Girl with Hair of Roses

The moment I saw this page added in my hand-made journal, I knew that the two big roses will make up a girl’s hair… like two gorgeous buns sitting on top of her head.

So my first step was to prep the paper with a nice layer of Matte Medium. I use Liquitex and I love the efect.


Then I decided to use one of Jane Davenport’s face stencils that I have bought last winter. I find them very useful when I want to create something but not feeling very confident on doing a face (yes, it hapens to all of us) or I only have a very short time to do it. I did this project in several days, working when I could find 10-15 min to spare. So instead of dragging the time, I just choose one stencil and did it.


I did the tracking with a Tombow marker as I have quite a few and so far only my daughter was brave enough to use them (actually the moment she saw them she just jumped right at them and was so thrilled to play… that gave me some food for thought over my procrastination times). Anyhow, I just picked a color and did the tracking.


Then I added a neck, sketched the hair and hair-buns (the roses). Next step was to add some acrylic paint on the neck and face area and hair. I used Ceramcoat acrylics as they are so very matte and any other media will work on top (it has like a grit that helps).


Then rescketched the face features once the paint was dry. This time I used a Caran d’Ache colored pencil.


Then I started adding shades on the face, details in the eyes and mouth, color in her cheeks. It was my first time using Tombows on acrylics and I found that challenging as the colors would chage quite a lot once it was dry.


I wanted to make her stand out a bit so I muted the background with some watercolor, neutral tint from Schminke. More adjustments and details on the face and the final touch: some gold watercolor in the background and on the rose petals.


I really loved doing her and I must say that it is getting more and more interesting working on a given background rather than having a white, blank paper. Will definetely do it again.

I hope you like my project and you will come back for more. Now off to do some art!









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