2.01.2013

from beginning to end



 good morning friends!
i want to thank all my new followers and the 
sweet comments you have left on the last few posts!

i truly appreciate all of you!
i want to make it over to all of your blogs...
maybe since it is only 5 out this morning,
today will be a good day for that! 


anyway...
i have had a few people ask me about my process
of my paintings here and
on my facebook page.

so today i thought i would share one of my paintings.
i have a few different styles and  this is just one...


this one i am doing on 100% cotton 140 lb water color paper.
first i draw out the scene... 
i just use a 4b pencil.



i then started to add some vintage papers...
i love using vintage wallpaper, music sheets, dictionary pages, etc.
i do find a lot of these at thrift stores.



next i add color to the background.
i use golden fluid acrylics, pan pastels, and soft pastels.




 just keep building color on the background using acrylics.
for the face i use shiva oil paintstiks.
love how smooth they are...so much easier to use than regular oils...
in my opinion anyway!


for the details i use a white gel pen to doodle around the face
and other places....like the halo here.

i use a black and white stabilo pencil to do the scene ...
this pencil will write on anything.
and it is water soluble so i can add a wet brush to 
it to make it look like a watercolor.



and here is the finished painting.


if any of you have more questions...please ask!
i will try to get them answered.

i'm linking up to 
and

you can join us by linking up as well as check out other creative souls...
i hope you do!
hope everyone has a great weekend!

25 comments:

Trish said...

wow... so lovely and you sharing your process was so sweet... still would like to sit and watch..LOL.. <3

Janet said...

So beautiful! Thanks for sharing your process.

Nancy Claeys said...

I would have had no idea how you arrived at the final piece... thank you!

Linda Stoll said...

ah ... the eyes, the blue eyes!!

Anna said...

Very beautiful.

Alecia Simersky said...

This is beautiful and you are so talented!

Legacy of a Single Girl said...

Hi Alissa, I'm stopping in from the Studio Friday. This pieces is fabulous, I love seeing your steps. I'm intrigued that you do your background differently from the way I do it (lay down, then paint, then the vocal person) and it turns out wonderful! I love the house scenes! Glad to have stopped in!
Margo

Anna Pasquale said...

It's so cool to see how you progress from one step to the next! Sometimes, for me, the "focal point" of my painting doesn't come to my until after the I get the background layered in. This way makes more sense...I might have to try it!

Thanks for being willing to share with us. :-)

Blessings,
Anna K.
via
Studio JRU

Kim said...

Thank you so much for showing us how you do your work. So beautiful! HPPF!

Netty said...

Thank you for sharing the process. Beautiful collaged artwork. Happy PPF, Annette x

Tracey Fletcher King said...

I like that you have combined drawing with collage and paint, and create such depth and detail... really lovely finished product and loved seeing the process along the way... and I love those stabilo pencils as well... now happily following and looking forward to getting to know your work better...xx

Mary C. Nasser said...

Such a beautiful portrait!
I love the embellishments in her hair!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

It is so neat to watch your progress and your process, Alissa! This piece is beautiful. I loved to see her come to life like that! And I love the black and white scene in the background. Beautiful!

Giggles said...

Stunning work and thanks for the lesson on your process. Very nice work...Everytime I hear the word stabilo I think of a band from 15 years ago called Stabilo boss...they had to drop the boss...and then they just disappeared after a few hits...

Thanks for sharing and happy weekend to you!

Hugs Giggles

Jen Price said...

So beautiful! Love the gel pen details.

Beth Cole said...

Beautiful art and writing, Alissa! Thank you for sharing your tools and how you use them, I love seeing how you use your gifts. Stunning work!

Kerry @ Made For Real said...

Stunning!! Thanks for your visit : ) Your work is amazing.

janice smith said...

Stunning work, Alissa. I always love reading about the process as well. The background scene and the white gel pen details are my favorite bits. Happy PPF!

XO Janice

Cris, Oregon Artist said...

Fascinating..Love the out come of it all. HPPF

Anne Manda said...

Beautiful! It's so full of hope and promise of the new day! Love the background with a starry sky and the beautiful detail, too! <3

Gina Sismilich said...

What a fabulous painting - I just love it. Thanks for sharing some of your process in creating it. HPPF

Dianne said...

So lovely...and fun to see your process. HPPF!

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