You know how it is when things don't quite go to plan, well, that's what happened today. I did another page in the mini altered book but I wasn't really 'feeling it', so I stopped and changed to make a mixed media canvas instead.
Oh boy did I have to keep trying.
I started with an 8" x8" canvas that I had lying around, I'd already stuck a paper background on (take from one of my collages and edited a little) I drew one of my chicks on in pencil. If you look closely, you'll just about see it.
I painted the negative space in black gesso.
I mapperd out her features again in black gesso, then used my heat gun to dry her.
(I'm SO impatient sometimes)
But when I stepped back, I didn't really like her that much, so...
I painted her face out in white gesso, and made her face shape a bit larger.
If all else fails, GET THE GESSO OUT and start again.
I re-did her face with my black marker, I draw freehand usually.
This is where I went a little mad, messing around with colors, using my fingers randomly spreading the paint around.
I use my fingers more than brushes.
I was beginning to feel better by this stage, still more paint to add.
Then I worked all over with my trusty pencil crayons.
(see, look at my fingers, what did I tell you)
Then to redefine the lines, I used my marker again. I know not everyone is a fan of having black outlines, but I like them, as long as they work with the piece.
All finished (with a little coat of gloss to pull out the colors).
(now in the shop)
So, my lesson for today was to keep on trying, don't give up, and remember...
there's always GESSO.
mini altered book - still in progress.