Thursday, March 1, 2012

Playing with Mixed Media

I seem to rotate often when it comes to my extra curricular activities.   Most recently I've been working in my art journal.  Well I decided to put that aside for a while because I had a technique in mind that I'd been wanting to try and I decided it was time for that.

I don't remember exactly when I started following artist Lynne Hoppe, but I've admired her art for a long while now. Back in September, Lynne wrote a blog post sharing her techniques on how she paints her faces. I had always wanted to give her steps a try and while I did have some of the supplies she uses, I didn't have others. I knew that I could substitute a few items and I did, but there were a couple products that Lynne uses in her art that I definitely wanted to try and so I went out and got them....they are white gouache and a cream oil pastel. Oh and did I mention I love how she uses old book pages as her painting surface?

The first photo is my first attempt following Lynne's steps.  Not a typical Terri face, but hey, I was just trying to get the process.  I couldn't help myself and had to add some blue and purple to her face.

The next three attempts (shown in the order I painted them) are more my style of face and I was beginning to have fun with the supplies and experiment a little.

These four painted pages are all I've done so far. I'm enjoying playing with the white gouache and the cream oil pastel and will definitely be playing and exploring further with them.

In all, the different types of media I used on these pages was gouache, oil pastel, graphite pencil, charcoal pencil, acrylic paint, watercolor paint, Neocolor II crayons, and gelatos. I didn't use all of these on all the pages.

If you like to paint and are ready for some new supplies and techniques, check out Lynne's tutorial, you'll find the link to it in the side bar on Lynne's blog. I thank Lynne for so generously sharing her technique.

Happy Painting and Happy March!