It’s the end of January and I have made it through the second week’s Life Book 2013 exercise. (The Sketchbook Project seriously threw me off–but well worth it–more about that in a later post.) I didn’t rush myself through this one as I normally do but enjoyed taking my time about many of the details.
Some of the things I like about her are her hair with the flowers in it, the way her arms are open and welcoming and cradling, and the hint of Latinate letters peeking through the flowers along the bottom. (Love script stamps!) The flowers were stamped on regular 24 lb printer paper, painted with acrylic paints, and then I rubbed Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles all over them, so they have a subtle glistening effect that doesn’t come through onscreen.
I attached the ones in her hair and one on her arm with 3D foam so that they would stand up from the page a bit more; the rest are adhered with medium, although I did not glue the tips of all the petals and leaves down in order to preserve their dimensionality.
I am not entirely certain this is “done”–there may be more doodling to come, as I have done some but not much and it could probably use more (but I am afraid to draw on it and screw it up!) . . . we’ll see as the days go on what I do with her. I do know that stopping too soon is nearly always the wrong thing to do. Perhaps I may try some things out in my journal pages and then transfer those techniques over to my True Intentions lady in the future. She’s not going anywhere so I am in no rush.
This project was led by Monica Zuniga, who lives in Mexico City. I had not been familiar with her work before this; she seems a gentle soul and must be a good person since she has a cat in her studio. Clearly she is beautiful both inside and out as she was Miss Mexico 1991!
The substrate is a sheet of 9×12″ hot press watercolor paper from an Arches 140 lb. block. Paints used were Claudine Hellmuth Studio paints (dab of yellow, landscape green, blank canvas, modern red, and sable brown) as well as Golden Fluid Acrylics (permanent green light, hansa yellow medium, titanium white, transparent red iron oxide, pyrrole orange, red oxide, cerulean blue, pyrrole red, titan buff, and transparent yellow iron oxide).