Saturday, August 7, 2010

Painting Faces . . . My First Dip Into Mixed Media Waters!

A few weeks ago I signed up to take a painting faces class on All Norah's Art with Sharon Tomlinson. My first time painting a face. I have done a few sketches with colored pencil but have wanted to try my hand at painting one. I completed 2 small faces for Sharon's class on 5x5 canvas' and it also introduced me to some mixed media which I had never done before. And it painting a face was harder than I thought!

After having been so inspired by Silke Powers' art and the wonderful texture she uses as a background for her beautiful faces I wanted to try some molding paste. So I added molding paste (so fun!) to this 8x10 canvas board and then used some folk art paint for the background color. Then I added my face sketch. I hesitated when it was time to paint her face because I was afraid I would mess it up! But I tried not to do too much thinking and just let the paint lead me. I used a combination of paint and colored pencils. I used the colored pencils to outline the eyes with black which was easy to smudge and used some pencil on the brows and to shade the lips.

I love the texture! I have to say that I might be hooked on the mixed media! It gave me a sense of freedom and I felt less anxious about making mistakes! I am now trying to figure out what to add like some collage or words to dress her up a bit. And I am not sure if I am done with her hair.

Would love to hear what you think of her!


  1. wonderful...she is super gorgeous..! It si exciting when you feel that freedom..i love that feeling too. It is exciting to try new things and discover new areas of your creative self isn't it! I look forward to seeing her and what you do to the rest of the piece..till then have fun..happy creating!
    wonderful post..beautiful art!

  2. Thanks Kiki! Yes, it is exciting!! :)

  3. Oh Cathy, She is beautiful! How exciting to see you branching out! I don't paint, but I remember how I felt the first time I branched out in my crocheting too. I crocheted a flower with wire instead of yarn or thread like usual. It was such a thrill!!
    I've done other things since then...You Go Girl!! :-))

  4. Thanks Debbie! Branching out can be scary but if you let yourself just go with it magic can happen! :) I will check out that blog post...thanks for sharing! :)

  5. Oh, you know I think she's beautiful!! And yeah for the texture - it's all so much fun and - you are right - so very freeing! Anything goes and there are no rules except what you like. Can't wait to see what else you do with her! Hugs, Silke

    P.S. Thanks for the very sweet mention!! : )

  6. I would love to try mixed media some day - but just a bit too hesitant at this point in life.

    I think she is just beautiful. The pale blue color is perfect for her expressive eyes.

  7. Hi Diane. I think you did a wonderful job for this being your first time painting a face. It is awesome. I love molding paste too and I am just getting ready to paint something and I too will use molding paste. Great work Diane, you did great. Have a great weekend.

  8. Just beautiful! I can't wait to see what else you come up with. Isn't Silke wonderful? Enjoy the journey, it's what it's all about!

  9. Silke . . . You are so welcome! I can't wait to see what I do with her too! :)

    Molly . . . Thanks, and I love light blue eyes! Maybe because I have them myself! lol

    Hi Gloria . . . Thanks! Hope you will share your painting....would love to see it!

    Hi Kelly! Thanks! Yes, Silke is great! Whenever I loose focus I try to remember that it is all about the journey! So glad you are here! :)

  10. Hi Cathy: Thank you for becoming a follower on my blog. I shall also follow your blog and see where your journey takes you on your creative path. Happy creating...
    P.S. Your "painted face" is lovely.

  11. Hi Cathy,
    Thanxs for sharing your Mixed Media journey with us! I like your portrait style and hope to see you by my blog too! jijiji. You may Link up your blogspot at "LOVE THAT BLOG" sidebar area. Everyone is welcome! Let's go blog hopping. Greetings and Keep in touch
    Inspire Others!

  12. BTW, Because of all of the joy your blog gives me, I'm giving you an "I ♥ Your Blog" award! Come and get your button! :-)

  13. Hi MoMeMa! Thanks for joining my blog! I will stop by yours and link up! Thanks for the invite! Looking forward to seeing your art!

    Hi Debbie! What a surprise! Thanks! I will head over there for my button! :)