Monday, February 15, 2010

Progression of Paintings

Sometimes I do two paintings at a time when I am using the same techniques and/or colors. These photos illustrate how these two paintings progressed.

First, I cut scraps of paper from my vintage books and use Modge Podge to put them where I want them. One of them is Grimm's Fairy Tales and the other is an old music book--both from the 1800's. A bibliophile would hate me for this.

Next, I pencil in the subject. Sometimes I use oil pastels to do this. Often I cut the girl or kitty right out of my sketch book and trace around it onto the canvas.

Next, I paint the backgound.

Then I paint the subject and glue on other paper if used.

Then I paint the details. This is the part my kids laugh at me about, because I am wearing glasses and also look through a magnified light when I do this! My eyes aren't what they used to be! ugh!

I sign my painting and add my signature heart somewhere. Then I usually use my beloved crackle on it. After a few hours of drying, I antique it with either brown or black paint watered down. I wipe off the excess and give it one or two coats of Modge Podge luster. I like the thick texture it gives! These paintings will probably go up on Ebay tonight.

Don't forget I still have 3 paintings on Ebay for only ONE PENNY starting bid! As a bonus these paintings include a small wire easel for display! Check it out!


Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

I love the tutorial on how you did these..I have dabbled in the mixed media and it is fun to see what comes of it.I love your work..and I love these two.especially the american dream..:)

Kelly said...

Well....I am a bibliophile and I do the same thing with old worn out books.;)My local library has a once a year sale & for about $5 I get a carton of old books that would have gone to a shredder anyway.
I love seeing the 'behind the scenes' of how you paint those sweet paintings. Oh yes...and I'm another one with glasses and sometimes even magnifying glasses and then a lighted magnifier. My hubby asked me what I'd do when my eyes get so bad that even that won't work...I told him I'll start painting like Jackson

Kolleen said...

love both of these paintings and seeing the progression and your techniques!!

i had three paintings going at once last week which normally i work one at a was pretty kids were like "what in the world....??"

happy monday!

MyBlueHeaven said...

Gosh, sounds like a lot of work to me but it's worth it the way it turns out.

BeadedTail said...

What an interesting technique and they turned out beautiful! I can't multi-task when creating anything so I'm fascinated by those who can!

Pease Porridge said...

I love both of these Cris. It is funny what Kelly said about the magnifying glass and lights. Ha ha . We know all about that. I also love what Kolleen's kids say, ' What in the world '. I get that even when working on one. Ha ha
Love seeing your work in progress, but I must say if they could only see them in person. Pictures just do not do your painting justice.

Micki said...

Oh thanks for sharing your process with everyone cris, I love watching the progression of a painting.

Micki x

B.J. von Schneyder Art said...

Fanstastic, thanks for sharing!

Heather said...

I love to see the process of creating a painting, how fun! and they turned out so lovely~

Juliette Crane said...

so interesting to see your process. i love how your creativity evolves with each piece. thank you for sharing! i absolutely adore your art!