Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Green-eyed Lady...

Monday night's Book of Mirrors adventure was both challenging and fun.  Our fearless leader Effy is working on faces this week, and I decided to follow suit.  Figuring out how to paint a portrait on black paper was a new experience!

(Book of Mirrors pages are intended to reflect what's going on in my inner world (heart), and are inspired by Effy Wild's Book of Days program.)

Here's how it turned out...
First of all, I prepped the page with black masking tape in the seam, and clear gesso for added strength.  I learned that clear gesso, does not dry completely clear on black paper.   Interesting revelation.  It turned out looking kinda like a chalkboard, which was not what I intended, but a happy accident nonetheless.  :0) 

For the portrait, I decided to sketch first on deli paper, cut out the shape and glue it on with matte medium.  Then I painted with acrylics mixed with gesso on top of that.  The gesso helped the fluid acrylics stick to the deli paper better, and also made the color stand out more against the black paper.

The journaling says "I've come to love Mondays.  How awesome is that?"  It's true!  I love Mondays now, because the new lessons are released for both the Book of Days workshop, and Life Book!  It's always something to look forward to!

Before I go I want to answer a question I received from Mary M. a few  posts back.  She asked:

"Your Book of Days looks handmade. Could you explain materials used and how you made it. I love your work Michelle!" ~Mary M.

Thanks for your kind words Mary, and thank you for the question!  My Book of Days is handmade, and it was fun and easy to do!  I used a big piece of canvas for the cover, and filled it with various colors of watercolor paper.  I used the technique in the awesome (and free) Bookbinding class offered by Effy Wild.  I did a post about it awhile ago - click here to go to the post for more detailed info. Click here to check out the free bookbinding class!

That's it for today!  Thanks so much for visiting and for your comments!  They really make my day!  See you again tomorrow!


9 comments:

dawn said...

She's gorgeous and I want her hair!! Great job on all of this, love the background and the scraps on the side. AWESOME!!
It is nice when we can look forward to something on Monday's, good for you.

I had troubles leaving my comment on your PL post from yesterday. Hoping this will work. I LOVED LOVED your pages, so colorful and so YOU!! It's so fun to see them when you share, thank you!
Happy day 14, keep it up your half way there my friend!

Sharon Fritchman said...

Michelle!!! I am in LOVE with your book of mirrors spread! I absolutely LOVE the dark background, her vibrant hair, and your eye and dress color. And how you did your journaling! Your pages are inspiring and a true work of art! Thanks so much for sharing your process with us, my friend!

anne g-i said...

beautiful! so vibrant and strong.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwwww!! It turned out amazing against the black!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee this!!

Mary M. said...

Thanks so much for addressing my question Michelle. Effy's video is great. I love the green-eyed girls red hair!

Glenda Hoagland said...

love this page. thanks for posting how you made it. the portrait of the irl is fantastic. i am inspired.

Raine said...

She is absolutely STUNNING! I love everything about her! Her eyes are terrific. Thanks for explaining your process. I wouldn't have thought to draw on deli paper or to mix gesso with the paint. Good to know!

Rene said...

Beautiful, as usual! Thank you for the quickie tutorial o deli paper too. Now I'll have to order or find some. You've also inspired me to try black paper at some point.

But first I have to recover financially from the Blick sale I went to on Sunday!

Brenda said...

She turned out beautifully Michelle!