Today was the start of a brand new FREE course run by Tam over at willowing.org (button on the right). The course is 4 weeks and will cover backgrounds, portraits, altering a childrens board book and making an empathy monster, plus loads of tips and techniques!
I followed the video instructions to make this page today.
First we wrote on the left hand side any negative feelings we had about our art or ourselves. We looked at the reasons why we felt those things and once we had accepted why, we covered up all that negativity with gesso! Then the video took you step by step through drawing a self portrait, colouring it and shading it (I so wish I did look like this!), then we worked on the background using lots of different techniques and layers including stamps and brayering. Then we chose a positive phrase to put on the left hand side and one word to sum everything up which was written under the right eye on the portrait.
Although my ladies face is a little wonky I am really pleased with it! I love the colours on her face but maybe needed to blend a little bit more. Overall I was really impressed with the amount of things I learned from this first video and recomend everyone to go and check out the course!