I’ve been playing blending again! I made a stained glass window image inspired by Jodi Ohl’s Just do it – Free Art Friday post.
But unlike Jodi, I didn’t doodle on my painting, I scanned it and played digital blending with it!
Then I thought it might be a good idea to finish face #16 which has been lurking accusingly for a while now!
I’m glad I did – I’m quite pleased with how she turned out – she’s definitely one of my better faces! I drew her in pencil and coloured her using acrylic paint and watercolour pencils. Now what shall I do next?
Still playing catch-up…
… but I think she’s my favourite so far!
I’m still behind with my faces, but here is number 14.
Once again she’s drawn in pencil and coloured with acrylic paint and watercolour pencils. I really must try drawing with paint one of these days – I’m sure I would learn a lot from it – it just a case of plucking up the courage!
Almost half-way, and still keeping up – I’m impressed with myself! Here’s todays offering.
I’m told she is recognisable today – I must be getting better! Do you know who she is?
Today I have been getting really messy! In addition to creating my face for 29 faces, I’ve been playing with letter stencils.
I created today’s face using pencil, watercolour pencils and acrylic paint. She still doesn’t look entirely like the one I was copying, but I’m getting better!
I signed up for this free workshop, Use Your Words, from Carolyn Dube the other day and have been having fun playing with letter stencils for the first lesson.
I started off with a collage of torn newspaper which I covered with a few layers of acrylic paint. Then I started playing with stencils! As I didn’t have the letter stencils Carolyn recommended, I made my own by removing a set of chipboard letters from their holding sheet, then using the sheet as a stencil. I used the whole alphabet and numbers to create the first layer, then made the word ‘creative’ over the top in a darker colour. I finished off using an Artist Cellar stencil to create a bit of interest at the bottom of the page.
I quite like how it looks right now, but I have a feeling I may be adding some more to it later!
Today was the first time in ages that I had a page with no gesso to work on. It was great not to have the smudging problem!
I drew her in pencil, then coloured her using a mixture of acrylic paint and watercolour pencils. Unfortunately when I came to paint the background, the paint leached straight through the page and left its mark on the next several pages in the book! So I’ll be back to a gesso page tomorrow!
Today I decided to have another try at an older face.
She still doesn’t look much like her original, but I’m beginning to be able to recognise the things that are wrong. I’m seeing more clearly! I definitely enjoy using a mixture of acrylic paint and water colour pencils for the colouring.
Today I played digital blending as well as faces.
This started as an abstract created using Twinkling H2O’s. Then I scanned it and played digital blending with a photo of sand patterns. This is the result.
Todays face got the works!
I was so determined she wouldn’t have any strange paint marks today that I gessoed the page before I started! Then I had to draw her face on the gesso. I hate pencil drawing on gesso! – it smudges everywhere!Luckily the putty rubber does a good job of cleaning up! To stop further smudging I started off with an acrylic wash base, then coloured her face and hair using watercolour pencils. I added some background colour using Twinkling H2O’s. I must admit – I’m quite pleased with the final result. What do you think?
Back to a younger face today!
I’m quite pleased with the way she turned out, except for the blue shading round her mouth (paint bleed through from the next page!). I gave her a wash of acrylic paint under the pencils to try and hide the blue, but as you can see… it didn’t work!
Today I chose a less glamorous, older face to copy.
I think I’ve aged her by at least 10 years, and made her look very unhappy as well! I’ll keep trying! … back to the sketchbook for some more practice!