Encaustic Gem

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Inspired by Lesson 3 from A Veil of Wax class taught by Ivette Newport. The wax is till a bit cloudy in this photo but couldn’t wait to share her. I drew and painted her on a piece of watercolor board. I used Daniel Smith watercolor paints, charcoal pencil, colored pencil, white water-soluble oil paint, and encaustic wax; plus a little bling! I love this piece!

Skin Tones…

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I began this portrait to work on skin tones using a different color combo; yellow ocher, burnt sienna, and raw umber. The bright reds are a combo of Naphthol Red Light and Red Oxide. My inspiration image came from Pinterest, although the model has red hair on the original photo. Kara Strachan Bullock of “Let’s Face It” fame posted this to her page to advertise the year-long portrait class “Let’s Face It”, which was a real blessing and encouragement! ┬áMy second year of Kara’s course and it has been great; I feel I have learned a lot. Some of the year-long classes have some offerings that don’t resonate, but I am glad to say that almost all of Kara’s weekly offerings and assortment of teachers has been wonderful!

Fun with a Dip Pen!

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Life Book Lesson 19 with Wyanne Thompson highlights a technique I had never tried before. Using a dip pen and ink, of which I was delighted to use my grandparents vintage tools, you trace a design with a dip pen and ink onto tracing paper and then “transfer” it to your substrate. Apparently it is an Andy Warhol technique. In my case I used Arches hot press watercolor paper for the substrate. The pressing of the tracing paper onto the substrate gives you great blotches and lines. Meant to be quirky, this technique made the face I drew have a wabi-sabi look. (perfectly imperfect). My stash of washi tape came into play as well as watercolor paint and a resist pastel crayon. I did discover that you need to have your washi tape fit into the spaces (I redrew some lines since my tape was mostly narrow in width). It also took a light box for me to even faintly see the ink lines so as to cut or trace the shape onto the tape. Will definitely do this technique again!