Today I woke up energized and ready to paint! I watched the lesson from Juliette Crane again last night, and it was something I wanted to try. The class was about painting a whimsical owl...but she also showed how she creates any figure in her style by using the same template... a basic circle and rectangle. I am really not that in to owls, so I decided to try making a bunny since Easter is coming. Then I thought my bunny needed a friend since I added in eggs. He would have to be a super bunny to hide all those eggs alone! Here is my mixed media painting inspired by Juliette Crane :)
The first step was finding colors I love, and then using brushes and fingers to cover up the white space on my 12" X 18" 140 pound cold pressed watercolor paper. I am so over 'mixed media' paper. It is just too thin and doesn't hold up to my abuse with wet medias! I used acrylic paints, bleeding tissue paper, and some Neocolor II water soluble crayons. The worst part of this process was having to let it dry!
Once it was dry, I sketched on my figures, the horizon line, and eggs. I used a black Stabilo marks all pencil. I then started blocking out the negative space using a wash of purple acrylic. Next I added a bit of yellow acrylic ink to the ground. Then I started to fill in my characters a bit using my fingers and occasionally a brush.
After I waited a bit more drying time..and went to eat some leftover pizza...I came back and redefined my figures again using my Stabilo.
So now..back and forth, back and forth a few times. Adding colors, covering things I don't like, and redefining lines. I used a cut up plastic keycard to add some grass and to scrape some blue paint over the purple wash in the background.
My final step before calling it done was to add a moon in the sky and then splatter some watered down acrylic for a starry night background.
I hope you enjoyed my whimsical painting. Leave me a comment :)