Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Make A Face - Whimsical Girl (with attitude)

When I saw the title 'Make A Face'
 over on the PaperArtsy blog
I couldn't resist a visit.

The Guest Designer Clare Lloyd
(whose blog is Miscanthus Crafts)
shows in a 'picture story' video how to
make a face simply and without sticking
to numerous dos and don'ts.
The video (vimeo) can be found here.

I really enjoyed listening to her and seeing in
a series of photos her step by step method of making a face.

Here's what I did after watching her video.

 I made a simple stencil of neck and shoulders and head.
Dabbed through the stencil with a mixture of
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish chalk acrylics and Distress Inks.
(my face is pink as I only have a few of the paints at the moment.)
Did what I could with the shading (using watercolour pencils)
 - that's what I always struggle with.

I enjoyed making the background as much as the face.

Rubber stamped a collage/text image in Pumice Stone
Distress Ink and then daubed through the swirly
stencil some Milled Lavender Distress Ink.

Then overstamped with a single swirl stamp
(freebie from Craft Stamper mag June 2012)
with Faded Jeans Distress Ink.

Finally randomly stamped (with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink)
the ferny leafy thingy which doesn't in fact come from the stamp set
pictured (sorry!).  It's from Hot Picks-PaperArtsy number HP1010.
I didn't use a mount so the image is intentionally a bit sketchy.

I cut the girl out and stuck her onto the background.

She's not perfect, but I'm pleased with how she turned out.
She doesn't really look like she has 'attitude', but it was
just a word I had laying about on my desk (as you do!).

I like the background too - that's something I don't 
usually do - overstamp, but I really like the result. 

Thanks for looking, and thanks Clare for sharing your techniques :)



Dawn Louise said...

You've done a wonderful job I particular like the eyes and loving the hair too, and you should be pleased it's a fabulous piece x

Meggymay said...

She looks beautiful, great eyes.
Yvonne x

Jamie Lynn said...

so cute! I have got to try this stencil thing

Netty said...

Loving your fab results Sherry. Annette x

Createology said...

Sherry she is just beautiful and definitely has attitude. Drawing Faces Bliss...

Mrs A. said...

I love your background and yes she does have attitude. Just see that tilt of her head!! hugs Mrs A.

Jez said...

I like your different approach to creating a character, with a definitely different but lovely face. It's interesting to follow your process, such a good idea, and your background is marvellous.

Clare Lloyd said...

She is fabulous! Thanks so much for joining the challenge over at PaperArtsy.

Deborah said...

She does have a slightly confrontational stare so 'attitude' is perfect IMO. She also happens to be fabulous - I like your colour choices.

Hazel Agnew said...

I love the result too Sherry. Not using the same colours has added something different and I love her hair colour. Your background is gorgeous. Brilliant job.x

Jackie said...

She looks REALLY good. Great background too.
I'm off to have a look at the Paper Artsy blog!

Ira Huberts said...

Awesome how you made this Sherry, love her hair and your gorgeous background, she sure has attitude! Hugs, Ira x
Ira’s Crea Corner

Алексровер Анна said...

I see a beautiful girl in your own " Sherry's" art style! Love, how you made a background! Thank you for sharing!!!!!

massofhair said...

Like how you did your stencil, i did mine in one piece then detatched the head (sounds painful), like your way better.

Your Whimsy Girl is very cool, love her hair colour & eyes. She definitely has attitude. Fab background shapes & colours:-) xxx

sheila 77 said...

I enjoyed your clear description of how you made this and I liked the way you made the background and girl separately. Your finished picture is very effective and attractive.

PetraB said...

This is simply amazing .... she has not only attitude but is also so precious.

Craftyfield said...

You've even given her clothes! She turned out well and the background is lovely too.

Alison said...

She's beautiful Sherry! x

Diane said...

What a wonderful drawing with the fun background.

Hugs diane