I had bought a pack of soft pastels eons ago and had never tried using them so I pulled them out and started to play around with them. I tried on some scrap paper to see if they were water soluble and they were not, they seemed to just pill the paper and make a mess. Didn't like that at all so I thought I'd dry rub them. I picked my colors for my background and rubbed them on and then took a paper towel and dry rubbed the colors to blend. Quite liked the effect. My goal today was to use products that I hadn't used before, which I have to admit left the options wide open!!! LOL Scrapbook hoarder yes I am!
I wanted to use the doily stencil to achieve a soft delicate pattern on my page. I wasn't sure if it would react with the pastel underneath the way inks do and I found out that it does not! Great! It left a nice clean white image on the paper. I'm a happy camper.
Lovely! I wasn't sure what I was going to do next so I decided to seal it in with clear gesso. This still allowed me to have some tooth to the paper to apply more mediums on top. :)
I had gotten these beautiful Prima stencils last year and had only used a couple of them so far. So, this was my chance. Once I decided on this image, I had a person in mind that I wanted to dedicate this page to. She's a lovely lady who I went to school with a long time ago in our elementary years and only recently reconnected via facebook again after all that time. She now lives abroad and is of native origin and is a beautiful person inside and out. I know life has been hard for her and I want her to know that there are people out there who thinks she's wonderful just the way she is! So, with her in mind, I am proceeding forward with this page. I used archival ink and a blending tool to transfer the image onto the page so I had an outline to work with. I have to admit, I suck at sketching so until I get confident enough to try that, this is the way I need to go. LOL
I hadn't used my water color crayons in ages so I wanted to use them to color the image. I picked out my colors and lay some color down and used a small brush to blend them. I build layers of color to get the coverage and blend that I felt I needed. Looking at my images now I realize that I need to go back in and fix the eye.
Next up, hair... there's so much of it! Yikes. I chose 3 different shades of color, 2 browns and a black. I used my paint brush and water and blended the colors with the narrowness of the brush to get fine hairline strokes. Worked a lot better than I thought. ;)
I did go back in and soften it up with more water later. Now I needed to color the flowers in her hair and the feather. So I used Dylusion colors and a paint brush to apply the color.
Next up, I wanted to create a dream catcher. I've seen tons of dream catcher pages being done currently and I wasn't exactly sure how I was going to go about this. I rummaged thru my stash of goodies to find something that I could use. God knows, I have enough stuff, and surely I must have something I can use! LOL Bingo! I found a doily stencil and some feather stamps both that I hadn't used yet. Perfect!
I love my Ferro's for texture paste. They have a smooth grittiness to them and a bit of shimmer and they dry so beautiful. The texture is amazing. I highly recommend them. So, whilst that is drying I wanted to do some shading around my lovely lady. I first used gelatos in complementing colors to the pastels below and intensify the colors around her like a halo. Then I followed around the outline with a charcoal pencil to create some shadowing.
Time to draw in some lines and stamp on the feathers for the dreamcatcher!
The pencil wasn't a strong enough look so used Gelato's to create the lines. I think I should have used the charcoal pencil instead but oh well... too late! LOL I used the saying "Let your dreams take flight" from the same stamp set that I got the feathers from. Also, looking at the photo now I am not happy with the feather in the hair. It just seems a bit lost in there. So I think I am going to glue down some string and attach it to the flower in the hair so it looks like it is meant to be there. :) Note to self: Fix eye and add a string to the feather. :)
Another page done. I hope you enjoy this page. I will add the revised photo later once I fix the items on my list. :) Thanks for stopping in! Drop me a line and say Hi! I would love to get some feedback from you. :) xoxo
As promised: I fixed my oversights and here is the finished page. :)