I posted a picture on Instagram and on my Kirsten Reed Designs Facebook page of a piece I created this week. This is a short pictorial "how I did it" for you to watch my process. (I apologize again for the poor quality camera photos, I must remember to bring my REAL camera in the art studio when I decide to paint!)
(1) First, I selected a variety of vintage wallpapers, ephemera, sheet music, etc. I tore them to assemble a loose collage. I then glued these papers to my canvas. When I say I glue them, I basically decoupage them. Glue on bottom and on top. Dry it.
(2) After the papers are dry I decide what kind of color palette I am going to add to it. I chose pale greens, desert turquoise and mix between the two for this piece. I used a sponge brush and palette knife to apply randomly. At this point I still had no "image" in mind. Sometimes, my pieces will sit as a background for days or weeks until I decide to use it or have an idea for it. In this case I decided to sketch a girl and remembered a saying I had seen that I loved. I thought this was a beautiful message. I imagined my girl wishing on a butterfly.
(3) I used a marks all pencil and sketched my girl. Any pencil will do, charcoal too. Just whatever you you are comfortable with. I am not an artist and can't draw, that is why I like to keep my pieces whimsical and light. I like them to have an easy going feeling to them.
(4) The rest is history. I just added more layers of color to the background and filled in the girl with color. I used acrylic paints. Some cheap paints, some Golden fluids. I used a couple of sprays too ~ adding in yellow and magenta. I have learned to add warm colors after the cool colors dry so you don't create mud. I also used Faber Castell pens for highlighting and a black pen to define things. Then I stamped on the saying I wanted and sprayed the entire piece with a matte fixative. I decided I didn't want my girl to be in clothes ~ it felt too confining for the piece, so I made it look like she was coming out of a garden, or perhaps a waterfall? :)
Visit my Instagram site and see this piece for yourself ~ the quality is a bit better! I hope you enjoy it and go create something beauty FULL!