Hi there! How are you? Well, 2014 is off to a good start here. Both Grace and I are using our studio and have been busy creating. We even ventured out and enjoyed a local art center where we both got to dive into our creations. So much fun!
The piece I'm about to share with you had been lying around forever. It started as one of those super cheesy Hallmark-like plaques from the 1980's that I found at the thrift store for 99 cents. It needed some love, so I gessoed it and proceeded to collage it with vintage papers. I added washes of color with my Gellatos and water. Love these little tubes of color! *tip* use pretty paper that you love to figure out your color palette. ;)
I then continued to layer paint, doilies, washi tape and scrapbook paper. I also ran my brayer through white paint and rolled it over the piece a couple of times. What is hard to see here is the texture...it actually (accidentally) ended up with a faux encaustic look due to the thick layer of Heavy Gel medium I added thinking it would dry just how I wanted. It didn't. I panicked. I ended up scraping most of it off, cursing and then smoothing the whole layer using wet fingers. I thought I had totally screwed it up. But nope. I ended up loving the effect and discovering a new way to use gel. Yah! I LOVE when a mistake turns into something beautiful. It happens a lot in Art - if you can just push past that immediate panic.
(You can see the texture better in the pictures I took with my Big Girl camera below these iPhone pics.)
Vintage silhouettes have always appealed to me, so I incorporated one into this piece instead of painting a girl. I found this silhouette here. Considering my art nouveau obsession, I couldn't just leave her be - she needed a lovely headpiece and flowers too!
Here are some better shots of the finished work with accurate color too. The doodles and hand lettering came as a bit of a surprise to me - being outside my box - but it just felt right and it was fun to experiment with the boldness of the black ink and contrast of the white gel pen.
I'm excited to try another silhouette piece and you should too! No drawing necessary! ;) Let me know if you have questions.
Thanks for letting me share my work!
Much love to you all.