Thursday, 10 July 2014

Alice - The Mad Hatter

For the Blog Hop Club our July theme is Faces.

  Guada describes it just how I feel too - "For me painting faces it´s just the perfect mix between paradise and challenge ♥ it took me some time to achieve portraits I like and I´m still far away from being where I want to be but I enjoy the process so so much!" 

I found a picture on Pinterest to inspire my hat for my girl - it's a Mad Hatter hat so that is why I've named her Alice - the Mad Hatter. 

Here is the link to my Steller eBook with evolution pics.

Materials I used:

Watercolour paper
Graphite Pencils
Tracing paper
Caran D'Ache Neocolor II
Gelli prints - phalo blue, turquiose green, alizarin crimson, purple, white.
Gel medium
Acrylic paints - gold, burnt sienna, yellow ochre, white and black.

Here are my evolution and how to photos:

1. I drew my face with hat and clothes.
2. Traced around my face, hat and clothes.
3. Traced around my face.

4. Coloured in my face with the Caran D'Ache Neocolor II watercolour crayons.

5. I cut out the face and neck area from the tracing paper and covered the face with it using Blu-Tac to hold it down. Use the paper as a mask from the paint.
6. I applied paint to my gelli plate, phalo blue, and then put some scrunched up paper on for texture.
7. Then I placed my girl onto the gelli plate - scary moment.
8. Then I tore my paper taking it off the plate!!!  Aargh!!! So do this step carefully and straight away - no taking photos of a piece of paper on your gelli plate.

9/10. Our secondary theme for this month was the following colours - blue green and red violet - so I created some gelli prints using these colours for the hat and clothes.
11/12. Cut out the hat and clothes from the tracing paper to use as a template and place in the best postion on the print. Trace around with a pencil then cut them out.

13. Use the gel medium to glue the gelli prints onto the girl.
14. I used gold paint to outline the hat and give it a ribbon edge.  I also found the background colour too dark, especially on the left of the painting and this helped to differentiate between the background and the hat.  I should have used a light blue for the background to make the hat stand out.  I did add a wash of yellow to fill in the white and give the background a green tinge.
15. I painted in the hair - always a scary moment for me too.

There you go, that's how I do my girls....She is for sale along with 3 of my other girls as part of an Art Sale for Nicole's Cause - $50 will go to the cause and $10 will cover postage. Bargain!!

Now for the heart pendant giveaway - please leave a comment below and I will choose a winner next Thursday. 

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  1. Thank you for this awesome blog tutorial! <3

  2. I think it is interesting the way you draw and trace the image! I do the same thing. I have not tried to do scary things with my geli plate!!! Love the finished picture♥

    1. Thank you. You should do the scary thing, you might surprise yourself! :D

  3. I am so glad I joined this blog hop because it allowed me to discover your work. I can't even explain why I am so drawn to it, but every portrait just wows me! Thank you for showing us your process and including your mistakes and moments of anxiety - those of us who are no where near your level of skill yet truly appreciate such things!

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comments.

  4. Thanks for showing us how you draw your faces. Love all of your portraits!

  5. Its a sweet process.Will have to try Gelli Plate some day.


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