Watercolor/Ink Whimsy Doll – April week 3

My whimsy girl for the third week of April is a Princess. She is quite stubborn, closes her eyes and refuses to look at her Prince. Maybe she is having second thoughts, or maybe she does not want to meet anyone, or maybe she just wants to be alone.

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My sister and I used to make up stories with our rag dolls when we were younger and it never seizes to amaze me how animated our stories were back then. That memory was the inspiration for my week 3 and 4 girls. It was so entertaining making up stories for my dolls. It greatly helped me with how I want her to look like, her facial expression and her over all demeanor. Though with this girl, she still needs more improvement with her facial expression but I’m happy the way she turned out for now. I think I will pursue more of this make up stories to define how my girls would look like. It will be a great exercise in facial expression.

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Watercolor/ Ink Whimsical Doll – April week 2

I am rushing my whimsical dolls before this month ends. It was only last week that I decided to do the series and it had already taken hold of my imagination, time and life.

This is my second whimsy girl for the month. She was still colored with inktense blocks in a watercolor moleskine journal and was still inspired by the fabulous artworks of Ady Almanza, Lizzy Falcon and Margaret Keane.

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I would love to share my lollipop with you. Do you want some?

I am ecstatic with the outcome of this painting.  It was my first attempt to draw a hand and I know I made a beautiful disaster out of it. But I am giving myself a big smile for attempting to do it. That candy stick was another opportunity for big improvement, it was not exactly into the hand, another beautiful disaster, another occasion to learn. Oh I could enumerate a lot of beautiful disasters within this painting but I choose to see the many little pretty things within her too. I have long ago decided to love my imperfections and have accepted the reality that I need time (more time) for practice and play.

So, what do I love with this girl? I love that she have big eyes, something I have been struggling to find out since I started drawing faces 7 months ago; that she have pretty little eyelashes, eyelashes I have been practicing with my pencil girls; that she have cute little shoulders, I was looking at my own shoulders and arms when I was drawing hers and putting in circles where balls joins sockets helped a lot (makes me want to get myself a ball jointed doll so I could pose it and use it as reference, for starters maybe a monster high doll); and yes, she had shoes, my chibi book was a great help.

I think I have finally saw the light with the kind of big eyed whimsical girl I have been wanting to do since the beginning. A dream come true in that aspect though there are still a lot to learn and do (first on the list is learn how to do 3/4 view faces). Adding to the excitement will be doing the body, clothes and accessories. Oh the possibilities are endless!

Documented Life Project – Week 17

April Theme: Color Safari (exploring inks and paints)

April 25 Art Challenge: Inks

Journal Prompt: Before the Ink is Dry

I have always been smitten with the dylusions ink sprays, so when the prompt for this week’s project came out, I did not bother planning my page but took out the ink sprays that I had and started playing with them.

My page started with a mixture of gesso and light yellow acrylic paint. I am not using the recommended dylusions journal but a regular novelty brought store journal, so adding a coat of gesso was necessary. When the paint and gesso dried, I took out my stencils and sprayed ink on them without much thinking. It was in this part of the process that I felt the happiest. When everything was dried, I traced over them my favorite chipboard alpha and homemade hearts. Colored the background with a water brush loaded with dylusions ink – after midnight. I did not think twice what would be the outcome if the darker ink (after midnight) would do to the other ink colors when mixed. When my background dried, I outlined my words with black signo pen, added marks with white signo. I added water marks using a cotton bud tapped with a paint brush to the background for design and element and immediately dried with a paper towel. Finally, I used my flower stencil and selected two flowers and stenciled over my page with white acrylic paint.

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When I was playing with my stencils and spraying the inks like crazy, the phrase, I am beautiful came to mind as I scheduled a date with myself this coming Wednesday. I have not seen a beauty salon since the time I arrived in KL, 7 months ago. So, on Wednesday, I will brave one salon and see if I’d be able to find a great hair specialist. For the time being, my page is a reminder that I am beautiful even with wild unruly hair with a lot of white strands.