This is such a great month with our wonderful guest artist playing with Luminarte Products. We have artist Dorit Elisha who's inspiration comes from what she sees in her everyday life. She puts it all together in a very intuitive and spontaneous way in her artwork.
Dorit Elisha is a mixed media artist, instructor and author. Her latest book "Printmaking + Mixed Media" was published in 2009 by Interweave and her latest article is in the Cloth Paper Scissors May-June '11 issue. Dorit teaches printmaking and mixed media around the US.
Dorit used a mixture of the Luminarte products and created a playful take on portrait painting. I love the techniques she teaches in our blog today. The texture that she achieves for the background is WONDERFUL and SIMPLE to do!
Dorit here, for an H2O’s “virgin” like me, this was an easy and fun project. I was inspired by one of my favorite artists – Paul Klee. Klee plays a lot with paintings divided into smaller areas that are then painted with different shades of his chosen colors .
I decided to experiment with purples, pinks and blues. I started by spraying a few drops of water into the paint cakes and let them soak the water. In the meantime using a white wax crayon, I drew a simple face (in the style of a 5 years old) and then continued by dividing the drawing into smaller areas. The wax crayon creates a resist to the water paint, so I always “stayed inside the lines” when painting. I tried to play as much as possible by using more than one color in each square or by diluting the paint in some areas to create a lighter shade. Some places have a second layer of pattern and paint (applied after the first layer dried and after drawing more wax crayon lines and shapes). For the background around the head I added a lot of crayon lines before using the paint, and the result is a different kind of texture. I also touched it lightly in the corners with the yellow rose Radiant Rain dauber which I spread and blended using my brush.
I have to say – although it’s hard to tell by the photo, the painting is really radiant and twinkling! I wish I could use these paints on my own skin so it looks as radiant as the paper does!
- Water color paper
- White wax crayon
- H2O: Snapdragon, wild plum, Tahitian, periwinkle, deep coral, rose gold, pink azalea
- Radiant Rain Dauber: Yellow rose, green vine
Thanks so much for stopping!