Friday, 28 August 2015

Show Your Face Inspired By Kissinia

Hey Facers, it is the last Friday of August so your last chance to have a go at Show Your Face Inspired By {INSERT NAME OF A FELLOW SHOW YOUR FACER}.

Don't worry if you haven't had time to join in, it is not a problem you can still link up your faces as normal whether they were inspired by or not!

Remember to please make sure that:

  • The face artwork is yours, any stamps or templates you use to build the face should be designed by you, just as with the usual #ShowYourFace.
  • The person(s) inspiring your work is part of the #ShowYourFace community, but they don't have to be a regular linker.
  • You name the person or people that inspired your work and link to them.
  • You link back to the link blog post here on my blog for that week, just as with the usual #ShowYourFace.
  • Don't forget it is optional!

For anyone new here, this is a regular place to come and inspire, be inspired, but above all to share our portrait progress week by week. Every Friday at 10 am (BST) a new Show Your Face blog post goes live with the linky to add your blog post or online gallery picture to with any portrait work you have been doing.

Your face can be drawn, doodled, painted, stitched, be made using any materials and can be any style, all I ask is that it is your artwork. If you use templates, stencils or stamps to build the face anatomy, then they should be ones you have made yourself and not someone else's.

Finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome, so come join in and spread the word on your blog/social media outlets. Use hashtag #ShowYourFace if you like!


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If you want to wear the blog button with pride then hop on over to Show Your Face 31st July 2015 to grab it and there are instructions on how to put it on your blog there too.


My Share This Week...

This week I've taken my inspiration from Kissinia from Blue Birdie

A study of faces on a train

I love watching Kissinia's art journey on her blog and via Instagram, she has a creative vision of the world that I just adore. So for my #ShowYourFace this week I went for one of her people studies from January this year and did a loosely sketched study of people's faces on a train done with Derwent Graphik Line marker and watercolour. 

The first thing I notice when doing this is that you don't see people's eyes, they are looking down, reading, looking at their phones and doing everything they can to avoid eye contact, well at least that is the case on the tube in London.

Ok that is me this week...

Over To You...
Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFace and/or #ShowYourFaceInspiredBy. Please do let anyone you think would be interested in sharing their portraits know about our community here.

Catch you later Face-Artinators

Kim

PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Art journal pages link up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's Art Journal Everyday post. Painted pages share at Paint Party Friday. Art journal page with a time theme link up to Art Journal Journey.

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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Sharing My Favourite Tips On Creative Living

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So here is my question - what would you like to see in a newsletter from me? What would you find useful and will make you WANT to open and read my newsletter every month?

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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Taking Time for Some Surface Design - Mandalas

Do you doodle? When you doodle what do you mostly do? Have you ever tried mandalas? I found myself doodling some mandalas last weekend. Settled in for a bit of Middle-earth adventuring with the Hobbit Trilogy, pen and paper in hand I started to draw mandalas.

My first design got us most of the way to our first peek at Smaug. Ok, disclaimer now, if you haven't seen the Hobbit films then that is so not going to make any senses to you, my apologies for that. Just take it as read that it took me about the length of the first film to draw and colour my first mandala.

Working away in my new 5.5 x 8 inch Strathmore visual journal. I found the whole process somewhat hypnotic, it could have been the epic journey I was watching but I think it was the mandala.

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I enjoyed the first mandala so much that I decided to cover a whole page with them. I picked up a Sakura Gelly Roll Opaque pen, and it happened to be one in my favourite colours at the moment, It's an orange-red, think of the Morocco Tsunkineko Memento ink or the Abandoned Coral from the Tim Holtz Distress ink range.


This kind of large style mandala is new to me and I'm pretty sure it was inspired by the work of Alisa Burke. Alisa uses mandalas a lot in her work and she even has an online class focusing on them if you are interested.

The faint patches in the design are where my pen started to run out, the ink doesn't go very far in Sakura gelly pens does it? I love the glossy finish on them though.


My mandalas were all done freehand, I didn't draw around any circles or use any tools to make them I just started in the middle and worked outwards with doodles. I'm not even sure I can call them mandalas seeing as I have not used any symbolism or stuck to any mandala-creating rules. But as an exercise in surface design and a relaxing way to watch a film I would totally recommend having a go at making them.

The page took me through the battle with Smaug and out to the big battle with the five armies (there she goes again, talking Hobbit gibberish to those of you that haven't seen the movies!) and even through some Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (ya what now? It's another film, go look it up if you don't know it).


I'm wondering now how well these would work up into stamps, I might transfer my favourites to some Speedball Speedy-Carve and try curving them into stamps. Might be fun. Oh and I started another one last night, this one in blue whilst investigating an alien disturbance in the Quatermass Experiment, just be aware of any part man, part cactus creatures in your vicinity (don't worry, it is another film!).

Are you a Mandala fan? If you have been blogging about Mandalas or have pictures in your gallery please do leave a link in the comments, I would love to come and have a look.

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Monday, 24 August 2015

Painted Scribble Flowers Birthday Card

All the way back in those heady days of July (like all of last month) I fell in LOVE!

I remember it well, it was a gloriously sunny day (it might not have been, I mean it was July in the United Kingdom after all). I was wearing a blue skirt, sea-green shirt and red shoes (I was probably in dark trousers and my altered Hong Kong Phooey t-shirt), my hair was rich, flowing and radiant (yeah, most likely grey, piled on my head waiting for a dye). I was working hard, rushing towards my project deadline for Blitsy when IT happened.

It hit me hard and fast! BAM! I'm in love!

I made some Mixed Media Keepsake envelopes (with a tutorial and a free template hint hint!) and fell in love with painted Scribble Flowers!

DIY Mixed Media Keepsake envelopes
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It is funny how these things happen isn't it? But what can you do when love hits you? I just had to make some more painted scribble flowers, so I kept on going and made a birthday card with them.

Painted Roses Birthday card

My painted scribble flowers use the My Favorite Things Lisa Johnson Designs Circle Scribble Flowers as a base. I stamped out the block images and used them as a size guide rather then getting all carried away if I did them freestyle, 'coz I would you know and before you knew it there would be one giant flower and no room for anything else! Not a bad thing, but not the look I was going for!


Aww love, how it doeth affect you (and seemingly change your memory of actual events and usage of the English language, apparently) *Swoon*.

What (or who!) have you fallen in love with recently? Do share!

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Friday, 21 August 2015

Show Your Face Inspired By Lee Krek, Julie Ann Lee, Froebelsternchen Susi and Valerie-Jael

Let's Face it! It's Friday! So come on then Show Your Face!

Hey Facers *wave*, hope you have had some wonderfully creative weeks. I have got to say I am totally blown away by all your links they just blow my mind, so keep up the good work!


Now don't forget we are in August so we are doing Show Your Face Inspired By {INSERT NAME OF A FELLOW SHOW YOUR FACER}. If you want to know why we are doing it then checkout my post from 7th August 2015 for more information.

Please make sure that:
  • The face artwork is yours, any stamps or templates you use to build the face should be designed by you, just as with the usual #ShowYourFace.
  • The person(s) inspiring your work is part of the #ShowYourFace community, but they don't have to be a regular linker.
  • You name the person or people that inspired your work and link to them.
  • You link back to the link blog post here on my blog for that week, just as with the usual #ShowYourFace.
  • Don't forget it is optional!

This is a no pressure linky so please feel free to carry on with your normal #ShowYourFace share if you haven't been able to do a #ShowYourFaceInspiredBy. It is just a bit of fun and if you have enjoyed it we will no doubt do it, or something similar, again.


For anyone new here, this is a regular place to come and inspire, be inspired, but above all to share our portrait progress week by week. Every Friday at 10 am (BST) a new Show Your Face blog post goes live with the linky to add your blog post or online gallery picture to with any portrait work you have been doing.

Your face can be drawn, doodled, painted, stitched, be made using any materials and can be any style, all I ask is that it is your artwork. If you use templates, stencils or stamps to build the face anatomy, then they should be ones you have made yourself and not someone else's.

Finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome, so come join in and spread the word on your blog/social media outlets. Use hashtag #ShowYourFace if you like!


Looking For The Blog Button?
If you want to wear the blog button with pride then hop on over to Show Your Face 31st July 2015 to grab it and there are instructions on how to put it on your blog there too.


My Share This Week...

This week I've take some inspiration from a lots of lovely facers and mixed it all together to make my #ShowYourFaceInspiredBy share.

Kim Dellow A profile of a female face

For the style of the women I've been inspired by Lee Krek from All About Art And Me. I love the style of her sketched people with their wonderful patterned clothes, I wish I could capture her style better as it always makes me smile. I also love how she does her shading too, so I added a little bit of that in my portrait this week, but I'm not really sure it shows up in the photo.

I've drawn my portrait with a black Derwent Graphik Line Painter on an old book page, gessoed into my junk art journal. I love sketches on book pages and Julie Ann Lee from Magpieheaven always uses book pages so beautifully when she uses them in her work, so I was inspired to add a bit of book page behind my face by Julie Ann.

Kim Dellow profile of a women close up

Then the time theme, and I think a bit of the background colouring and use of watercolour, are influenced by watching the #ShowYourFace work this month from Susi from Froebelsternchen and Valerie-Jael from Bastelmania who also jointly run the challenge blog Art Journal Journey.

So that's me this week and who has been inspiring me, in a portrait nutshell, now...

Over To You...
Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFace and/or #ShowYourFaceInspiredBy. Please do let anyone you think would be interested in sharing their portraits know about our community here.

Catch you later Face-Artinators

Kim

PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Art journal pages link up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's Art Journal Everyday post. Painted pages share at Paint Party Friday. Art journal page with a time theme link up to Art Journal Journey.

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

As Featured On Blitsy - DIY Custom Artwork Using Stamps

Time for a tutorial! This one is over on the Blitsy blog but just for you here is a little picture of what I made.
Stamped artwork

You can find the finished project along with the step by step over on the Blitsy blog.

Do go check it out!

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Friday, 14 August 2015

Show Your Face Inspired By June Walker

Hey Facers, I hope you have had a good week. I've been up against some tough deadlines this week so I've not yet managed to get around everyone's links from last week yet, so a MASSIVE SORRY and I hope to get around them soon.


So don't forget we are in August so we are doing Show Your Face Inspired By {INSERT NAME OF A FELLOW SHOW YOUR FACER}. If you need more information then please hop back to last week's post.

Please make sure that:

  • The face artwork is yours, any stamps or templates you use to build the face should be designed by you, just as with the usual #ShowYourFace.
  • The person(s) inspiring your work is part of the #ShowYourFace community, but they don't have to be a regular linker.
  • You name the person or people that inspired your work and link to them.
  • You link back to the link blog post here on my blog for that week, just as with the usual #ShowYourFace.
Don't forget it is optional!

This is a no pressure linky so please feel free to carry on with your normal #ShowYourFace share if you haven't been able to do a #ShowYourFaceInspiredBy. It is just a bit of fun and if you have enjoyed it we will no doubt do it, or something similar, again.


For anyone new here, this is a regular place to come and inspire, be inspired, but above all to share our portrait progress week by week. Every Friday at 10 am (BST) a new Show Your Face blog post goes live with the linky to add your blog post or online gallery picture to with any portrait work you have been doing.

Your face can be drawn, doodled, painted, stitched, be made using any materials and can be any style, all I ask is that it is your artwork. If you use templates, stencils or stamps to build the face anatomy, then they should be ones you have made yourself and not someone else's.

Finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome, so come join in and spread the word on your blog/social media outlets. Use hashtag #ShowYourFace if you like!


Looking For The Blog Button?
If you want to wear the blog button with pride then hop on over to Show Your Face 31st July 2015 to grab it and there are instructions on how to put it on your blog there too.


So my share for Show Your Face Inspired By is inspired by June Walker.

A multicoloured face inspired by June Walker

I love the way June uses colour in here faces. I love the way she uses hot and cold colours and how, for me, they seem to show light and shade. So I thought I would have a bit of a colour play in my art journal with my face this week. I've used Derwent Intense pencils but I've left the colours pretty loose and played with major shapes.

Close up of a face sketch inspired by June Walker

Over To You...
Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFace and/or #ShowYourFaceInspiredBy for those of you that use them. Please do let anyone you think would be interested in sharing their portraits know about our community here.

Catch you later Face-Artinators

Kim

PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Art journal pages link up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's Art Journal Everyday post. Painted pages share at Paint Party Friday. Art journal page with a time theme link up to Art Journal Journey.







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Monday, 10 August 2015

Crafts U Love Demo - Getting Inky

Over the last couple of Monday I've been sharing some of the cards that I made for my demo at the Crafts U Love Birthday Event in July. So far I've just been sharing some of my cards using Project Life journaling cards so this week I thought I would shake it up a bit and share something inky!

An inky card using Tim Holtz 2015 ink colours and a Finnabair stamp

If you are looking for a simple, but colourful make then how about trying something like this card, above?

It is easy to make and you can do it directly on the card front to make a single layer design. For this make I wiped the card with pieces of Cut N' Dry foam dipped in Tim Holtz Distress Inks from this year's colour releases, Fossilized Amber, Abandoned Coral and Cracked Pistachio and wiped across the surface of the card.

To get the extra texture flick with water and leave it for half a minute or so then lift the water off with a clean paper towel.

A close up of the water texture in the Distress inks

To finish the card I stamped the 'Collect Moments' stamp from the Finnabair range from Prima Marketing in Ranger Archival Jet Black ink.

So it is super simple but quite affective don't you think? The water droplet textures is what makes it, but if you have the inks in the refill form you could also flick some of those over the top to get even more lovely texture.

Hope you enjoyed this spot of inkiness today and I hope you have a lovely inky week!

Kim

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Friday, 7 August 2015

Show Your Face Inspired By Susana Magenheimer, Giggles and Beverley Baird

Welcome Facers! It is the first Friday of August so let's roll out the red carpet for Show Your Face Inspired By {Insert Name}.

Drum roll please!

Show Your Face Inspired By {INSERT NAME} 
If you need a quick reminder, or you are new to our weekly share, then for the next four Fridays you have the option to either post your normal face artwork OR push out of your comfort zone, and try something inspired by one (or more) of your fellow sharers from our #ShowYourFace community.

Either option is fine but I do encourage you to try to do a #ShowYourFaceInspiredBy at least once this month.

The inspiration can be any aspect of their portrait work like how they construct their face, the materials they use, how they use colour or even how they use other elements like words or 3D objects, whatever you like. Just make sure you name them with a link to their blog (or social media gallery) in your blog post (or social media write up if you are using a gallery) and share what you were inspired by in their work.

So what is the point to Show Your Face Inspired By {Insert Name}?

The aims are to:

  • Give us a little kick out of our comfort zones
  • Try something new
  • Surprise ourselves!
  • Extend our technique / style toolboxes
  • Share some bloggy/ social media/ gallery love! 
  • Oh and have fun of course!

Please make sure that:
  1. The face artwork is yours, any stamps or templates you use to build the face should be designed by you, just as with the usual #ShowYourFace.
  2. The person(s) inspiring your work is part of the #ShowYourFace community, but they don't have to be a regular linker.
  3. You name the person or people that inspired your work and link to them.
  4. You link back to the link blog post here on my blog for that week, just as with the usual #ShowYourFace.
Don't forget it is optional!

This is a no pressure linky so please feel free to carry on with your normal #ShowYourFace share if you haven't been able to do a #ShowYourFaceInspiredBy. It is just a bit of fun and if you have enjoyed it we will no doubt do it, or something similar, again.


Show Your Face Blog Badge
Don't forget that we have a blog badge for Show Your Face is you want to grab it:

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For instructions on how to add it to your blog check out my 31st July 2015 blog post.

My Show Your Face Share this week...
For my Show Your Face Inspired By I've taken inspiration from three lovely folks Susana Magenheimer, Giggles and Beverley Baird to produce this miniature face art work.

A miniature face drawing

Susana Magenheimer from Random Artist 222's inspired me to go miniature as she loves miniature art and after a conversation in Instagram we ended up foolishly agreeing to trying a 2" x 2" artwork with a face. Eek! So I attempted the smallest art journal page that I have ever done for this week's share. She is sketched in pencil on a scrap of paper from a watercolour background.

Close up of the miniature face drawing

The words cut from newspapers were inspired by both Giggles from Happy Tiler and Beverley Baird from Bunny's Girl as I've noticed they often use cut-out words in their artwork and I really like that look so I thought I would try to incorporate it in my work this week to finish my nano-art journal page.

Over To You...
Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFace and/or #ShowYourFaceInspiredBy for those of you that use them. Please do let anyone you think would be interested in sharing their portraits know about our community here.

Catch you later Face-Artinators

Kim

PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Art journal pages link up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's Art Journal Everyday post. Painted pages share at Paint Party Friday. Art journal page with a time theme link up to Art Journal Journey.

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Thursday, 6 August 2015

As Featured On Blitsy - DIY Mixed Media Keepsake Envelopes

It is my turn on the Blitsy blog today and I have a how-to for these super cute DIY Mixed Media Keepsake Envelopes with a FREE template you can download to make your own with so go check it out!

DIY Keepsake envelopes, click through to tutorial and template


I have to admit to being a bit besotted with these, hope you will be too, when you make your own.

Don't forget to check out the latest Blitsy sale items whilst you are over there.

Kim

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Monday, 3 August 2015

Crafts U Love Demo - Get The Most From Your Journaling Cards (Continued)

Last week I shared with you one of my cards from the demo I did at Crafts U Love and I promised you some more, so today I have another share for you. I was working around two themes for my demo, (1) making the most from your journaling cards and (2) using the new Tim Holtz distress ink colour for this year.

Here is another card idea using the Boys Rule Project Life cards, this pack has a very retro-style and is perfect for making this card for a bicycle-lover.

retro bike card made using project life cards

Awesome! and really quick to do too. I've layered it up with 3D-foam but each piece is either part of or a whole journaling card.

Close up of the bicycle on the greeting card

Check out last week's Demo share blog post if you want some more ideas for using journaling cards and Project Life cards.

More cards to come over the next few weeks, so stay tuned!
Have a super creative Monday.

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Friday, 31 July 2015

Art It Friday - Show Your Face

Hey, hey, hey Facers! We are here again, another Friday Portrait share for the week and I've got a fun one for you today (well, I think it is fun, whether you do or not is, well, up to you!).

Before we get going, let's do the admin stuff:

1. August Is Show Your Face Inspired By {Insert Name}.
Next week is the first Friday of August and anyone who wants to join in the Show Your Face Inspired By {Insert Name} can do. All the info you need is in my Show Your Face blog post from 10th July. Briefly, it is to make some face art inspired by one (or more if you like) of the other sharers from our #ShowYourFace community.

It is optional, you don't have to do an 'inspired by' face but it is a great way to stretch ourselves, don't you think? So do have a go at least once in August if not the whole of August! But if you don't want to play, then just carry on as normal Show Your Face.

2. Blog Button
We have a blog button now! Woop! Woop! Anyone who wants to wear it on their blog with pride can grab the HTML code from below the blog button here:

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To Install It:
On Wordpress.com:
  • Select all the grab code in the box below the button image above and copy. 
  • Go to your WP-admin and in the dashboard click 'Appearance' then 'widgets' from the drop-down menu.
  • Find the 'Text' widget in the 'Available Widget' list and drag it up to 'Main Sidebar' area or whichever area you want to place it. 
  • Paste the Grab code for the blog button into the body of the text widget box, give it a title if you want (optional), and press 'save'.
I'm assuming it is similar if you are using a self-hosted wordpress (wordpress.org) but I don't have a self-hosted version so can't check. Please let me know if it is different!


On Blogger:
  • Select all the grab code in the box below the button image above and copy. 
  • Go to the design area of your Blogger blog and select 'Layout'. 
  • Choose 'Add A Gadget' in the Sidebar section or whichever section you want to place it, then pick 'HTML/JavaScript' from the pop-up Gadget list. 
  • Paste the Grab code for the blog button into the 'Content' area of the gadget, give it a title if you want (optional), and press 'Save'

Yay! Blog Button! On blog! Hopefully!

PS. I take no responsibility for messing up your blog if it doesn't work! Eek! Hey, relax – it will be OK!

3. New Here? Never Fear!
For anyone new here, this is a regular place to come and inspire, be inspired, but above all to share our portrait progress week by week. Every Friday at 10 am (BST) a new Show Your Face blog post goes live with the linky to add your blog post or online gallery picture to with any portrait work you have been doing.

Your face can be drawn, doodled, painted, stitched, be made using any materials and can be any style, all I ask is that it is your artwork. If you use templates, stencils or stamps to build the face anatomy, then they should be ones you have made yourself and not someone else's.

Finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome, so come join in and spread the word on your blog/social media outlets. Use hashtag #ShowYourFace if you like!

And remember for August we are doing Show Your Face Inspired By {Insert Name} for those who want to play along.


Admin Over – Let's Get On With The Share!

Really I should have done a quick share this week as the post is quickly turning into a bit of a mountain. But true to Kimberley (that's me btw) form, I've decided to share a process blog post today for a bit of fun.

I shall try to keep it quick – feel free to ask any questions if any bit is unclear.

My face share this week looks far more complex than it actually is.

Collage Selfie made from Studio Calico papers

It is a paper collage selfie made up from bits of patterned paper and it is super simple to do and surprisingly, or at least for me, still resembles the original model, which as it was a selfie was in fact me.

If you want to have a go at this you will need:
A photo of a face
Photo-editing software like Photoshop Elements or similar (I'm guessing that the free online photo-editing software PicMonkey can do this too but I've not had a go yet.)
Tracing paper
Pencil
Scissors
Craft knife, I used a swivel knife
Cutting board
Patterned paper
Glue


Step 1 - Open Your Head Shot
A selfie in Photoshop Elements

Open up your head shot. It doesn't have to be perfect, obviously you are perfect, but the photo doesn't have to be!


Step 2 - Change The Colour
Changing the colours of a selfie in Photoshop Elements

Change the colour of the photo according to the light and shade areas. You can do this different ways and it depends on the software you are using. I did it in Photoshop Elements by first making a copy layer of the photograph then using the Hard Mix option from the drop-down menu in the layers palette.

(I am totally happy to walk you through this if you are lost, so do shout if I'm being too jargony!).


Step 3 - Trace The Face
Trace the face from the photo

You can print out your photograph or if you are impatient, like me, take a soft pencil and just trace the image directly from the screen (assuming you don't have a touchscreen computer that is!). DON'T PRESS HARD! You don't want to mess up your screen do you? Now, using the stylised photograph from Step 2 as reference, pick out the papers you want to use for each layer.

I decided to used red where there were black tones and teal for the red, yellow and white areas of the photograph but you can go with whatever you want, I mean that is the fun part, right?


Step 4 - Transfer Each Layer
Transfer the image to the back of the patterned paper

So switch off your head from seeing an image of a face and start thinking pattern and layers – the colours from the stylised picture in Step 2 should help, or if you are using a black and white photo then the gradients of grey will help.

Transfer the traced image onto the back of your paper but only the important parts for the paper, So for the red paper, which was representing the black area of the photo in Step 2, I just did the outline of the head and the pupils of the eyes. For the dark teal paper, which was representing the red areas in the photo, I just transferred the outline of the face and the shadow under the nose, under the cheekbone and the lips.


Continue until you have each layer transferred to the back of the patterned paper.


Step 5 - Cut It Out

Cut out the pieces and start building them up into the picture. There will be some small bits so if you think you might lose them then put them into a spare envelope as you work. It does not have to be super accurate.


Step 6 - Jigsaw Puzzle Time!
Sticking the face piece together

Remember the tracing paper from Step 3? Well it makes the perfect map to help you glue your cut-out paper pieces in the correct places. Layer the tracing paper over the top and flip it on and off as you place the cut-out pieces.


There you have it, a patterned paper collage selfie and my Show Your Face share this week.

Patterned Paper collage Selfie

Hey, put it in a frame and it would make a fun version of your family portraits for your home, wouldn't it? Right, I'm off to do one of David to put on our Kitchen Gallery wall we are slowly adding to!

So it was a long time getting here but...

Over To You...

Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFace for those of you that use them. Please do let anyone you think would be interested in sharing their portraits know about our community here.

Don't forget: during August, Art It Friday - Show Your Face will become Show Your Face Inspired By {Insert Name}. Learn more about it from my 10th July 2015 blog post.

Catch you later Face-Artinators

Kim

PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Painted pages share at Paint Party Friday.

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