So, I posted my first portrait attempt a few days ago (see previous post). Yep, it was beginner’s luck. Not that my practice attempt was so awesome, but it definitely came together better/easier than the real attempt. I think my main problem was that my mixed media journal pages did not like the amount of water I used to dilute the watercolor crayons. The paper even tore in some places, and I wasn’t able to keep adding the shading and detail, because the paper was torn and buckled and degraded! I almost tossed it and started over, but I was determined to have a “real” first lesson.
Here it is, my “output” from Week One of Tam’s free class on “Art, Heart and Healing.”
For the left page, Tam directed us to write out our negative thoughts (things like, “I’m not creative,” etc.). Then we covered those up with gesso before completing that page with watercolor crayon painting, brayering and stamping. Then we were to use something positive from all those negative thoughts to come up with the sentiment for the page.
In the end, how brave am I to actually post something like this stylized portrait attempt? It’s intentional, really. Eventually, it will be so dramatic, the difference between my early attempts and how good I’m going to become! <grin>