Posts Tagged With: watercolors

A week worth of work

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So the past week I was busting my ass on work, reading, and <drum rolls> painting. For ten years I fancied myself an artist of this or that sort. Today I realize my painting style is a bit stupid, and in the end I make real childish drawings in general. But I still somehow hope making a living out of it. Why? How? Don’t know. There are worse than me out there who are doing well. And I just thought I deserve some too, yes?

And I did get some. Meaning I painted people I like (as you see they’re not all people, and not all are real people when they are people) and sent it to them. Bunny, aka Grav3yardGirl liked it on Instagram, Reina‘s image was reblogged by SF fan page on Tumblr, Kanadajin3 retweeted hers kindly, and Bree thanked me when doing so. Love these girls, and there’s a few more I must paint too.

What I do is I get into their Instagrams, for these days I feel like people put their images there when they feel their best, and I want to paint what they feel their best, because in my view – they’re great, but from some content these people uploaded, I know they not always feel the same way themselves. I enlarge the picture as much as I can, and just start drawing on a A5 (or is it A6? half of A4) page with a pencil, trying my best to imitate what their beautiful faces look like. As you see I stylize the hair a lot, since I can’t draw hair, and they all have real, like REAL nice hair. So I try doing it justice via what I can do in general. And then I just paint and paint, and paint. I change some things, I change the colors, I get frustrated every time, and then I try to scan it with my piece of trash old scanner. Which leaves me photoshopping the picture into the original color scheme for another half hour or so…

My point is: people work, and people work hard. You see an actor or an entertainer and think “wow, their life is so nice and easy”, but that’s a big fat lie you’re imagining there. And the shit these people cope with I don’t even want to imagine. So if you sit there, on YouTube, writing a new comment, and have a choice of saying “u ugly af ur teeth lik dis” and saying “u pretty af, love what u do” – think of which one of these you’d like to hear, and say the one. Just a drop of kindness goes a very long way.

And speaking of kindness: please check out and if possible, share my mum’s [CancerBattle]; or if you believe in good faith, maybe you’d like to help me run away with my own life with [NoMoreDebts]? Or just check out my [Tumblr], follow, share, like (there’s a donation button there too), or just come chat with me there.

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How Roses Eternal are born

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  • First we get the aqua colors and get them a little soggy. You might not want to do this if you have decent kind of aqua colors, but mine turn into wet-chalk-like substance, so I must.
  • I paint the cabochon setting black. Used to use black paper, but figured black paint is to my advantage when it comes to shadows.
  • Start with the darkest color of usable red. I use pure red or add a speck of black in it. That is advisable.

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  • Next I mix up some pink. It has to be a shade of dusty dry pink rose, so the basic one already pre-given in the pallet doesn’t fit my needs. Might fit yours tho, give it a shot.
  • Dab the light with pink. Then with pure white. You can play around a bit and make dew drops. Did it a couple times, it can really save a slightly messy looking miniature.
  • I don’t usually do mid-shade for the stems and leafs, but you can. And I should, and you should probably too.

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  • Instead I just dab basic green with pure white where light would hit it the hardest. I admit, this is a little messy. Mostly because my best and most favorite paintbrush has met its end.
  • Enamel.
  • Just enough of it to cover up the picture.
  • I hold it in pliers and heat it over an open flame of a candle since I don’t have a heat gun. I can’t advice this.

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  • It melts and it hardens, making a gorgeous glass-like shine over the miniature. Much like resin. Can’t say what I prefer, since I didn’t work with resin. I do, on the other hand, have a couple pendants made with resin-finish. Or should I say had? Resin turned yellow and popped off completely, besides scratching up. With enamel – you can always re-heat it, it’ll melt and re-harden and be as good as new, as long as you don’t burn it up.

IMG_4656And this is the finished product that you can see on my [DeviantArt], buy on [Etsy], or like on [Facebook]. Or follow me on Twitter][Tumblr

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