Saturday, 7 April 2018

Do What Makes You Happy

Today I am sharing an artwork that I have created that is an art lesson for my Year Three students. We followed the two tutorials demonstrated by Dina Wakely which look at how to sketch a face followed by how to paint it. Dina is a designer with Ranger who creates artworks that use mixed media techniques.

The challenge for the children is that they find it difficult to 'let go'. Mixed media and creative representations are a new direction for them as they like to create things that aesthetically look like the subject. By having a finished artwork, I am hoping that my sample will assist in overcoming this and allow them to become creative and enjoy the process.

Here are some close ups.....

After I had sketched and painted by face I added some mixed media touches using stamps and stencils.

Dina suggests to write a word that describes 'your girl.' I stamped a sentiment to capture a feeling instead.

I used Distress oxide inks and stencils by Tim Holtz plus stamps by Kaisercraft to complete my background.

This lesson was really fun to complete. My recommendation is to use a manageable size piece of paper and enjoy the process!


Paper: Neenah White 80ib cardstock
Paint: Kaisercraft white, dusty pink, red, turqoise, pale beige and Monte Arte raw umber
Paint brushes Kaisercraft
Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink, Distress Oxides twisted citron and walnut stain
Tim Holtz Stencil Clockwork and Latticework
Derwent Academy watercolour pencils
Stamps: Kaisercraft Miss Betty and Butterflies

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