Masking tape

Flowers in her hair: A mixed media portrait

Hi friends! How are you all doing? I hope you are enjoying summer or winter depending on your location. ;) The sun is on full-time duty here in Oregon and we are loving it! It's been crazy busy but I try to squeeze in a little art time for myself and although this piece took a couple of months to complete, I'm very happy with the result. I snapped pictures with my phone to show my progress so I thought I would share those with you... Using a piece of 9" x 12" illustration board I prepped the background with a collage of vintage papers and scrapbook paper. I try not to over think the placement but strive for a balance of color and texture. I use Golden Matt Medium as my glue.

Screen Shot 2013-07-05 at 3.45.27 PM Ah! I found my muse! I use some cream acrylic paint to block out some of the text so I have a nice background for my sketch. Sketching her face was a challenge for me at first. I'm rusty since my days in art school, so I really had to push past my own doubts.

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I start filling in color with acrylic paint. She's starting to come to life! :)

Screen Shot 2013-07-05 at 3.45.08 PM I can hear my art teachers telling me not to focus on detail yet...but I couldn't help it, I love painting eyes - so I dive in and start to render her gray-blue eyes with washes of paint.

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Instead of painting flowers, I wanted to incorporate more collage, so I found these flowers online at the Graphic Fairy, printed them out and added them to her hair. Remember to coat any ink-jet images with a couple of layers of Krylon Crystal clear so the ink doesn't bleed when you use your glue.

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The next couple images were taken with my Canon camera, just so you know. The color is more accurate in these.

Here she is - all finished! You can see I added some washi and masking tape to create some movement and direction. I loved using a white gel pen to accentuate some areas too.

The quote reads " Let us dance in the sun wearing wild flowers in our hair."  art1You can't really tell from the pictures but I put metallic streaks of gold in hair so it shimmers in the light.

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Okay, sorry for the long post but it's fun (and scary) to share my art and process. I hope one day to be brave enough to teach an online class! I have learned so much by the classes I have taken.

My favorites are with Jeanne Oliver.  She really inspires you to get out all those art supplies and just go for it!

Have a beautiful Tuesday!

xo,

Ivy