Hi ho art friends.
The home remodel continues, as does my limitation to create art digitally. I had been working mainly with my digital photographs. Today, I decided to create a work akin to what I would create on an actual canvas or art journal.
I was inspired by this video by Vicki Robinson and a recent Awake lesson that featured Rebecca McMeen.
I chose a scan of one of my art journal pages, “too much time on her hands.”
I fiddled around for a couple of hours with incorporating the entire page, covering the text. In the end, though, I just wanted the girl, plus all the corrections took a rather long time, so I duplicated the layer, cut her out and put her on a new 9″x12″ white background page.
My original plan was going to put flowers in her hair, but looking through my library of digital content, I found Tangie Baxter’s octopus from the Awake class lessons and had to use that in her hair. I also used Tangie’s Compendium 2 Gesso 7 and Graffiti Infrastructure No 1 brush; Rebecca McMeen’s Scribble Collages 4A, Foxey Squirrel Overlay 11 and Viva Fragements text 3, all color-adjusted to work with my piece.
The corrections to her face included: clone stamp to remove the slash running across her face, the color pencil marks I used to sketch out her face, and enhance her shadows and highlights with the dodge and burn tool.
For the background, I started with a white page, applied canvas and used a watercolor brush, set to about 50% opacity, really large size (around 700) with Basic Dynamics turned on (to rotate the brush and randomize the size) and 2 colors: a teal and a yellow-green. The yellow-green was sampled from the original art journal page. The teal I chose from memory of Golden’s Teal, which is a delicious color and one of my favorites.
In all, I probably spent as much time as I would have if this were a 9″x 12″ watercolor mixed media painting, less time spent waiting for layers to dry and brushes to wash.
For the next digital mixed media art piece I work on, I will spend more time making corrections to the face and skin color. As I’m looking at Beulah now, I would have corrected her nose, which is supposed to be upturned, corrected her gaze and fixed her lips. Well, I could go on about Beulah’s faults, but let’s not make her feel bad. 🙂
Beulah’s Fascinator is my best digital mixed media work to date and looks most like the mixed media work I create in meat space, so I’m inspired to keep working with digital mixed media art.
I’m planning a Gimp digital canvas tutorial series once I have my studio set up after the remodel. Stay tuned for new Gimp-torials.