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!
I am a self taught artist who has always enjoyed creating anything from a flower garden to the perfect meal. Now that my children, (ages 23, 26, and 27) are all grown up, I have more time to create! I also work 4 days a week during the school year with special needs preschoolers--which I dearly love! The children in my life inspire many of my paintings.