Thursday, July 31, 2014

Oil Painting Photorealistic: Snoopy My Dog


I made this painting of my lovely Snoopy earlier this year. Snoopy is a girl by the way! I had a canvas with a painting that I didn't like anymore, so I painted over it with PVA. I decided to practice some photorealism skills.

I used a projector to get the image perfect (Oh no! Laziness! Oh well...). That was less of a challenge, I just wanted to focus on the colours to be honest. The larger the canvas the better. Note, my Lulu dog painting is still unfinished, but that is a whole other story.

The base was then applied using acrylic and then I had oil paints and so I switched to that.

My bald head and the beginning stages of Snoopy and Lulu

Hair close up
Ear detail

Snoopy posing with her painting

I was enjoyable and the best part was when it looked like it was coming together. I will do more of these as soon as I get time and inspiration. Xx. Q.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Craft tutorial: A Paper Mâché Puppet Part 1

I made this puppet of Cleopatra when I was about 12 and I thought she was so beautiful! Our class did not finish the project which was unfortunate, so I've decided to redo the whole thing.

You will need:

  • Lots of newspaper
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 large mixing bowls
  • 1 roll of foil
  • masking tape
  • 1 empty toilet paper roll
  • scissors
  • large work area that can get messy

Tear the newspaper first and create a large pile.

Mix the flour with a small amount of water until it thickens to this consistency:

Steps: 1. Roll few bits of newspaper into a ball. It should be about the size of your fist. 2. Attach the ball to the toilet roll. 3. Use masking tape to secure it in place. 4. Wrap foil around the ball to mold it into the shape of a head.

Now cover the head with a single and light layer of newspaper strips dipped into the mixture. allow to dry completely.

I will post Part 2 as soon as our puppets are made. xxQuaymberley.