Arting with friends!

Tomorrow it is time for me to host ‘class’ with some friends at my house, and the plan is to attempt something ‘She Art’ like that of the work of Christy Tomlinson. Christy is sooooooooooo talented, and her classes are fun to take, so this is never going to be as good as hers but, hopefully everyone will take home a canvas they have created and be happy with it!

Bearing in mind I am currently struggling with my mental health, this evening with friends around me, playing with paint and paper, is a perfect tonic!

Here is my sample I created for the class. My intention is to limit the choice of stamps, paints and papers everyone has access to to reduce the amount of choice. Fingers crossed people are ok with that! So this is what I created with the same stash that they will have access to!

Starting point is to tear papers to cover the canvas and add texture with doilies.

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Then I stuck them down using Mod Podge. I love this stuff… I know there will be some nerves using wet glue with one of my friends in particular … So much supervision will be required on the night! Ha ha ha!

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Whilst the glue was drying, I then started on creating my girl. I started with the book print body and then started dressing her… Once I start to dress her, the body usually ends up getting trimmed as I decide how big she is. It is important to keep an eye on the canvas size at this point so you don’t end up with a minuscule figure on a big canvas … Unless that is what you are aiming for?

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Next I went back to the canvas and started adding stamped patterns using random stamps and some Archival Ink. The type of ink is important at this point as you want something that won’t smudge when adding the next layer on top!

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The next layer was some acrylic paint, a small amount of spray ink through a stencil and more stamping… Most of this was done quickly and roughly. I use a credit card to scrape the paint across the surface, or a brayer.

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Then my girl gets added, using Mod Podge to stick her down, and the credit card to scrape it to make sure there isn’t a big bubble of glue underneath, and also no flappy bits! I then start adding colour to the skin using my fingers usually to blend and rub in the colour to make it more subtle. And then hair!!! Hair i usually do with a paint brush…. This time I seem to have ended up with a lot of hair on this particular girl!

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I then start doodling with a pen to give her an outline, and some little doodly marks where I feel it’s needed. I add detail to the hair (I ruined a pen in doing this before the paint was dry though!) and then pick up some stamps to start stamping again, this time slightly over the top of the girl too so she becomes part of the canvas and not an addition to the canvas.

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The next stage is to add rub ons… I have a lot of random rub ons in my stash, and for this sample I did use different ones than class will have, but only as the packs I bought for class I didn’t want to break into when making the sample. I also added some small areas of paint too just to break it up a bit.

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This is not the best picture I must admit. It was taken just before I headed to bed after creating the canvas and the light is not brilliant.

The next morning however she got hung in the hallway … And although there is a stage to be completed… A quote… She has stayed there for the past two weeks!

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So this was the sample for the class… Wonder how they will all get on? You will have to wait and see!

Happy crafting!

Catherine

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