Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Crafter's Cupboard April DT

April's DT an ANZAC Tribute

Hello Crafty Peeps,
It's Dannii here again with a little late April Tutorial
April has been a crazy month but hopefully you'll think this tutorial is worth the wait
Once again I have created a double lay-out in my Dyan Reavely ranger journal. I love this new journal. The pages are so beautiful, thick and smooth to work on and can really hold the wet, and the best thing there's no gluing pages together. You can buy them HERE

Now anyone who knows me knows my oldest son has recently joined the Australian Army. This is he's First Anzac day as a service man and I am truly proud of him. Also being that this April we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC's in Gallipoli landing I decided that my page should be a tribute to our Anzac hero's past and present.

So I decided to sketch on the right side of the page an Anzac solider. This was drawn in grey lead pencil
Once I was happy with the sketch I went over the drawing with a waterproof fine liner this helps me to keep my basic line drawing when I start painting.
 I made a few adjustments to the port potions on the face and then when I was happy with the drawing I rubbed out all my grey lead sketch lines.
Now was the time to start splashing some paint around using Southern Skies Fressco paint and a credit card. I blocked in the background and then using Tinned peas I quickly blocked in the uniform and slouch hat. I then used SEMCO flesh paint from my stash to block in the face and neck area
once again I pulled out my trusty fine liner and went over the facial features again and blocked in the eyes with fresco paint chalk and then started to paint in the shadowed areas with Fresco chocolate pudding
once the shadows are dry another layer of Semco flesh paint is applied over the whole face and neck
and then I painted in the Iris with the chocolate pudding fresco paint.
once this layer is dried I pulled out my Derwent ink intense pencils I lOOOVVVE these pencils and are a must have for any serious art journal.They can be purchased at crafters cupboard
I like to use the earth tones in the ink intense pencils to build the shadows and flesh tones.
 and then activated the pencil's with an aqua painter. The pupils where then painted in and lips coloured

at this stage. I really just like to keep working and building the flesh tones and building up the features on the face with the ink intense pencils and aqua painter.
I really enjoy this process and will keep adding colours until I am happy with the finished face
More shadows are added with the purple red tones
and then toned down with a touch of flesh paint
the slouch hat band  and hat badge is painted in
Then the final details are added to the hat badge and chin strap and details to the shirt.
Once it is completely dry I added white highlights to the chin, nose, checks neck and forehead with a white charcoal pen and white possca paint pen
I am now happy with the finished details of the face
and now it's time to start on the other side of the page.
starting with stamping and masking a poppy stamp from my stash
along the bottom half of the page
the poppies were then painted with silk paints and pit pens
once the poppies were finished I added the lest we forget ode.
I am really pleased with my finished page and hope you all enjoyed my tutorial
hopefully I have done our old Digger's Proud and I know
it is by far my favourite page
till next time
enjoy your art journaling

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