Monday 12 October 2015

2015 #19 Flora {by Kim Dellow}

 2015 Topic 19: Faces

Hey Guys, Kim Dellow here for the first time on the PaperArtsy blog!

Thanks for the invitation to come and join in the fun, particularly this week as the theme is right up my art-street. I am a born again face drawer/painter/sketcher/collage-maker! 

Ok, so perhaps I should start at the beginning. I’ve never really been that into drawing faces, mainly because I didn’t think that I could, well not to a point beyond a four year old with a crayon that is.

Then one day, on a whim, I tried to paint a face in my art journal. No Idea why, I just went for it and what a shock when it actually turned out looking like a face! You can see that attempt on my blog, it links in well with today’s share as it uses the same JoFY stamp set, JoFY 32

Since that surprising attempt I have been actively encouraging others to give it a go (go on you know you want to!). I now run a weekly community share called Show Your Face and it fills me with genuine joy that both veteran face/portrait artists and people who, like me, had not tried it before, link up and share their amazing work every week, there is so much inspiration!

Flora By Kim Dellow For PaperArtsy

Step One: To start my make today I’ve used Fresco Acrylic Paints South Pacific and Autumn Fire to build a background. Add the paint in a line at the top of a canvas board, spray with water, lift the canvas up vertically and let the paint drip freely down the canvas board. Allow the paint to dry then drip more paint onto the canvas from above.

Step 1 background building for Flora By Kim Dellow For PaperArtsy

Step Two: Once the background is completely dry, draw in the face with a pencil. I’ve used a grid system to help place the features of the face and to help with the proportions.

Step 2 sketch the face for Flora By Kim Dellow For PaperArtsy

Step Three: The next step is to go over the pencil lines and I’ve used a fine paint pen for this task then let it dry completely before moving on to the next stage. Once dry I’ve coloured in the eyes using Fresco Acrylic Paints: South Pacific, Snowflake and Little Black Dress.

Step 3 Fill in the eyes for Flora By Kim Dellow For PaperArtsy

Step Four: Now for a bit of stamping. I love stamping in paint so I spread a thin layer of the Little Black Dress Fresco Acrylic Paint onto a piece of plastic and dab the large flower stamp from the JOFY 32 stamp set into it and then stamp on the canvas. I repeat this for the butterfly from the same set. Just make sure you wash your stamps before the paint can dry on it.

Step 4 Stamp with JoFY for Flora By Kim Dellow For PaperArtsy

Step Five: Now I use Fresco Acrylic Paints South Pacific, Orchid, Snowflake and a touch of Autumn Fire to colour in the stamping with a brush. This is also a good time to add the highlights in the eye and a bit of shading to give a dimension to the eye.

Step 5 Colour JoFY images for Flora By Kim Dellow For PaperArtsy

Step Six: Again let the paint dry then use the same paint stamping technique from Step 4 to re-stamp the JOFY 32 flower and butterfly with the Little Black Dress Fresco Acrylic Paint and use the paint pen to touch up the stamping where needed. Finally I went over the negative space around her head with Gesso.

Step 6 Stamp with JoFY again for Flora By Kim Dellow For PaperArtsy

Close up of Flora By Kim Dellow For PaperArtsy

I really hope that this week on the PaperArtsy blog will encourage you to get into faces, or if you are already a devoted portrait artist I hope it inspires you to the next level in your face art. I’m looking forward to seeing all the shares and don’t forget to link up any of your face artwork at Show Your Face if you don’t already do so.

That’s it from me, Kim Dellow.

You can find me at my blog or under my name on any of the social media outlets you can think of…Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, G+, I think I’m pretty much on all of them!

Welcome Kim! This is a great post for all those novice artists looking to try there hand at Faces. I love the minimal but striking use of colours. The proportions/composition is fab and Jo's stamp compliment your art perfectly. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us. ~Gillian

We would love you to join in with challenge #19: Faces If you are inspired by any of our guests who blog with us over the fortnight, then please join in and link up your creativity HERE

All links go in the draw to win a voucher to spend on products of your choice from the PaperArtsy online store. The Faces link will close 17:00 (London Time) Sunday, Oct 25th winner will be announced 2 hours later at 19:00.


Hazel Agnew said...

I love the clean lines and minimalism here Kim. To me, that is harder to do! She is fabulous! X

Julie Lee said...

Great post, Kim! I love your background - with that terrific drippage - and what a wonderful sense of line in this! It's a fabulous inspiration for anyone wanting to give faces a try with excellent step by step instructions. I love how you incorporated Jo's stamps too. Lovely to see you on the PA blog! xx

massofhair said...

Awesome to see you on the PA blog Kim, it's about time!

Fantastic use of JOFY stamps, your face is as always inspirational. Miss joining in with your Friday Show Your Face, do hope i can join in again soon:-) xxx

Helen said...

Great tips Kim - and it was only fitting that you should be first up this week!

Craftyfield said...

Love the colours and drippage! Very nice face...

PaperArtsy said...

I really love your background Kim, so soft and minimalist and drippy! Perfect starting point! I really hope lots of people jump in on this, like you say, once you start it really isn't as hard as you might expect!

Mac Mable said...

Firstly it's great when I see I have the stamp set x Next your gorgeous layout and the drawing of the face and the colours you've used are perfect. I am still 'scared' of drawing a face but you really have given me inspiration to try x Thanks very much x

Kim Dellow said...

Thanks everyone, it is wonderful to be here on the PaperArtsy blog and thank you for your lovely comments. I'm so looking forward to all the inspiration to come!

#ShowYourFace misses you too MassOfHair and I'm hoping you will be back playing again soon.

Me too Mac Mable, I was totally scared of trying faces too, but it is worth giving it a go! You never know you might surprise yourself :)


Deborah Wainwright said...

Great face Kim to inspire those who are not yet hooked lol. Resistance is futile. Great to see you here too. See you Friday xx

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Gibby Frogett said...

Fantastic face Kim - very inspiring piece - love it!
Off to get some stamps out and have a go... Gill xx

Unknown said...

Lovely face, love the colour of her eyes and the flower stamp x

Sandie said...

love it Kim! This is something I have not tried and you have inspired me to have a go!

Kim Dellow said...

Ahh thanks guys, I'm so glad you like it, looking forward to seeing what you make :)

Resistance is definitely futile Debs LOL!


Tracy said...

Beautiful inspiring post Kim .... going to get people addicted lol xxx

Words and Pictures said...

Great to see you here Kim, and what a fabulous face - love the drippage and the summery stamping of the flower and butterfly.
Alison x

froebelsternchen said...

What a wonderful creation Kim! Super!

Kirsten said...

This is beautiful! Wonderful that Kim's was the first project for the new challenge.

Mona Pendleton said...

Simply beautiful Kim! Thanks for sharing your creative process!