Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lil Watercolor Faces

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I love creating small faces as a practice in my daily face painting journey. Using the Prima Watercolors is a fun, quick way to experiment with shapes and color. I love playing with color and lots of little facial features. I used the oil pastels and colored around the faces to create a whimsical, childlike background. I hope you enjoy and I challenge you to create your own little set of faces!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Think About such Things

I am so thrilled about this latest project that I created for Prima! This Angel was created by cutting out a cardboard shape and paper-mache-ing found papers onto the body to create beautiful textures. I then painted the whole figure with the heavy body white gesso. After letting it dry, I used the incredible Prima oil pastels to add color and texture to the face and body. The watercolor pencils and stabilo graphite pencil served as a way to finish with detail around the facial well as adding scripture inside the body. I added some sparkle to the crown with Finn's wonderful glitter (adhering it with the soft gloss gel). 

Here is the scripture that I used:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. - Phillipians 4: 8

here are the supplies used:
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stabilo graphite pencil
collage papers

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Lorelei the Mermaid

I love painting Mermaids! I love their flowy fins and elegant silhouette. These things make for a fun watercolor project on the Prima watercolor panel. I first sketched out my mermaid with the no. 88 watercolor pencil (in the earth tones set). This color is a perfect light yellow to softly sketch out and water down if you need to make any corrections. I then used the classic and decadent pies Prima watercolor sets to paint my girl and the background .....can't forget the bubbles and starfish. I also used a white paint pen to add some soft highlights in the eyes, bubbles, and shells :-)
I hope you enjoy!

Supplies used:

Monday, August 1, 2016

Ginger-baby ornament

Every Christmas season, I create one-of-a-kind ornaments. I thought I'd share with you a sneak peek into my process. The prep work consists of covering the glass ornament in coffee filters with the soft gloss gel. You can use any ephemera that you love, but I just love the thickness of these and how sturdy it makes the ornament. I allow to dry by taking off the cap and sticking them on a brush handle.

Then I coat both sides with heavy white gesso. 
Black would also be very cool!

I sketch out my design with a graphite pencil

adding in facial features

I love this raw sienna color for the base of the ginger baby
adding white to the middle of the body will give depth and dimension

for the gumdrop nose, mix some of the blue glitter and adhere it with the soft gloss gel.

I use the watercolor pencils to add in special details, like this sweet little bowtie!

I use the black oil pastel for the eye color

I use a green or dark color watercolor pencil to outline the ginger baby 

use the soft gloss gel to mix with the white glitter in the abloom set

and yay, you are finished!!

full list of supplies used:
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white acrylic paint or sharpie white paint pen (to add the whites of the eyes)
stabilo graphite
coffee filter
raw sienna acrylic paint