And no paint was used in the making of this face (or hair for that matter)--
I used my Conte' crayons that I got a while back after reading about these on people's blogs. They were highly recommended, so naturally I had to get them. So I really didn't read the info about them entirely and I just assumed that they were a different kind of crayon--silly me. They're actually pastels, but alot harder, so not as much dust, and they blend beautifully. And if you want to take some off, they just erase with a kneaded eraser. So you definitely have to spray a fixative on them when you're finished. I also used some of my colored pitt pens for color. I like to wet them with the paintbrush for a watercolor effect.
I added some of my style with the crackle paint and lace--
And I also applied some of the techniques that I learned from Christy's She-art class on the sides of the canvas--
All on a 6 x 18 canvas from Dick Blick (love these)
And see those butterflies? I used my new Martha Stewart All Over the Page Punch--
This is the neatest little gadget--punch anywhere you want on the page, and the best part--you can see exactly where you're punching when you flip it and the paper upside down.--so if you wanted to make a pattern on your paper for collage or as a stencil, you could!
And I'm very excited about my new online class with Jane DesRosier, better known as Grittyjane--Portraits and Papers. Jane is the very first artist that I found on the internet when I was just starting with mixed media--way before I ever even thought of having a blog. I think I actually found her on Ebay first. And through these last few years, her art has evolved so much. I didn't think she could possibly get any better, but she has--she is truly an inspiring artist and a very sweet lady. And she's offering what she's learned by teaching portrait skills mixed with her very unique collage work. I think the art that she's coming out with right now is my favorite so far. The price is very fair too. If this interests you, go check out her class --if anything, check out her art--amazing!!