Saturday 21 February 2015

2015 #3 Ledger Book Portrait {by Clare Lloyd PA Signature Designer}

2015 Theme 3: Fresco Paints

Hi Clare Lloyd here tonight with a portrait I painted using the brand new limited addition paints by JOFY. I am going to share a few ideas about how to using translucent paint in your art work to add depth both of colour and texture.

Step One:
Working in an old ledger book which had a page already covered in black gesso, I was brave and brayered a rough face shape using Buff Fresco paint and then used some Jade over the background using a Mini Brayer. I did my favourite baby wipe technique to rub away some of the colour through a Crafters Workshop stencil called Mini Susanas Arrows, plus also scraped through with an old comb to get a scratch effect.

Step Two:
After sketching in some detail I added some more colour; Prawn for the hair, another layer of Buff on the face and some Jade for the eyes.

Step Three:
Now some ideas on how to use translucent colour over your art work...

Lips after a layer of Prawn and then a Snowflake highlight I added a layer of Cherry Red and did some simple sgriffito (scraped into wet paint with wooden end of a paintbrush). You will see the same effect using Limelight over Jade on the eyes and also with Tango on the hair.

Step Four:
To add some contrast shading to the face I used Southern Skies (a bright translucent), I applied this with my finger to be able to blend it really well. I did two layers of this shading in the end and used the left over paint on the background. 

Step Five:
The face needed to 'pop out' from the background a little more. So around the edge of the face, on the background, I added some Snowflake with a baby wipe and then rubbed through with a Crafters Workshop Mini Stones Divided stencil to wipe away some of the snowflake, leaving the stepping stones impression. 

And Finally: 
Of course there had to be some stamping and I used some of the fab new quotes, chevron elements from EEG02/EEG03 in black ink. 

I hope this project has helped to see how translucent paints can be used to enhance colour and texture in any project using Fresco Paints. Why not try that Sgriffito technique this week! 

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What a great array of helpful tips Clare. I can only encourage people to have a go at faces, its so true, the more you do, the better you get, and often kooky faces have an unexpected quirky personality. It's probably better to try to restrain any expectation of what a face *should* look like. I've only recently realised, if you paint the skin in non-traditional skin tone face colours, like Clare has used the blues here, that there is less pressure for the face to conform to some kind of unrealistic perfection. I am really loving those faces that are painted in really bright lime greens, blues, purples, pinks etc rather than skin tones perfection we have seen lots of over recent years. So come on people, lets do kooky bright faces and throw caution to the wind, are you IN ??? Then show us what you can do in the challenge. ~Leandra

We would love you to join in with Challenge #3:Paint. If you are inspired by any of our guests who blog with us over these 2 weeks, then please join in and show us your painterly exploits HERE.

All links go in the draw to win a £50 voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Paint link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday Feb 21st, winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.


Unknown said...

Awesome lady Clare, love the detail on the eyes:). Xxx.

Kirsten said...

Clare, she is wonderful. Thank you for all the technique tips.

PaperArtsy said...

Ohhh, a blueish lady...I am loving the not-pink people!! LOL

Hazel Agnew said...

Just fabulous Clare. Loads of tips! Xx

Miriam said...

This is gorgeous Clare - so wish I could draw people!!

Lauren Hatwell said...

Brilliant! Great tips too. Lx

Kezzy said...

Wow wow wow totally gorgeous amazing creation, your girls are always wonderful and now we can get them in stamps awesome. Kezzy :-) xxx

Julie Lee said...

I was out on Friday and Saturday, so I'm a bit late commenting, Claire. This is beautiful - so many great tips for colouring and adding depth! xxx

Jane said...

Love the details of your painting x

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Fabulous girl, Clare

Debs M said...

she is fantastic! x

Art By Wanda said...

I haven't been brave enough to try a face yet but every time I read through one of your projects I feel myself getting closer to trying it!!! Love the effect of drawing through the translucent paint!! Way cool!!!

Unknown said...

Love the face Claire, and the way you have done the background x

massofhair said...

Thank you for the tips Clare, i really struggle with skintones so i like the idea of different colours for the face!

:-) xxx

Cocofolies said...

Fabulous drawing and painting Clare, the result is very gorgeous!! and thank you for your tips too. Coco xx