29 Faces is about trying new things, and this piece is all about that. Here are the steps that I took to create Faces 13-17.
Step 1: On a canvas board, I sketched the faces and scene.
Step 2: Using old atlases, I used gel medium to collage grass.
Step 3: Modeling paste and a stencil help to add texture to the cat. Note to self, be sure to clean off mist spray before reusing stencils. The cat has a chartreuse coloured body for now.
Step 4: Flowers are collaged on after drawing and cutting them from old atlas pages.
Step 5: Acrylic paint assists me to paint this little house. The three windows on the second floor would be where my art studio would be if I lived in this house! The house in the photos looks red, but it is more of a pinky-orange.
Step 6: Paving stones are cut out, again using old atlas maps, and then collaged onto the path.
Step 7: I decide to add dimensional fabric paint as grout for the stones on the path. I also add a few details to the flowers.
Step 8: Using pages from the Nancy Drew book that I have turned into a journal, I collaged around the trees, house and cat to make the background.
Step 9 and 10: Using British Columbia atlas pages, I create the trunks and branches of the trees and begin to frame the faces in the trees. I also use acrylic paint to make the sky. Today's sky looked somewhat like this, mare's tails and wind.
Step 11: Next I cut little leaves out of Quebec atlas pages and collaged them. I also added a bush to the front of the house.
A close up:
Step 12: Now the tricky part, painting the faces and adding paint to the trees to add cohesion and human qualities and bark.
Step 13: Creating the face behind the cat on the tree with paint. It sort of looks like she has a cape.
Step 14: This is my favourite face, besides the cat. It went very smoothly and only took me one try! Hallelujah! I like the way it looks like it is part of the clouds.
Step 15: The tree face next to the house is completed. Now that I look at it closely, it sort of looks like me. Weird, huh?
Step 16: Deciding what colour to paint the cat, my first cat in acrylics, was the hard part. I decided to use colours of my cat, Painted Smile, the cat I drew yesterday. I was originally going to paint the drawing I did of her yesterday, but decided I liked it with pencil, so today I thought I should be brave and try to paint a cat. I used shades of grey, mixing white, blue and a smidge of black. I added blue highlights, red and pinky orange colours to connect the cat to the sky, house, flowers, rocks and trees.
Step 17: Finishing touches to the house are added. I decide that I don't like the the blue window panes, and paint them white. I use a white gel pen to add shingles to the roof, and curly-cues to the front of the house. Lattice is painted, stained glass details are added with a Sharpie and a door knob in silver. Steps to the house are painted.
Step 18: The flowers are outlined with dimensional fabric paint to add texture and shine. The cat's eyes are tweaked, too.
Step 19: A butterfly and a few purple flowers are added using an old map from Montana.
Step 20: A few touch ups here and there.
Step 21: Deciding enough is enough before something goes wrong and trying to take a clear photo of the finished picture, I declared this picture finished!