Sunday, May 20, 2018

Week 13 - Let's Face It lesson with Toni Burt

The finished project in the Pic-Collage above was started weeks ago when I chose the source inspiration photo and then collaged paper in the rough shapes of the photo image to watercolor paper.  

Most of the underlying paper used in the collage were scrapbook paper remnants except for the face which was maroon tissue paper.  The tissue paper was very delicate and a bit challenging to work with, and I played with layering it to create shadow areas.  

The instructor's lesson plan was for students to use pastels to create a face with impressions of its features as well as light and shadow.  I don't have pastels, so I used acrylic paint to complete the face staying with the maroon color scheme. This proved challenging to do, and I found myself color-mixing and blending most of the time as I painted over all the tissue paper.

The background (green/blue area) is made of collaged scrapbook paper remnants that have been covered with gelatos, the patterns traced in black pen, and then sealed with Gel Medium. 

Looking at this photo, the ear looks better than I normally paint ears...yay!  While this isn't my best work, I learned that the Marvy (Wearable Art) Fabric Marker is a great pen to use over gelatos and that you really need to seal gelatos!  TIP...Black Sharpies, Pen-touch, Bic Mark-it, and Identi-Pen don't work over gelatos. 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

My Painting Process - using a classic by Waterhouse as inspiration

Facial close-up of original painting by John Waterhouse

"The Lady of Shallot" by John Waterhouse, 1888

Sunday, April 29, 2018


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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Collage with Secret Sharing Pouch

A fun collage with a lovely handmade paper pouch for secrets sharing.  The hand-drawn face is one I did a long time ago but didn't have a way to use until today. Her hair is made from a magazine image.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Inspired by 'the Lady of Shallot' by Waterhouse

This is a first piece in a long time (several months) due to some intense resistance to actually doing any work. 

I'm taking a new online course this year and have had difficult starting.  Part of it has been due to seeing the brilliant work of many others and feeling like my work doesn't measure up.  Then starting became harder the longer my absence from painting grew.

So, here is my modern take on a portion of "The Lady of Shallot" that also includes a few lines from the Tennyson poem about the subject.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


'Blue Moon Madonna' - January 31, 2018

I've finished the work in progress from the weekend.  The digital drawing printed on a book page was completed with collage, gesso, paint, Gelatos and pen work.