Saturday, September 17, 2011

SPA: Pierrot

"Tears of a Clown"
4 x 6 Postcard

I've been wanting to experiment with "paintovers"for a while now and this week's theme - Pierrot - over at Sunday Postcard Art gave me the perfect opportunity to do so. My goal was to come up with a way to "paint" over an existing image from a magazine or catalogue in order to create a stylized version of the original. I also wanted to challenge myself to work fast and free - and hopefully become a little less cautious with my art in the process . . . Since this was new to me, I took pictures as I went. Wanna see? 

Original image from the new Macy's Fall catalogue

For a distressed look, I removed some of the ink with nail polish remover before sealing 
the image with clear Gesso. I then backed it onto watercolor paper for strength.

Now here's the tricky part: To challenge myself even further, 
I used only wax crayons (Manley) and my finger to blend them.

Final details include the use of pencil, charcoal and Hallmark's B & W sticky ribbons to complete the background.

Thanks for looking! Be sure to check out Sunday Postcard Art for more Pierrot pieces this week. I for one can not wait . . .

Kristin xo

53 comments:

Janet said...

Oh, your mojo is back big time! This piece is so fantastic. I like how you shared the stages you went through to achieve the finished piece. Beautiful!

Joanna said...

Oh WOW, this is so well done. I've seen clear gesso in the shops but didn't know what I'd do with it - and now I know! You have changed the image so dramatically, and the colours and styling are perfect for your pierrot girl.

I'm trying to become a little less cautious too - you're leading the way, lady!

xx

Mandy said...

oh...i love this and what a great idea...i think i may have to try this one day!!thanks for the inspiration kristin...happy sunday to you and your gorgeous ones...xxx

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Oh my gosh Kristin!! I love this!! I tried this before and didn't love it...but I need to try it again. This is fabulous! I have some images just waiting...so, thank you for the inspiration. :)

laurie said...

this is beautiful, just lovely

LynnF said...

Absolutely stunning, Kristin!

Sharon said...

wow how clever & what a stunning job you have done!!!

indybev said...

WOW WOW WOW! This is amazing. What you've done with a magazine photo leaves me speechless. Thanks for sharing your journey of creation!

Kris Dickinson said...

How fantastic is this! Thanks for showing the steps too. Just facinating.

Yvonne said...

Holy doodle, Kristin, this make over is FABULOUS!

aquariann said...

Great paintover idea! Your clown came out awesomely.

sweet southern inspiration said...

wow Kristin, this is beautiful. I love to see the steps and how you got there. Friend, you are going places! I just love to see it all happen! Miss you bunches. Oh and tell Kendra and Dave we miss and love them too!

Judy said...

Stunning result, Kristin, I'm very inspired with your creation, must give it a go!

Heather Henry said...

What an awesome piece. I love the way it turned out, very creative use of a magazine photo. I really like the way the wax crayons look. Great picture! :) And thanks for the link, I'm excited to check it out as well.

Audrey said...

Gorgeous work!

bockel24 said...

Fantastic art!

Kristin said...

that is really cool, you did a fantastic job!

Willy de Bruijne said...

WOW!!!! Fantastic!

Junibears said...

I'd never heard of a technique like this before! My, my, you are so clever. it's just brilliant! xx

Cameron said...

OMG! ....and you did all that with just your finger?! Gorgeous, Kristin....truly!

craftattack said...

Great piece, this is a wonderful paint over. Glad your mojo is back! Valerie

Dezinaworld said...

Kristin this is AMAZING. beautiful beautiful art work
hugs June x

johanna said...

i LOVE what you did with this base... the paint over is just gorgeous!!

Martina2801 said...

This is really fabulous, Kristin!

Sesenarts said...

I;m loving this Kristin! Its amazing what we can come up with when we step out of the box. Julie

Diane said...

Kristin, I'm out of town right now--can't really visit anyone, but I had to tell you that This is awesome!! And a great step-by-step--Thank you for sharing your process--you're great!

PaperPumpkin said...

Wow! I am so impressed! Very creative and out-of-the-box! I love it! Xox. Kath

linda said...

What an amazing transformation! It's a beautiful Pierrette!

scrapwordsmom said...

This is so cool, Kristin. I have been wanting to try these as well. They seem to be in magazines and books...must try!!!

Been thinking about you...you are an inspiration.:)

Missy said...

Wow, that's really cool, love seein the process! Glad your mojo came back too!

krisatlarge said...

really great! Love how you did it, too!!! Thanks for showing us!

Netty said...

Oh wow Kristin this is spectacular... Annette x

Becky Dunham said...

Wow Kristin! This is fabulous! I have never even heard of this technique but it looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing :) Hugs!

bluepurpleandscarlett said...

Wow, this piece really pops! Black, white,and red is my all time favorite color scheme...oooh this is so awesome! I've tried this technique before but it didn't look anywhere near as good as this, you mastered it!!
~Scarlett

Ella said...

I agree you so mastered this; how beautiful she is! I have never tried this, it looks so fun~ You are so talented~

Createology said...

This is so amazing! I loved the Pierrot Girl when I first saw her. I had no idea how you created her from a magazine page. Absolutely excellent transformation. You really rose to this challenge. Blissful painting...

Lesley said...

Oh wow Kristin this is wonderful! I too have toyed with the idea of 'having a go' at this but keep putting it off. Thank you for showing your process. I will now look out for a good image and have a go myself.
This is really awesome and inspiring.
xx

NatashaMay said...

Wow! That's just fantastic! :)

Juliette Crane said...

this is so fun! i'm loving the colors! and it's wild to see what can come out of a bit of inspiration from an image! thank you so much for sharing your inspiration on your beautiful blog! i can't wait to stop back again and see more!

best wishes to you!
-juliette

Scatter said...

I'd have posted sooner but I had to pick my jaw up off the desk!! Thanks for sharing your process. This rocks!

Joyce said...

Kristin, this is beyond gorgeous!

Rita alias alatvian said...

Great work!
Thank you so much for sharing the process!

Carin said...

Ok, my jaw just hit the floor! That is stunning Kristin! Your mojo is not only back, it's gone into overdrive! Such a fantastic piece! Wow! Wow! Wow!

Motherkitty said...

Kristin ~

I love this! You did an amazing job on transforming the magazine image.

I'm new to your blog and haven't had a chance, yet, to read anything other than the current post, but will be reading more soon. I look forward to seeing more.

Kendra is a beautiful little girl. You and your husband are special people for adopting. So many children need good homes. Kendra has one now, and I hope you will adopt another child in the near future. Have you considered adopting an older child? Many are in need of a loving home, but are passed over because of their age. Just a thought.

Thanks for sharing your magazine image transformation and telling us how you did it.

Gentle hugs to you!

Jenny said...

Wow Kristin... your Pierrot Girl is STUNNING... love the process pics... the finished result is amazing...

Jenny x

Janelle said...

This is such a cool idea. I love how she turned out. Thanks for sharing.

Mandy C said...

stunning Kristen... and kendra looking so grown up!

joanna said...

Hi Krisin :) love this paint over!! you did a wonderful job, also love,love your mojo piece!! the background colours are so vibrant! xoxo
ps. Kendra's new pic is adorable :))

creatingme said...

Holy NO YOU DIDN'T!!! I have been wanting to do this, but man, now I am so intimidated by your awesomeness.

Corey Moortgat said...

HI Kristin, I just wanted to tell you thank you so much for your sweet words about my book and artwork last week! And can I tell you that your Kendra is just about the cutest thing ever- love those little glasses!!

Emakesart said...

This is just fantastic!! Wow! VERY cool! And thanks for sharing how you did it.

xoE

Oh, and I'm loving the beginnings of your altered book of sheet music.

Becca said...

WOW! This is so cool, I'd love to try something like this, thanks for sharing! Nice job!

Jackie said...

This is so striking and poignant. A fabulous piece, Kristen. Love the technique you used.
Thanks for popping by - I'm fine and I had a wonderful day with Dina Wakley. Thanks for asking.