Took me 2 days to finish and I am very satisfied with it. (See part
one here) This was a gift for my daughter, who loves it very much. She doesn't know this but I will be adding a couple paintings to make a set. There is a certain Pink Palace that I am just dying to paint!
Anyway, in true blogging fashion I want to show the steps I took to get this painting done. I am no artist for sure! And I hope this inspires somebody out there to give it a try, if I can do it you can do it too :)
Coraline is actually not painted at all,
she is made with layers of pages from an old book!
I started off with a picture printed off of google to use as reference (the 2nd last picture below shows the printed off image) , a canvas over a wood frame that I found at the Dollarama for 2 bucks, an old paint brush, and Americana Satin Enamel, (water-based) in Evening Blue.
Note: You can enlarge these pictures by clicking on them and then use your back button to come back to the post.
I gave the canvas one coat of the Evening Blue and once that was good and dry, I used a cloth dipped in acrylic Folk Art True Blue and also in acrylic Folk Art white paint and rubbed the cloth over the entire surface. Just lightly going over and over until I had the look I wanted. I was going for a soft, cloudy night. And if it was too light I just rubbed over some evening blue to darken it up. (so sorry, I've lost a couple pictures and the 2nd step was one of them. But if you look at the final painting you will see I just lightly went over it in layers until I had what looked like a soft cloudy night).
To paint the moon I used one of my dinner plates as a template and painted a rough outline around it, I just used the paint brush. I didn't want a perfect circle. When I flipped the plate onto the canvas I kinda had to chuckle at the name of the plate!
Now for Coraline! And boy, she proved to be a tough one just trying to decide which medium to use. I didn't want to paint her, I want to make her out of something else. After trying many different things from cloth to yarn and not liking any of them I settled on a paper collage! That wasn't so bad at all once I got her main drawing down but it did take time. I started with a rough drawing using the tree as a size indicator. The picture I was using as a reference had her holding a stick which I removed after I cut her out, it was just easier without that stick, lol
And that about does it. I did take a pencil and outline a few things.. the rocks I penciled in and then using paint on a cloth, I shaded and shaded alternating between white and black and a little blue until I liked what I saw! I also used a pencil dipped in white paint and dotted in a few stars.
And, wa la! I had a super cool painting that I gifted to my daughter who was very happy to receive it!
I hope this has inspired someone out there to give painting a try! You don't need to be an artist, honest! All you need is a brush, some paint and a little inspiration and maybe some glue if you decide to make a collage on your painting like I did. Forget about perfection and just have fun!!
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