May 15th, 2012
I know how I love to watch step-by-step work in progress photos, It’s probably the best part to see that transformation…
So…. I thought you would like to see how I paint my mini originals.
First thing – I pick theme, I imagine colors and choose frame that suits it. I do use frames available on Etsy, but they are in common use, so…. I have in plans to make my own, unique frames, and cast them myself. And oh! I plan real candies and some spooky themes too ^__^ … but for now, let’s get back to the painting process…
I already have a frame, and now what I need to do is to trace the cameo size on my specially prepared canvas.
**Canvas are really important here, as they create trully solid base for the painting – much more durable than paper. -Really?- you ask, well… hear this: One of my minis went through an ultimate crash test – somehow it landed in a cup with paint water and spent there at least 2 hours. When I realized that, I pulled it out, delicately pressed between tissue and left it to dry. Guess what… you could never tell something happened to it… it’s perfect. So don’t be afraid of a raindrops because it seems that you could swim with my cameos…
Ok, so I traced my outline and now I begin to sketch. Sometimes, if I’m not happy enough, it takes more than one attempt. But when sketch looks nice, and I approve it, it’s coated it with semi transparent layer of acrylics (as pencil can get mixed with colors, making them dirty).
And then I paint, paint, paiiiinnnntttt… with acrylics and watercolor pencils…….And when painting is done, I trim it, insert it into the frame and varnish. Voila!
Today all of it took me couple of hours, counting in the photo time and lunch time in between…
And I prepared something special for you – an animated gif from all the stages of painting, enjoy!
and P.S. Consider it as a sneak peek of this week cameos. Update on my Facebook Page on Friday.
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