Sunday, February 23, 2014

#10 of 29 Faces

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Today's face was inspired by Jane Davenport's Looking for Drama.  She started out by using, decorative, napkins to collage the base, then worked with, paint pens, gesso, and other bits of paint and pencils.  

I plan to invest in some better paint pens.  Jane uses Montana.  The only one that I have is a white Sharpie that leaves big blobs of watery paint everywhere.

So here's #10.  I need to start thinking about #11 now.


Friday, February 21, 2014

#9 of 29 Faces

Sort if Bottacelli-esque isn't it?  

I've also been working on dimension and shading.

Practice makes perfect.


Thursday, February 20, 2014

#8 of 29 Faces

Okay, it's the 20th and I'm on #8.  Wil I make it?  That's 21 more faces - I just don't know, but I'm going to keep going.  I just did this one while sitting out here watching my chickens chase grasshoppers.  

And here are the lovely slippers that I'm wearing!

What happened to my winter?  My peach tree is already blooming.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

#6 and #7 of 29 Faces

Now, I admit this was a quickie while watching TV.  But it IS still a face.

Here's a 10 X 10 inch painting, using stencils, delusions ink, and collage for the background.  I used acrylic paints for the face.  The hair has a little molding paste to give it some texture.  I went a little nuts with the yellow hair.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

#5 of 29 Faces

Here's #5 - Ribbon Hair Woman

I just realized that there is a dot under her bottom lip.  Let's pretend that is a piercing.


#3 and #4 of 29 Faces

Ok, I'm so far behind on my 29 Faces Challenge that I'm going to cheat a little bit.  C'mon, there's two faces in this piece, right?  I do have a certain amount of guilt because this is such an easy piece, but I just really love to color.  I liked to color when I was little and I still do.

What I should do is paint the faces like this on a canvas, then layer transparent fluid acrylic over it in different color squares.  Or, I could do the faces and layer different colored tissue paper squares with gel medium.

Of course, what I really need to do today is clean up my studio!

I'm not even believing that I'm showing this disgusting mess.  I don't get it.  I swear that I clean it and within one sitting I've got stuff all over the place.  It's a good thing that I can close the door.


Saturday, February 15, 2014

#2 of 29 Faces

Just a quick drawing.  This was a Maybelline mascara ad.  I need to work on this some more.  It's pretty rough, but I need to catch up if I'm going to make it to 29.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

#1 of the 29 Faces

I want to take part in 29 Faces, which started on February 1st, so I'm a little behind.  I'm going to try to get caught up in the next couple days.  So, get ready to see a bunch of faces for a while.

This was really fun to do.  I used a Sharpie pen and just started making "hair".  I don't think any of my patterns are "official" Zentangle patterns.  They are more like "Zendoodling". My husband wants me to do the other half of the face, but make it male.

I want to keep the original black and white.  I might go to Kinkos to make a good copy, then add some color to it with my Prismacolor pencils.  We'll see.


Playing with a Sharpie Pen and a Pencil

I'm trying to practice my shading.  I finally figured out what a tortillion is used for.  They make it so easy to blend the graphite pencil.  A tortillion is just, tightly, rolled paper that comes to a sharp point at the end.  They come in various sizes.  I watched a tutorial once on making them yourself, but they are so inexpensive,I don't know if it would be worth it.

Here are my recent attempts at shading.

I'm pretty pleased with myself, actually.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

More Hearts

I'm in a very Valentinesy mood, as far as my art goes. I played around with some more hearts.

This one is kind of weird.  I wanted to try this heart pattern.  Then I decided that I wanted to try some old paper, so this is what I ended up with.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Valentine Doodling and a Crocheted Blanket

I've been doodling around with these hearts for a couple days.  That was a lot of hearts to color.  I used Sharpies.  I cut the angels out of a French school book, then attached them to the page with a glue stick.

My anniversary is Valentines Day.  It will be 24 years.  It's gone by so fast.  When I look at pictures of us in the 90's, it's hard to believe how much we have changed.

I just took this blanket out of the dryer and decided to take a picture of it.  This is, probably, my favorite thing that I have crocheted.  It's 100% cotton.  It feels so heavy and soft.  I love the texture.  I used single and double crochet stitches.  It's great when things turn out the way you wanted.  It's also great when I actually finish a crochet project.  I have plastic containers full of semi-complete afghans, bathing suits, sweaters, shrugs, socks.  You name it - I have it, partially crocheted!