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Friday, March 16, 2012

Trade Pieces and Some Tweaks...

Now that both Lee and TJ have received their packages,
I can show you what I did for the trade.


The one above is what I sent to Lee...


and this is the one I sent to TJ.

I did these on small hardback book covers. I don't remember for sure but I think I added a layer of old book pages first, then some modeling paste and gesso. I scratched some simple designs in the modeling paste and when that was dry added some color. The leaves are patterned paper with stamping over that. A few dots and some doodling here and there and that was it.

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Yesterday I tweaked a couple of faces I've shown you before...you may not see a huge difference but in person they look better than before...



I just keep adding layers and trying different things. The right side of her forehead is still too dark...more layers needed!  Maybe one of these days (years!) it will become easier for me. I hope so! I see some artists turn out new faces each day while it takes me several days to get just one.

This weekend we're going to have cold, windy, rainy weather so I plan to stay in the studio and paint. I hope I have something new to show you soon.

19 comments:

  1. I like the way they look now Janet-before I though they looked a bit harsh --but that is just my opinion.

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  2. Great art! Looks like you're enjoying your time in the studio.

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  3. I love your swap pieces - I'm sure they were thrilled to get them. Your layers are paying off - the shading on your faces looks really good.

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  4. The swap art is beautiful, so peaceful...you done good!!!! Love what you are doing with these faces...do you ever wonder who they are????Just a thought. Hugs, Mary

    Mary Bee has left her blog...she is moving right now to a new house...I hope she will return to blogging one day.

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  5. You never cease to amaze me with all the different styles of art you do. Love the swap pieces! And the faces - the first one is my favorite :-)

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  6. janet, i love my art you created, and I tell you girl, those faces, make me want to come over and you show me how to do it, plus the paint for the faces, envy here

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  7. Janet,

    These are really looking better. I think Mystele is so right, you have to keep playing. I keep layer on top of layer until I feel satisfied. You will get it, you have made a lot of progress. I love how these ;adies are turning out.

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  8. I love the art swap pieces, and I love that you used hardcover books! I love book art. :)

    As someone who makes subtle changes to her own pieces, whether they're paintings or jewelry, I notice the changes you made to your faces, and I think they're looking great.

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  9. They are just SO beautiful! And your trade is so elegant and beautiful too - I love all the texture! xo

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  10. I like the faces Janet, especially the redhead. The background make them pop and the layers of paint does make a differens.
    The different highlights on both faces work well too, looks real to me.

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  11. All is beautiful...
    I like using old hardback book covers as my canvas as well.
    I think it really can add extra texturing to your piece.
    Take care. ((hugs))

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  12. I just love your swap pieces, they remind me that spring is just around the corner.

    You have such wonderful colours in your faces, which give them a lovely strong feel. I think they are beautiful and show confidence in your painting.

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  13. Wow!! I just love the eyes you've painted on these girls!! Beautiful :D

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  14. Hi Janet...I like your additions to the faces too...very subtle, but just right! The two art cards you made are wonderful...love all the texture and the leaves...leaves always catch my eye.
    Mary

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  15. The faces look lovely - and I really like the pieces you did for your trade. Very spring-y! It's been a cold, wet weekend here too. Did you get some snow up there? Hope you had a happy St. Patrick's Day weekend, despite the weather. Stay warm!

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  16. We have sunshine this morning after a rainy, snowy weekend.
    I am loving what you sent. Thanks for telling us how you made them. I think I am going to have to give this a try.

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  17. your faces are the best and lucky those who receive your art, these are fantastic, i want to get myself involved in some swap or round robin!!!! LOL
    hugs Janet!

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  18. Your portraits are beautiful...I like the first one especially. Lovely!

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  19. I especially love your book covers -- fabulous colors and how fun to use the textures. Lucky recipients!

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