My apologies that it's been longer than usual since I last posted. The past week has been full of work for my regular day job, and I started up with school again on Friday - So it's been nothing but "Go, Go, GO!" for me. I did manage for finish thisbeauty for a "Tag! You're It" practice group found on the Face Paint Forum on Saturday. I was tagged with the random theme by a fellow forum member of "Northern Lights" and chose to mimic all the colors found in the Northern Lights with silhouettes of the landscape and a large owl flying forward.
For this lovely, I used several one-stroke cakes; both Tag and Silly Farm, and Wolfe White and Global Dark Blue. I chose to challenge myself on this one with using only the dark blue and no black to create the silhouettes. It was a fun challenge, and I absolutely LOVE the Global dark blue. It's gorgeous and dries with a hint of purple sheen to it. It's almost like a dark indigo blue really.
Additionally, I finally found a 3/4 flat brush that I absolutely love. I have been through several already and found them hard to control, so I picked up one of the Paradise flat brushes from Paintertainment last week and it is AWESOME! I plan to pick up a few more so I don't have to continually clean the one brush all the time and muddy up my rinsing water; especially when the one-stroke cakes contain dark colors.
(Note: Of course, I'm still having some struggles fighting the hairspray coating on my practice head causing my paint to crack, but I'm learning to embrace it rather than despise it.)
With that, below please find my latest design...
I got the owl idea from a silhouette image when I did a Google search for "Northern Lights Drawings", though to my pleasant surprise this morning, I found that another great painter out there had created a similar style of owl as a mask who shared their work on Facebook. (Great minds think alike, eh?!)
As I am not one to step on anyone's toes, I have to give props to Léa Shelley who created a gorgeous Owl Mask along the lines of what I did - Similar in our ideas, but completely personalized in our own styles with the execution). So here's a "Shout Out" to Léa aka "The Tattooed Lady". (You can also find her page on Facebook.) She is a very talented face painter from Canada, and you can also find some great video tutorials of her work on YouTube too. Check out her work people! It's awesome! :)
With that, my friends out there in InternetLand, I bid you all farewell until the next installment of my Daily Doodles. Have a great week!
Keep creating, keep smiling, and keep dreaming~
Hello everyone out there in Internetland...
I had a very full weekend this past weekend~ I worked on building a new kit and case for all my supplies. I happened across an old Yamaha keyboard case of mine from when I was doing the whole "musician" thing about 10 years ago, and thought it would be perfect to trick out with a new lining and organizing bins,; complete with Velcro so I can easily move stuff around. It was a huge endeavor, but I am pretty proud of my first attempt at making a personalized case. (I'll share pictures in a future blog once i get all the bugs worked out.)
Anyway... I decided to do something with a Valentines theme to it for this next doodle. I again worked on my awesome practice head from The Classy Clown/Midwest Fun Factory as I want to get better at using it for practice doodles. (My arm is only so big and doesn't always allow me as much freedom.)
I started out sponging on some color from the Wolfe Rainbow cake in a butterfly pattern, but I wanted it to be more of e "Butterfleur" or "Butterflower" as I just like flowers so much. I had the same hurdles with the paint cracking a bit against the hairspray coating; especially the white, but decided to not let that deter me from doing my design.
So here are some pics & below them you will find the details of the paints/brushes I used.
I used ALL Wolfe Paint for this lovely: Wolfe Rainbow Cake, colors from the Wolfe Essentials Palette, and, of course, Wolfe White & Black. Aside from the Wicked petal-shaped sponge I used to lay down the color from the rainbow cake (they're awesome sponges by the way), I used all round brushes- my favorite Loew-Cornell's in various sizes ranging from #1 to #5, along with a Wolfe #1 round brush for doing the black outlines. (All of these items can also be purchased at The Classy Clown/Midwest Fun Factory as well.)
As you can see by the pics, there is some random paint cracking in places due to the hairspray, and in some cases I the paint was laid on a little thicker to cover up some of the cracking, but I was pleased with the final outcome in the end. (Again, the practice head cleaned up beautifully too!)
So now I have prepped my practice head once again for my next installation that I hope to bring you in the next day or two, and even ordered a second head this week so I can have more than one head to practice on at a time; just because sometimes I get painting and I can't stop.
With that, I'll bid you Adieu for now & look forward as always to your comments, insights, ideas, feedback etc. Have a great week & I'll be back soon with the next installment.
Baubles, bangles, bubblegum, and glitter galore!
Happy Friday Everyone!
Last week I ordered my very first practice head and received it in the mail earlier this week. (Thanks to the lovely Mirae at The Classy Clown/Midwest Fun Factory for the practice head. Only $25 people!!! Plus she sends free glitter with every purchase!)
Since rainbow tigers seem to be all the rage lately, I decided to try my hand at it. But first, I needed to make a rainbow cake. Since I'm still in the early stages of my "revisited" face painting career, I have been pretty much using smaller palettes (Wolfe Essentials Palette, Wolfe Metallix Palette, and the Mehron Paradise Palette with 26 colors). I have also not had the opportunity to try out other paint brands or attempted to make my own rainbow cakes. EEEK!
With that, I took a journey over to The Face Paint Forum Shop to try out some Global paints to make some rainbow cakes. (They have a HUGE selection and great prices on their Global paints!) So, since I could get a nice variety at low cost, I figured, if I made any mistakes cutting them up for my rainbow and split cake trials, I wouldn't be out a huge chunk of change. :)
Though typically most rainbow cakes vary from 4-6 colors, as I cut the strips a little too thin, I ended up with 7 colors in mine. Bit, I figured with the variety I put together, the cake would not only work well for sponging application, but also double as a good one-stroke variety as well.
(The Global colors I used: Pink, Yellow LT, Teal, Pearl Baby Blue, Lilac, Pearl Magenta, and Pearl White.
So I began the process of first giving my practice head 2 coats of hairspray~ I gave it a first coat, then went on to start making my rainbow cake while it dried, then went back and gave it a second coat while I prepped all my supplies for the Rainbow Tiger task at hand.
I pulled some inspiration from a Rainbow Tiger tutorial that Lisa Joy Young had on YouTube but, as always, gave it my own "Fantastical" touch (I love making dots!) As I began working on the practice head (which I thought would be super easy) I realized it was going to take some getting used to.
Sure, the practice head is stationary and doesn't wiggle in a seat, but there are still those awkward angles to reach, and that double coating of hairspray loved to make laying down the sponged color from my new rainbow cake a sticky process, as well as making my Wolfe White crack like crazy when it dried. But, I ventured onward...
I also took this opportunity to play around with various round brushes I had in my arsenal to see the different results I got when doing the tiger stripes and adding detail. (My favorites are still the Loew-Cornell round brushes.)
So, without all the hurdles of sticky hairspray affected areas and cracking paint, this design would have taken me less than 10 minutes. Unfortunately, in the end, it took about 30 minutes to complete - likely in part to the fact I had never painted on a practice head before as well as fighting the stickiness and cracking white paint. :)
In the end, aside from all the hairspray issues and cracking paint, I'm pretty happy with the results for a first time ever using a Practice Head AND painting a Rainbow Tiger. (It's only going to get better from here on in. Yay!) I also ordered a second practice head today, just so I can have the opportunity to practice up to 2 designs each evening, or use one for my "rough draft" and the other for my "final presentation".
So there you have it - a double dose of first times from yours truly. :)
With that, I bid you all a good evening and wish you a fun-filled weekend. As always, feel free to post comments below, send me a message, ask questions, share inspiration, insight, etc. etc. I love hearing from you all!
Baubles, bangles, bubblegum & Glitter Galore~
Yeah! We turned it up to 11!
Though seriously, I took a step aside from my usual daily doodles today, to dedicate my doodle to all of those in France while they face this terrible and difficult time after the brutal massacre of the employees of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo.
Sending my love and prayers to you from the USA as you stand together to confront the pure evil that is terrorism, and refusing to give up and let it control your lives. Those that were lost are truly heroes to all of us artists. Their willingness to express themselves openly touches those of us who are writers, painters, and artists alike, and let's the world know~ We refuse to be silenced from expressing ourselves through our art. Vive la France!
Hello all~ Well, we've hit the double digits for the Daily Doodles. Yay! It's been a crazy few days, with loading up Fantastical Flowers in my Store, to continuing to fight off this flu/virus/ick that I have had for going on 10 days. Though I did manage to squeeze in a little doodle time last night to share with you all.
As I had absolutely NO neon colors in my arsenal yet, I decided to try out the TAG neon palette. I purchased it from the lovely Mirae from The Classy Clown/Midwest Fun Factory.
First off, this palette was much bigger than I expected. (A pleasant surprise.) And I love how each color pot is capped and removable from the palette for those of use who like to hold cakes while we're painting. (Such as I do.) And the paints are VERY vibrant.
This is my first venture into TAG products. (Up until this palette, I had only used Wolfe and Paradise.) I had read tutorials regarding various neon paints prior to purchasing this, so I was aware that all neons, regardless of brand, tend to apply a little less opaque than standard colors.
That said, I loved the consistency of the cakes, (their consistency is comparable to Wolfe paints), they had no smell or odor, and were quite easy to control.
For this doodle, I chose to use the Yellow, Green, and Blue from the palette (as it is well known that Pink, Orange, and Purple are typically the favorites among girls and tend to run out the fastest.) I also added some Wolfe White and Wolfe Black to the design as well.
As the palette also included 2 brushes, a small flat brush and a #3 round brush, I wanted to see if the TAG round brush was comparable to the round brush included in my Wolfe Essentials palette (that I absolutely LOVE!) It wasn't. You will see that I had included some white teardrops that I created using the #3 round brush that came with the palette, but I didn't care for how hard it was to control and the bristles splayed very easily - thus I really didn't like how they turned out.
So, I chose to go a different route, using my handy Wolfe black along with a new Loew-Cornell brush #1 Round Brush that I also purchased from The Classy Clown/Midwest Fun Factory. I randomly drew lines between each element and then alternated blank and colored in spaces between them with the black. In doing this, I definitely provided myself some new inspiration for future designs; I loved how it turned out.
Here are the pics:
As you can see, there are little tidbits of white poking through; my attempts at teardrops with a not-too-impressive round brush, but they still added a nice little accented touch to the piece I think.
Anyway, there you have it~ my latest and greatest! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did painting it! :)
I'll be back again soon with another Daily Doodle!
Keep creating, keep smiling, keep dreaming~
Greetings everyone & Happy 2015!
My apologies for getting a little off track and missing out on posting for a couple days~ This virus I have been fighting for the past 8 days chose to take a turn for the worse on New Years Day & I have been pretty much laid up since then. But, I did manage to complete a Daily Doodle for you all from my bedside on New Years Day; I just haven't really been up for much blogging the past couple days as I preferred to lay low. That said, here's my attempt at painting from my sick bed on New Years Day...
It's a little rough around the edges; my bedroom does not provide the best light and it's quite a challenge to paint while you're laying in bed ~ that's for sure! I hope the colorful flowers lend themselves to brightening your day. I enjoyed making them. I'll be back tomorrow with another installment ~ Today I'm focusing on getting my Fantastical Flowers Website Storefront up and running today. I'm working to post about 15 flowers today with another handful tomorrow.
(Supplies used: Wolfe FX Essentials Palette, Wolfe Metallix White, Loew-Cornell, Royal Majestic, and Wolfe Round Brushes, Wolfe Sponge for Metallix White Background all available at these fine shops:
Silly Farm | The Classy Clown | Paintertainment | Face Paint Forum Shop | Wolfe FX
Keep creating, keep smiling, keep dreaming~
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