Apr 23, 2014

Envelope Art

This year I am creating original sketches on all of my orders going out through Etsy. If even just an ACEO (2.5x3.5 inch print) is purchased, the customer will receive an original sketch on the envelope.

With a new baby I don't get a lot of time to just sketch, this has been a great way to get some sketching in while at the same time treating my customers with something special.

My customers mean a lot to me and this is one way I can show them. 

These sketches are not scanned in and saved, or reproduced. They are sketched, photographed for my own documentation, and then mailed off. Who knows, maybe one of them will become a painting some day. Now wouldn't that be fun! :)

 Visit my Facebook Page for a current album of envelope art!
Album here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152367583837472.1073741828.50735862471&type=3

Apr 1, 2014

Sisters - A Painting Step by Step

Step one: Finish the sketch.

Step two: Scan and trace using light box,  from print out onto watercolor paper. Using hot press 140lbs. 

Step three: Tape down prepared drawing and spray with clean water, patting down gently with paper towel. Let dry and blog steps. ;)

Step four: Lay in under painting. Here just quickly, while paper is still wet (or spray it to moisten paper again) apply light color with a flat watercolor brush. Be quick but thoughtful about where and what you're putting down, knowing that color will effect all post applied colors.

Step five: Begin what I call the final glazes. These are far more intentional than the previous layer. Most of the paint will be applied using a round brush instead of a flat or square brush. Colors are built up from here.

Step six: The final step in painting, adding the details. Use very small round brushes to get into all those nooks and crannies. These layers are also more saturated and bold. This step takes the longest.