Artistcellar Blog

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Hello loves!

Hope everyone is following community guidelines and hanging in there. I apologize for this Easter piece posting so late. My anxiety has kind of gotten the best of me over these past couple of weeks and I've not been arting as much as I should.

My bunny actually turned out much different than I envisioned in my head, but that's the way it goes. I'm still pretty happy with it.

I started with a piece of Strathmore mixed- media paper and brayered several pastel colors all over.  I then used the same colors to add several stencil designs from Artistcellar (Tiles from the Blocks Series, Sea Fan from the Coral Series, & Amiens Plan from the Cathedral Plans Series).

I then drew a quick outline of a Bunny in pencil, using Google images for a reference.  

I divided my Bunny into several sections and added doodling with colored pencils. Like I said, my mind has been a little frazzled lately and I just felt like doodling simple shapes in pretty colors.  Bunny wasn't popping away from the background so I painted a light grey fluid acrylic around the perimeter. Using an Inktense pencil, I outlined the image and added some water to blur the pigment. Some simple grass with strokes of gesso and light colored pencil and Viola!  Pastel Bunny is complete.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Hope you and your family and friends are safe and healthy.

Kitty

Hello all!

For this week's project I started working on a couple portrait of my friends, Arlo and Ruby.

This isn't just any portrait though, I wanted to create them in my own little character style, so I started with some rough sketches using some of their qualities. They are both unique, so it was pretty easy to pick out some great qualities to highlight.

From there, I used watercolors to add the first wash of colors.

Then, I picked three Artistcellar stencils - Cathedral Plans: Reims Plan, Blocks: Tiles, and Labyrinth: Crete. I used modeling paste and a palette knife to create incredible texture with the stencils. In fact, this has to be my absolute favorite way to use Artistcellar stencils - as background and texture elements to my paintings.

Once dry, I added even more watercolor - and watching it travel between the raised modeling paste really makes my soul sing.

To incorporate even more color I started incorporating acrylic paint into the portraits and the flowers.

From here, another one of my favorite techniques is to put down some watercolor on top of dried acrylic (you can see this in the flowers) then I spritz it with water and let it run and melt on the page. To me, this is relinquishing control... and I think that is an important and fun practice to integrate into my art.

So, to finish it all off I added some white highlights with a uniball signo UM-153.

I can't wait to send it to them. I hope they love it!