Monday, February 22, 2021

Pandemic Hair in watercolors

    I don't know about you, but I have had way more bad hair days within the past year than I have had in my whole life. All because I am hauled up in my house, schooling my children all day and not seeing a single other person that cares about my appearance. I have honestly felt like I have fungi growing out of my head.

    Speaking of school, I have taken to participating in my 10 year old's art lessons because, well, I like art. Every two weeks they study a new artist and then make a piece of artwork in the same style as that artist. Recently, they have been learning about Norman Rockwell. The project was to create a magazine cover in the same style as Normal Rockwell's Saturday Evening Post. I played along and decided it would be the perfect time to use stencils. My first attempt was less than pretty. But I was excited about the possibilities that my imagination gave me so I tried again. With better paper, I thought I could make it work. 

Using my stencils, I sketched out my image and started painting with watercolors.

Next time, I think I would have started by filling in my background instead of working on the pretty stuff first. 

At this point, I still hadn't decided if I was going to fill in the whole face so I left that blank.

    Since I am still a beginner with watercolors, I used graphite pencils to shade and a white uni-posca pen for the highlights in the hair. 

    I know the writing looks wonky but that is because my paper curled. It is actually straight. This is the first page in my watercolor journal and I am thinking I would like to make more in this magazine cover style.

Stencils used:

Thank you for joining me today. I hope you are encouraged to use your stencils for all types of art.

Until Next Time,


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