Welcome to 2016 everyone! I've decided to start out the year again with another piece of cat art, since my cat tutorial from a year ago was SO popular. So here's another cat tutorial for you--basically the same thing--just a little bit of a variation from the original.
Once again I warmed up by getting out my Gelli® plate and my paints and brushes and had some fun--
.....and again I'm just using here 110lb card stock that I find at my local office supply store (Staples). I also like to use scrapbook papers that I'm not too crazy about that I get in the pads --they work great, and you can get some of the background design of the paper to peak through if you like or cover it up completely--the heavier scrapbook papers hold up really well to layers of paint. And book pages are fun to use also--good ones are the over-sized children's picture dictionaries or story books (depending on the paper--they also hold up well to anything that you may want to do to them).
I chose my 'color palette' for my 6 x 18 birch cradle board--
.....and made my background with my papers--
.....and then I outlined the moon on one of my papers from the template that I made, got out my gel medium, put it on my surface, and then added some washi tape borders.....
next--I drew my cat template, cut it up and numbered it for my papers that I chose to use for the cat--
--after that, got the gel medium out again and placed my cat on the moon along with some scattered stars--
This is when you want to bring the cat out of the background by highlighting and shading areas of it I used my inktense blocks for this part. If you're not familiar with these, they're watercolor sticks. You just color in the area with them and then apply water--the difference is that they're made with ink and are very intense color (I guess that's why they're called inktense). They did exactly what I wanted them to do--
You can also see here that I outlined everything with black--still using my favorite permanent pen that I used last year--my Fude Ball pen.
And I also let my muse take over and let the piece tell me what else it needed. I added some ephemera flowers on the body and along the border--
And I added the word 'wish'......and a little more embellishing...
......and also finishing up the sides.......
So now that it's all finished, it's ready to find a new home--it's for sale in my Etsy shop, which you can find HERE.
....or....start playing, and make a cat (or whatever you want) using papers that you've painted--it's fun seeing your art progress along the way--the more you play, the more you want to play! :-)