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After a full week of editing photos, I wanted to make some art and experiment! My wonderful model Patty, who has become a friend, had a birthday coming up. So, I decided to do a portrait of her as a gift. I really liked a particular shot of her from our Day of the Dead shoot, but wanted to try and draw her without the makeup adorning her face.
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I started with pencil on illustration board.
It was definitely a challenge to omit the makeup and still get the shadows right. Then came the experimentation. I added a little color using watercolors.
It was definitely a worthwhile experiment, but the best part was seeing her face when she received it!
This past weekend my husband and I went with some very good friends to our favorite annual event, the Edwardian Ball in San Francisco. It is like coming home for me - a collection of everything I love - historic costumes, music, oddities, Edward Gorey and so on - with a dark twist- and all in the beautiful Regency Ballroom.
Check out their website here: http://edwardianball.com/
A little article on the event here: http://digitaljournal.com/entertainment/edwardian-ball-is-a-tribute-to-those-times-and-a-unique-artist/article/365405
So, I decided to create and customize our accessories for the event. I started with a hat adornment and handmade bow tie for our friend.
I made the bow tie from some ribbon I had purchased at Halloween and a little plastic skull that I painted gold and glued on. The hat needed a little something, so I added gold ribbon, feathers, and a plastic scorpion that I painted gold. This was all to go with his gold vest that he would be wearing.
For my husband's hat, I created a black and white striped band with spiders to go with the striped cravat I made from the same fabric. I added a little purple ribbon behind for interest. In the end, I added a spider pin that I had as well.
The striped hat and cravat together.
My husband and me in our costumes - black and white stripes with a touch of purple.
I felt like a silent film star! We are already planning next year's costumes.
This Christmas I experimented by making mini dioramas as ornaments for my family. I think it worked out nicely. I started with these diorama rounds from the craft store and painted them silver. I used images from vintage postcards and added my family member's faces to them. I then made layer after layer of carefully cut out pieces, starting at the back. I added other patterned papers and embellishments.
I am very happy with how they turned out and am eager to practice more. I have so many ideas!