Thursday, August 9, 2012

Paint Party Friday: Week 22

"If You're Going to Learn to Fly"
9 x 12 watercolor paper

It's PPF: I'm so happy to be back playing with you again!

This one is a labour of love: I spent weeks creating this piece - layer by layer - in order to bring her to life. It's something that I would come to again and again whenever I had a few spare moments to just play this Summer. . . .


The first layer started out with scribbles of ink, a brayer and several colors of acrylic, glitter paints, stamping, finger painting and collaging until I felt satisfied with the background. Once that was done, I used pencil to sketch her face and then a dry brush and various acrylic paints to create and define her features. I wrote the word "love" under her right eye and collaged some text that spoke to me to the surface along with more layers of paint for the wings and page. The last step was to melt hot pink and aqua crayon to the surface, which I then accented with my favorite Stickles glitter.

Wanna see more?

Vintage text on a swirl stamp

Melty crayon and Stickles glitter

The final outcome

There she is: thank you for taking the time to look - I'll see you at the party!


Kristin xo

{P.S. We're heading out of town tomorrow for a little vacation before second grade starts . . . please forgive me if I take longer to respond to any comments I may receive. I look forward to catching up with everyone when I get back.}

50 comments:

Ayala Art said...

Kristin she is so sweet! Even with all the cool colors she looks warm and I love the detail by her eye, beautiful.

Helen Campbell said...

She's beautiful! I love the layers and texture you've created. Have a wonderful vacation and stay safe! Happy PPF!

Debbie said...
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Debbie said...

Beautiful colors and textures. I love the way the collaged words really blend into the composition. Very nice!

Molly said...

beautiful colors in this piece. i absolutely love the blues and greens. and her eyes are just lovely... so much emotion conveyed.

chrissies said...

A wonderful piece of art with so much expression and thought in the face . The way you have added the wording in the circular arrangement is terrific.

Love Chrissie xx

craftattack said...

She is wonderful! Valerie

Liz said...

Wow, I love the depth in this. And wonderful colour choices. You have me itching to try something like it myself.

Actually I've just remebered a sketch I have that is just begging for this treatment.

Thanks for sharing, so inspiring.

Liz

Cameron said...

So happy you get to squeeze in a little more Summer! Maggie started 1st grade this past Wednesday....much, much too soon, in my opinion!!

This piece is gorgeous....the colors, layers, sentiment....it is all so lovely to look at :)

Enjoy your vacation....we'll see you in a bit!

Carolyn Dube said...

Rich- that is the word that just kept coming into my mind as I read your post. Rich because of all the layers that built up to create subtleties that come together in such a fabulous painting!!

Netty said...

Loving all the fabulous layers and the beautiful girl. Enjoy your vacation Kristin. Happy PPF, Annette x

Sinderella Studio Designs said...

stunning! ab-soul-tley!
cheers, dana

carlarey said...

It actually looks as though there is a whole summer's worth of memories layered into this one painting. It's wonderful.

NatashaMay said...

Fabulous background and great texture. Girl looks adorable! :)

laurie said...

now thats amazing, the color the texture, its just beautiful,

missy k said...

Happy Holidays :)

What an amazing piece... I love all the layers, colours and details ...

beautiful!

Karenx

Christine said...

Just lovely, I like the writing under her cheek!

Faye said...

Kristin, this is amazing. All the steps and layers to make it really paid off. There is such depth of color to the background. And that gorgeous face with "love" under her LEFT eye is just precious. Beautiful work.

Diana Evans said...

oh wow!!!! I love this piece Kristin!!!! the colours are amazing~

Gina Sismilich said...

Kristin - your work is beautiful. I love all the layers and the face just pulls at my heart. Great job.

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

Beautiful work. The layers are masterfully done. I love the words and her face is devine. Happy PPF

Lynn said...

Love the melted wax the best!
fun piece.
Have a fun retreat before school starts. Enjoy. HPPF!

ros said...

Those eyes are somewhat telling something. and love the print under it :)

miz katie said...

Love! Hope you're having a fabulous time!!

sandee said...

She looks so sad as if a big tear is going to fall from her eye, and then you read...perhaps I should go solo? wow, really pulls you in. I hope you have a great vacation! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

scarlett said...

Those colors are amazing, I absolutely love the way you put the text on the swirl stamp! THAT is cool!

WrightStuff said...

This is amazing. I can see all the hard work that has gone into it. Fab!! Big round of applause!

Gloria said...

Excellent! Love all the texture and beautiful color. She looks great. Thanks. Good to see you again.

Karen Smithey said...

Love her, love the text!

Natasha said...

Love the melted crayon on this!! And the text is beautiful.

stefanie stark said...

This is a beautiful lady. There is so much love not only in her eyes, but in the whole picture. I lovethe colors!

Carin said...

She's gorgeous Kristin! I love all the yummy layers you've added and all the areas of interest. The piece really pulls you in.

Anne said...

Beautiful! Love the colors and textures!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Absolutely beautiful creation with lots of work, mediums and dazzling results ~ (A Creative Harbor)

denthe said...

Beautiful colors! that background is amazing.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Welcome back!
Beautiful combination of colors...love the blues and teal!
Hope you have a fun little vacation!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

I love all the colors in her eyes! Patsy from
HeARTworks and
papemelroti

Giggles said...

Beautiful piece and so much raw emotion in this lady. Wow thanks for sharing your process!!

Hugs Giggles

Jessica Sporn said...

Just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing the steps. Melting crayons -- oh my! Love it.

Gloria said...

I enlarged it so I could really see all the wonderful pieces that you describe. So interesting with all the peek-a-boo script, the texture of the crayons, the sparkles, the gorgeous colors!

Joanna said...

Kristin, she's beautiful. I love the quote done like that - the melted crayon looks wonderful.

Wishing you a very happy vacation :)

xx

Ella said...

You whole blog is gorgeous! So vibrant like a neon rainbow :D
I love it!~
enJOY your vacation xo and smile a lot :D

mette laumann said...

What a gorgeous work. Beautiful all of your art Kristin
Mette xx

JKW said...

OMGosh all those things in that beautiful painting. Thank you for explaining and sharing. Blessings, Janet PPF have a wonderful vaca. . . I just got back myself.

Brooklyn Grace said...

Hello dear,
just found your blog and i think its really cool
Followed you on GFc
hope you follow back
i love the pics
best
ki$$E$

Za faran said...

Wow! She's soooo very beautiful! I love your colors!

Daniele Valois said...

I LOVE these quirky pieces. Adore them adore you!

Brooklyn Grace said...

Thanks for the lovely comment!!!!
kisses

Nicola said...

Oh Kristin!!!! Your work is so unique it really has your personality in there. LOVING the colour choice and I really would love to try the layering that you do it looks so fun! :0)

Hope you guys had a great vacation!
xoxox

bohemiannie! art said...

Big WoW! She is beautiful. I love the word love printed on her cheekbone. Awesome work. You can see that you had fun and loved doing it.