|My Little Angel #4|
This is what my wood plaque looked like when I took the plastic off. I brought it from Spotlight, a fabric/craft/decor shop.
These wood plaque are great to work on, particularly for mixed media pieces. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.
I first decided where I wanted my angel to be placed and sketched her in.
Here you can see the wing template I made (out of card) to trace around. I use this so that both wings are the same. This is not necessary, as you may want them to look slightly different and that would be perfectly ok. However I always seem to draw a great right wing and the left always looks wrong, hence using the template.
I wanted her halo to be perfectly round so I placed a small bowl exactly where I wanted the halo to go and traced around it. You can use any circular object, it depends on how big or small you want the halo.
I started to add some colour using my Caran D’Arche water-soluble crayons.
I added colour to the body and to the background, making sure not to use too many colours and to use complimentary colours, ie orange is the complimentary colour to blue, etc.
I pushed the crayon colours around with a wet brush, blending sections here and there.
I worked on the colours some more and added some purple to the left hand side of the body to add depth.
Here I added the hair colour as well as her headband. Detail was also added to the face.
Using my wing template I traced and cut out some beautiful wings from an old hymn book. I made sure the text that appeared in the wings would relate to the angel somehow. The text in the left wings says, ‘with thy spirit’ and the right wings says, ‘glad at heart I am’.
Almost finished here. Just missing my felt hearts that I add on at the end. In the finished product the edges of the plaque are painted black, but I usually crop these out when I scan the final piece in to the computer, just like this one.
Things you’ll need:
- Wood plaque
- Watersoluable crayons
- Acrylic paint
- Gell pens
- Old hymn book pages
- Water jar and brushes.
- Time and effort
- Any other materials you see fit.