Hello Art Journal Fans! Karen Bearse here with a fun, colorful art journal page using one of Rita’s “So you say you can’t draw” stencils which you can find here. 1st up, thanks so much to Rita for having me as a guest designer! Here is my art journal page with its many layers. I have very little experience with drawing faces & this was totally out of my comfort zone! I decided to play with the 8 ½ x 11” stencil.
I started with a wipe up page. This is a book I use when working on mix media, a place to put extra leftover paint, clean my stencils, and stamps. I thought having this very random but colorful background would make my girl have that little extra something! Next, I added some watercolor paint to brighten things up. As most of the work underneath it was acrylic & permanent the watercolor worked fine.
I wasn’t sure if this piece, would work out the same on paper as it looked in my head so I made a few stenciled images just in case. This is always a good idea when you bring out stencils. That way if you mess one up, you have other pages to play with & don’t have to start over! I mixed black acrylic paint with pastel paste & scrapped it through the stencil.
Once the paste was dry it was time to add some hair. I used one of the Rust Effect Paste kits by Prima. This kit comes with 3 colors & has a lot of texture in it. Just dab it on, a layer at a time, letting the paint dry in between & making sure to let the previous layer show through in spots.
Once the hair was done adding in details seemed a good idea. I filled in the eyebrows with a paint pen, the eyes & lips with paint marker. I also added some opal magic paint to the areas outside of the face. This translucent iridescent paint helped tone down the background & let the face pop.
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Of course, we need some metallic stars!! I used the stencil to dab copper paint stars & once dry added some white paint pen. The final touches were to add some light background stamping & mark making in gold, black & white. I also thought the quote from Gustav Klimt helped ground the piece & give it more meaning. Making a face is so easy with Rita’s stencils! Thanks so much for joining me for some art play. If you are interested in seeing more of my art, my blog is karenbearse.blogspot.com with links to all my social media on the right-hand side. I post on Instagram almost every day. I hope you have a chance to get inky today!