Thursday, 1 September 2016

My first painted character!!!

I have long been an admirer of those who can create their own characters for their work (Kate Crane and Trish Latimer being particular favourites). So when the Crafts Galore Encore September Challenge was decided as, "Anything Goes", and I didn't get a digi from Beccy's Place (prize one set of digis to the randomly chosen winner) I decided now was the time to try.

I have been lucky enough to to attend a couple of classes with Kate Crane and I used the techniques I learnt with her to create my 8" square canvas. The paints used were Decoart Fluid Media and also Decoart Tinting Base. My three colours were mixed with the tinting base and applied randomly, I then used stamps and stencils to build up the layers of the canvas. I finished with splodges of black paint, I used a white pen wherever I felt it needed it putting on swirls, wiggles and generally marking my page and added dots from the new Ranger Enamels range.

Trish provided the instruction for drawing and painting the character's face and figure(I have the Traplet DVD "Creating Faces", which gives lessons from four great artists)  I used Golden Watercolour Ground, on normal Journal paper to create a texture to paint on and used a selection of Watercolour pencils and Neo Colour 2 Crayons to colour her in. I fussy cut her out and stuck her on to the canvas. I used a black watercolour pencil to outline her and added washi paper to ground her. I finished with  the saying, "She dreams in colours that don't exist", which I created using my old fashioned motex labeller (which I LOVE!)

I loved doing this, especially as at various points throughout the process I decided it was a complete disaster, but remembered Kate's advice to keep going as anything can be mended using a technique like this!

I hope you enjoy it too, a splash of colour always makes me smile!
Happy Crafting,
Denyse x

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Emma said...

Fab canvas & painting your own character must have been so hard. I can colour but drawing anything is not my strong suit xx

Carole said...

This is gorgeous, Denyse! The character is so wistful and beautiful and I love the background you created for her. Great quote used too! xx

Andree said...

This is such a gorgeous canvas Denyse. The collage background looks amazing and I love the dreamy expression on your girl character's face. The sentiment is just perfect xxx

Planetsusie said...

I think you know I love this 'cos I said so on FB. The image you've drawn is just so sweet and those colours really go so well together. I adore this! Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

Tamie said...

It looks like a ton of fun painting the character. I love the image and how you fussy cut it. The colors, layout and sentiment are awesome. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing inspiration with us at 4 Crafty Chicks Fussy Cutting Challenge.

Tamie DT

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Denyse this is a stunning canvas I love it. Well done for not giving up it was all worth it in the end to have such a gorgeous piece of art. Have a great week. Take care. Hugs Jackie

GregT said...

Beautiful canvas. Love all the colors and techniques. Thanx for joining us at Incy Wincy Designs.

Trish Latimer said...

I love her! I'm so pleased you have been inspired by my figures and faces Denyse! You've done a fabulous job! Trish xxxx

Annette Stapylton said...

Great job on your canvas and creating your own image. Well done.
Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
[Annette Registered Owner/Admin for Classic Design Team Challenge]

Annette Stapylton said...

Back again, and again just super work. Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

Donna Ellis said...

And she is a wonderful character, Denyse! Wonderful free-hand drawn happiness, and such gorgeous colors! Her eyes definitely light up the page - beautiful! hugs, de

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Brilliant card .Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments challenge good luck Ginny ♥
Aud Sentiments
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Carolyn Cochran said...

What an interesting creation! It's always fun to try new things! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Your Passion!
Carolyn DT

Stamping Bubbles said...

A stunning piece of artwork. It is always good to try something new and this is an excellent first time project. Thank you for sharing with us at Fantasy Stampers.
Crafty hugs

Andree said...

Hi Denyse, I'm back with a DT hat on. This is a beautiful canvas and a work to be proud of. I love the gorgeous pastel colours and the collage effect background. Your self image is adorable and the sentiment is a perfect finishing touch.
Thank you for joining in with the September challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media and good luck x

cards by Victoria said...

very nice.Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Victoria DT

Creative world said...

Awesome canvas and awesome coloring...thank you for joining us at Aud SEntiments
Ċ½eljka DT

Julie B said...

Well done with creating your own character for your canvas.
So pleased you joined us at Fantasy Stampers. :)

Chana Harris said...

It is hard to believe that this is your first effort! Very nicely done! Thanks for Rocking with us this week at 613 Avenue Create!
Chana Malkah Harris, Owner

Judy McKay said...

Lovely design and beautifully first effort. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT

Wheelie Crafty said...

What Denyse, this is amazing for a very first effort, I love the colours you have created.

Hugs Rhonda xxx