the process. After distressing the book page and adhering to scrapbook paper + thick watercolor paper, and sewing it all together (you can see the whole process in detail in my previous post), I sketched and shaded her face with pencil.
When I was happy with the shading, I started to add highlights with gesso, and paint her eyes and lips with a combination of Prismacolor colored pencils and Golden fluid acrylics.
I finished by painting her hair and flowers with acrylics, and adding the vines and details to frame her and bring the whole thing together. I also tinted the sides of the watercolor paper with Tim Holtz Distress Stains. Of course I had to add some glitter. Nothing is really done unless it gets to sparkle :) You can see her on my website.
Of course when I came back home I was all fired up and ready to create. That's the (awesome) side effect of getting new art stuff! I was even able to salvage an angel I thought was ruined, and started (and finished) another one, using one of the new wooden plaques I bought at Michaels.
I call her Celine, the Angel of Trust. She's available on my website. Again, I received her wonderful message right when my heart needed the most. She was there to remind me to simply trust the process, trust my instinct, trust that I'm doing exactly what I'm meant to do, trust that I am indeed going in the right direction. I am quite pleased with how she turned out. I used just two mediums for this painting - four colors of Ranger Paint Dabbers, which are a very matte acrylic paint (essential for the colored pencils to work since they won't go over glossy paint like Golden for example. It needs to be matte, so any craft acrylic paint would do), and Prismacolor colored pencils. Keeping things simple. And of course, I had to finish it with glitter. I used some of my newly acquired Recollections glitter (the stars) and some Stampendous Shaved Ice, and of course, my favorite, Glamour Dust.
I also started a couple of book page girls, another ornament, and have yet to finish two angels that are at different stages of completion. But those will go on this week's to do list and will probably be the subject of my next blog post. Until then, stay creative and have a wonderful week! And for my friends and readers in the United States, I wish you a happy Thanksgiving!