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Day 10 of 29 Faces (round 2 for Me) plus iCad

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Today’s little face has a distinct feel of shyness and vulnerability. It was developing nicely and then halfway through the video I was interrupted. When I came back the entire piece had lightened drastically. One of the things I am struggling with is how the color goes down nice and vivid and then dries to a faded washed out version of what it was. When I put down acrylics they darken slightly but never lighten this drastically. It is disconcerting. I am using a reasonably decent brand… “Susan Scheewe” by Martin Weber Co.. If any of you have watercolor experience maybe you could tell me if this is due to the brand or are all watercolor paints like this?

Aside from that :) Here is the video for you:

All of the participating players for this challenge can be found here:

Please take a moment to check out their faces and join in!

I am also using this challenge as an opportunity to finish up the iCad challenge. So the rest of my iCad’s will be faces!

Happy Creating!

PS: I have a brand new awesome class out… signups are now open and it is only $15.00 USD

Days 7, 8 & 9 of 29 Faces (round 2 for Me) plus iCad

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I am supposed to be posting these daily. But there are so many things happening that the days run into each other.

On day 7 I didn’t even get the chance to record a video. That is the first one I have missed creating a video for. But as these are challenges I am not allowing them to become a burden. I do what I can.

Now for face 8 I did indeed get video and that can be found here:

I used scrap watercolor paper glued to the index card to see how watercolor paper might change the way I worked and how the final piece looked.

And for face 9 I gave in to impulse and grabbed my watercolor pencils and water soluble pencils and really enjoyed the process.

You can watch the video here:

All of the participating players for this challenge can be found here:

Please take a moment to check out their faces and join in!

I am also using this challenge as an opportunity to finish up the iCad challenge. So the rest of my iCad’s will be faces!

Happy Creating!

PS: I have a brand new awesome class out… signups are now open and it is only $15.00 USD

Days 6 of 29 Faces (round 2 for Me) plus iCad

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I didn’t get around to doing the pretend gauche test. Instead I played with creating an abstract representation of a pattern. Kinda like the pretend thing, I tried to approximate the shape of the hounds-tooth pattern without getting too technical about it.

I admit to loving the way it turned out. In person you can even see the light gray shadows I added into the white areas of her jacket collar to approximate woven threads.

Again I was fooled by the substrate and forgot I couldn’t lift the color back {you see me try it with the eyes}. I might have to give in and do one of these on watercolor paper. I’m thinking I can lift back on that without having to apply gesso first. Not that I have anything against gesso. I certainly don’t. But why gesso if you don’t have to.

So I think I have convinced myself that tomorrow I will adhere some watercolor paper over my index card and see how it goes.

I love to play and experiment.

All of the participating players for this challenge can be found here:

Please take a moment to check out their faces and join in!

I am also using this challenge as an opportunity to finish up the iCad challenge. So the rest of my iCad’s will be faces!

Here is the video for the making of this face:


Happy Creating!

PS: I have a brand new awesome class out… signups are now open and it is only $15.00 USD

Days 3,4 & 5 of 29 Faces (round 2) plus iCad

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I’ve been sick. So I ended up doing the last 2 days of 29faces along with the face for today all at one time.

Because I am doing all of these faces on index cards I decided to do a few with a gesso’d surface. The first one {day 3} above was just watercolor on paper.

The first major difference I noticed was the ability to really lift the color. Which is great when you want to soften a line or remove color. But not so great for layering as each later was easily lifted.

The second observation was that there was far less bleed of the color with the gesso. So I could get finer lines and have them stay where I put them.

I think I would like to give gouache a try in the future to see how working with opaque paints would be. Especially for layering.

I might try mixing some white into all of the colors tomorrow. It will lighten everything but it should give me more opacity too.

All of the participating players for this challenge can be found here:

Please take a moment to check out their faces and join in!

I am also using this challenge as an opportunity to finish up the iCad challenge. So the rest of my iCad’s will be faces!

Here is the video for the making of this face:

Happy Creating!

PS: I have a brand new awesome class out… signups are now open and it is only $15.00 USD

Day 2 of 29 Faces (round 2) plus iCad

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Day 2 turned out to be a bit of a struggle. But I love her in the end. And yes, the struggle is always worth it, even if you are not 100% satisfied with the end result.

All of the participating players for this challenge can be found here:

Please take a moment to check out their faces and join in!

I am also using this challenge as an opportunity to finish up the iCad challenge. So the rest of my iCad’s will be faces!

Here is the video for the making of this face:

Happy Creating!

PS: I have a brand new awesome class out… signups are now open and it is only $15.00 USD