Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Inner and Outer World - WOYWW #301

Hey :)

Wow..I thought it was Tuesday! Nope..Wednesday and time to go desk hopping at Stamping Ground.
If you wonder what that means..click on the link and check it out :)

So my desk is a mess as usual. I have been working on the Lifebook week 11 lesson with Jane Davenport and I just finished it! Here is the desk this morning when I was getting started. That journal page on the desk is one of Jane's 'sketchercises' about learning to draw a figure. I filled it in a bit with my new Posca pen colors because I love them so much:)


Here is my finished lesson. I know I have said this before...probably MANY times...but this lesson was SO FUN! I LOVED IT! Maybe because my favorite thing to do is collage? I don't know..but I had a BLAST doing it.


The idea of the lesson was to create a piece of art that represent both your inner world and outer worlds. So I started with a collage of things I love and think about. I don't have a ton of pictures around just waiting to be collaged...so I printed out some things on deli paper and them sprayed them with a workable fixative. Then cut them out and put them on my paper, along with some text and music score. I used liquid matte medium and scraped with a old gift card to get out bubbles and wrinkles if I could.


Next I needed a face. Jane used a laser copy of one of her own artworks for this. But I don't have the library of faces she does...or a laser printer. So I made my own. I thought you might like to see a progression of how I do a face.


Then I put the face on my collage and drew a figure for her. Then I blocked out the negative space using gesso. I tried to leave as much collage as I could to represent my inner world.


Then I used water color to make splatters and to unify the hair and body collages a bit. My new Dr Ph Martin watercolors are awesome!


My final steps were to add a bit more details using my black and white Posca pens..and then adding a couple butterflies because I thought they made the art more interesting :)


I hope you enjoyed my project. 
<3 Shel

36 comments:

  1. Love your collage page. I enjoyed the step by step process of how you created it--especially that fabulous face. At first it seemed so jarring on your piece but you worked it in so nicely. You are the Collage Queen! Thanks for the visit earlier! Judy #67

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    1. Thank you so much Judy :) Collage Queen..I like it!

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  2. She is lovely and it's very kind of you to show us how you did the drawing, lovely.
    Thanks for the visit and happy crafting, Angela x 31

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    1. Thanks for come back by Angela :)

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  3. She is awesome! Thank you for sharing your progress photos. Very interesting!
    Hugs
    Gabriele 15

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    1. Thank you Gabriele for your kind comment :)

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    2. Thanks for your kind comment! Sedona! I have been there 15 years ago - a magical place (at least it was)! Have a good time!

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    3. It still is so very magical up there :) I am looking forward to being renewed and inspired!

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  4. Wow, that is beautiful. Thanks for showing the stages of the face, it's amazing.
    The colours are gorgeous.
    Have a great week,
    Von #23

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    1. Thank you Von for your kind comment and for stopping by :)

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    1. Thank you very much :) I love it too...which is a rare thing LOL

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  6. Gosh, seeing the process was so interesting! I had no idea that's how your beautiful butterfly lady was created....so clever!! I love the collages background especially :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 5 xx

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    1. Thank you Jan :) It is fun to do mixed media!

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  7. I love it. See, that's the thing.. I woudnt go to those lengths...printing on the deli paper and etc...wouldnt occur to me! Love the colours and I think her face is just wonderful.

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    1. Thank you Julia :) Collage is my first love...now I am getting more into mixed media and painting. Combining them was so fun!

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  8. Wow, you are doing some amazing art with your Lifebook lesson. Stunning.
    sandra de @29

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  9. LOVE that face!! The whole project is amazing, and I'm always in awe of the steps that go into a work of art like this. Beautiful! I can understand why you are really happy with the result.
    Have a great week! Nann #48

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    1. Thanks so much Nann for keeping it coming with the sweet comments! <3

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  10. Have just hit "publish" and the comment has disappeared - aargh!! Not sure what happened. Let's try again. Great piece of art there, Shel. Well done.
    Thanks for visiting already.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #7

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    1. Thank you Margaret :) Yes, sometimes that happens to my comments too...then later it says..you already said that -_- frustrating!

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  11. Thanks so much for sharing your process in such detail. I am also working on the Inner/Outer world piece and think my first draft is more of a "sketch" and am planning on doing a second version. You have given me some wonderful ideas. (as always)

    Pat #78

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    1. Thanks Pat :) I am sure your project will be gorgeous!

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  12. Hi Shel....ooooh my your work is amazing....I love it, so colourful too, she's gorgeous and all those lovely layers to make the gb...fabulous. Thanks also for visiting Cheers RobynO#25

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    1. Thank you so much Robyn. I am believing in that whole the more layers the better thing nowadays LOL

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  13. This is the kind of work that accomplished artists make, Shel. Seriously, you could be a teacher next year on LifeBook. You've got the shading of the face nailed perfectly and th edetails look so clear and crisp. I haven't even had time to watch the videos from last week, but I'm really inspired by your results to get started.

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    1. Thank you so much Zsuzsa! I am learning a lot and soaking it up like a sponge from LB and other classes but I don't think I yet have confidence to teach.. Maybe someday :) You are so supportive of me! Thank you my friend <3

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  14. What an amazing piece of art! Thank you for showing the process. The whole thing is beautiful.
    Thank you for visiting earlier in the week and for your kind comment.
    Sorry I'm so late with this but the house we were staying in in Italy didn't have internet. My son does but we were not able to go to his house as the village was/probably still is completely snowed in. Wednesday morning I went to a coffee bar that had wifi and posted my little contribution.
    I'm now back home and catching up on stuff, downloading (baby) photos and keeping the washing machine going.
    Have a great week,
    Lisca

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    1. Thank you Lisca :) It is never too late to stop by for a peek and a comment! And you were in Italy! Better to see the sites then worry about the Internet in such a fascinating place :)

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  15. OMG .... such an amazing art piece. I am so thrilled so that showed the step outs for the face. Your work is beautiful and truly inspirational. Thank you so much

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    1. Thank you so much Jane :) I thought people may be interested in how many layers I fuss with on faces lol.... And I probably added more after I put it on the page as well to get it to blend up. It has been fun learning my own process for shadows and highlights!

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  16. An absolutely beautiful lady! Love your collage work...and look at those butterflies! :)

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    1. Thank you. Yes, the butterflies really added to the final project...an afterthought but worth it :)

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