Radiant: Faces – The Goddess version 1

Lesson four, The Goddess was conducted by Julie Gibbons. Julie talked about finding our inner goddess through meditation, connecting to one self and discovering our inner goddess. In her lesson, Julie showed us how to do a stylized face in a mandala form using letraset promarkers.

I do not have markers – aquamarkers or promarkers or copics  (yet), though we are encouraged to use what we have and not run to the nearest art store just for materials the teacher used. I opted to use four shades of coordinating acrylic paints, watercolor pencils, a black sharpie permanent marker and a black signo broad pen and our trusty wok used as my circle template in an A3 sized acrylic paper. I love how I am able to explore the materials I have and not be constrained by the lack of it.

After I traced our wok and its cover in my paper, I decided how would I like my face to be in the mandala. Will she be on the right side with hair flowing on the left or vice versa or will she be in the middle with hair flowing on both sides. I went for the front facing goddess in the middle of the mandala with a slight tilt.




This lesson reminded me of my paternal grandmother’s home with its glass tinted windows and wooden floors. I tried to mimic that effect with my goddess’ hair with watercolor pencils and I think my goddess is absolutely radiant.


Documented Life Project – Week 25

June Theme: Travel Journaling
June 20  Art Challenge: Hometown Inspiration  and Journal Prompt:  There is no place like home

My journal page for this week’s challenge and prompt was inspired the group’s guest artist,  Paivi Eerola. I found her style very unique, colorful and full of depth. I think this was the first time this year that I have been inspired by a guest artist and through Paivi’s work and guidance I was brought back to memories of my childhood and memories of when my husband and I were just starting our lives.


I placed my sketch inside a big heart and drew swirls to connect the heart to every structure in my sketch signifying our many homes. It symbolizes how we made a home out of every house we had transferred to and made memories in.  Student grade colored pencils were used for color and a black signo pen for the outlines. The colored pencils brought back memories when I was an elementary school girl trying to use crayola crayons and color inside the lines of my favorite coloring book. I had a fun childhood with many adventures in and out our home.

The journal prompt, there is no place like home moved me to remember my early years of marriage where we have to stay in one condominium and transfer to an apartment then moved to my Mom’s home and finally transferring again to another condominium, with different reasons for every move, most of which was due to my health issues. Moving from one place to another was not an easy task though we made sure that we always make a home of our new place. No matter where we are, we continue on aiming for our old dreams and make new memories with the new place.


And now that we are in another country, memories when we were in Manila will always be fresh in our minds and we look forward to make new ones where we are now planted.


Shading Faces

For the last two days I have been inspired to experiment and practice shading faces with acrylic paints, watercolor pencils and graphitone pencils. Since I started coloring my faces, I have been on the journey with how to properly shade them. I am more at ease to shade faces with graphite than with color so to conquer that obstacle, experimentation and practice are a must.



My first face was colored with acrylic paint in portrait light, purple,lime green and titanium white. I started with putting in purple in my perceived dark parks of her face, then tried the technique Tamara Laporte is always using when she colors her girl’s eyes and spreading that same color over the upper and lower eyelids with lime green. I then added the same lime green in other parts of her face like near the hairline and in the neck part to make the color part of her whole face. Then last was the portrait light to enhance and subdue some of the purple and green. White acrylic paint was added between her eyebrows and upper eyelids and at the lower lip as high lights and white signo pen in her eyes where light enters. I purposely did not put on blush to her cheeks to emphasize the color shade in her eyes and hairline. For all the outlines in her face, I used black derwent watercolor pencil and a water brush.

For her hair, circles where made with my trusty circle ruler and colored in with derwent watercolor pencils and a water brush.

I was satisfied with how the coloring turned out using the purple/lime green combo. Now I can put that color combo in my list of colors to use for facial shading.



For my second girl, I used the same portrait light acrylic paint, derwent watercolor pencil with a bit of graphitone pencil and portrait light acrylic paint. I got all the shades of blue from my set of pencils and tried to layer them in my girl’s face before activating them using a water brush. I made a lot of mistakes around her eyes because I wanted to mimic the same style I did with the first girl, but I cannot achieve it. So, I covered my mistakes with additional portrait to subdue the dark blue that formed around her eyes. I then added a few strokes of 6b graphitone pencil in the inner parts of her eyes and a bit at the upper eyelid. The last thing I did was to outline all her facial features with the same black watercolor pencil and activated using a water brush. I also used the same shades of blue to color her hair and used a contrasting color, in this case orange to do the background to make the blue pop.

Even with all the mistakes I encountered, I am pleased at how this portrait turned out. Now I could add blue and orange to my color combo list.

I have learned a ton of things from this two exercises and have started a list of color combinations I could use to shade my faces. I am thankful that I pushed myself to do this experiments, if not, I won’t be able to learn something new.