Inspired by artist Toni Burt
I was lucky enough to catch some posts on Instagram that reminded me that hey, it’s September…people are making faces…I caught that on the 3rd …
So, it’s the 11th…and we as a family walked into September with nearly all of us sick as dogs. What the heck is up with summer flus? This is my second one this year. On top of that, my oldest moved (erm, is moving, moved, is…working on it….doesn’t sleep here anymore…long story…) into her first apartment…or at least a sublet room in a two-bedroom apartment with a room-mate. To say we are all ragged right now–that’s an understatement.
BUT…I love this challenge…and this season hit me at just the right time…I had been bingeing on Mindy Lacefield’s videos…and I have been wanting to get back into my own primitive little faces thing again…and I love how Mindy frequently starts with a square for the head…it’s just so cool.
I just bought her book, Wild Surrender, used, online…and when it got here, I was shocked-amazed-thrilled to find out it was an actual autographed copy.
I am telling you this because for this month’s 29 Faces challenge, I have set up a few rules for myself.
1-I am using a very limited amount of supplies.
A charcoal pencil, a black stabilio, one paintbrush. I have a water brush sitting here too, but I have yet to use it at all…and if I haven’t used it yet, I probably won’t.
A tray of water-soluble wax crayons (Reeves brand, I think–the box died ages ago).
A bottle of white paint. A bottle of gold paint.
2-I have to start off with a square shape for the head.
3-I have to create ‘prims’, as I call them. Little ‘primitive’ type girls. I love these girls…and there is a lot going on with me behind the scenes as I make them.
An unofficial ‘rule’ I have is that when I work in my journal, each day I work a face on each page, each side of the two-page spread. And when I hit upon a spread that has a smaller page in the middle of two big pages…each side of that smaller page gets a face on it–as well as the two larger pages.
I have also been making ATCs this week…because I am prepping a journal for a totally different project by coating the pages with a mix of modeling paste and white paint to create a highly textured surface to work on–and as I cover one spread with this mix, anything left on the brush I wipe all over a playing card as foundation. After today, I will have five ATCs made this way. It’s pretty fun too.
I have also started making some of these faces in my grimoire, in what I am currently calling my Halloween journal, and last night I finished a 5 x 7 inch canvas.
You can follow along on Instagram where I post my WIPS (but almost never a finished product for some reason…) I love to see how the pieces change from basic sketch to completed piece. A lot can change with a single flick of a brush. Especially when the faces aren’t very large.
At the end of the month, at the end of the challenge, I will be making a video to show you all the faces I made…and hopefully, I will get well enough to pull together a board on Pinterest as well.