Step 1 making the collage background with printed black and white text
collage, mixed media, Tutorials

Collage & mixed media fairy and butterflies

Here is another step by step tutorial showing the piece of art I have been working on this week. I don’t usually draw/paint faces AT ALL because up to now, I have never felt comfortable doing them, yet when I do paint them, I always enjoy it. How weird?! I think I just need more practise at them. To read my other tutorial post (How to create a textile design in 12 easy steps) click here

Materials list:

*1x a4 card

* several sheets of printed black & white background vintage text/script/postcards etc

*coloured stamp ink pads (I’m using shades of brown but you can use whatever you have available)

* jar of water

*medium and small paintbrushes

*glue stick

*white acrylic paint

Step 1 making the collage background with printed black and white text
Step 1- making the background with ripped up pieces of printed black and white image

Start by tearing small pieces off the a4 sheets featuring the printed vintage text/script/postcards etc. glue down using a glue stick. Cover the entire background except for the lady and butterflies.

Step 2 finished collage background of printed papers
Step 2- finished collage background of printed black and white papers

Ensure all the bits of paper are well stuck down. Go over and check and stick any edges down using the glue stick.

Step 3 painting hair with acrylic paint
Step 3- painting the background with coloured ink pads and water

Next use a selection of coloured ink pads and a jar of clean water top ain’t the background. I used a smallish brush which I dipped in the water and wiped (so it wasn’t really wet) and then wiped on the coloured ink pad to pick up the colour and then transferred this to the background. You then ‘dab’ areas of colour around the background and use the clean water to ‘blend’ the colours and create opaque areas and more translucent areas, according to your own preferences.

Once the background is done, use white acrylic paint to cover the area of hair and butterflies. Don’t worry if the background colour is picked up and makes the white paint off white. A few coats of paint will easily sort this!

Step 4 finished painted face and body with acrylic paint
Step 4 finished painted face and body with acrylic paint

Next you need to paint the face, neck and arms. I used the coloured stamp ink pads and some white acrylic paint. First i did two coasts of white paint and then I used a dry brush to pick up some colour from the ink pads and apply to the face/arms-immediately after I used a damp brush with a very small amount of white paint on and blended it with the ink pad colours. This took quite a bit of time to blend well.

You can used whatever medium or method you wish. I wanted to experiment with the ink pads and see what I could achieve. I used coloured pencils after the paint had dried to add some more shading here and there.

Close up photo of painted face with acrylic paint
Close up photo of painted face with acrylic paint

I now need to add a bit more colour and refine the face, neck and body by using coloured pencils. I’m very lucky to have a set of Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencils that I had as a Christmas present a couple of years ago. They are simply gorgeous to use and I don’t know how I ever managed without them! They have a beautiful waxy texture to them, the tips stay sharp longer than other professional coloured pencils and they blend beautifully with minimal effort.

I’m hoping to get some more done on the image this week, so hopefully I will have more to show soon!

Check back soon for the rest of the tutorial…..

 

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