Hey there gorgeous sisters and a very happy Wednesday to you, wherever in the world you may be. I hope you are having a great start to your September month of stillness and inner wisdom too. Today I wanted to share with an episode of Insta-Art: An Angel of Compassion.
This angel I created when I was in Ireland on holiday, and I love her so much. She’s so serene and (unusually for me) I have managed to stick to a more neutral, pastel colour scheme.
I wanted to share my process with you here, in the hopes that it might inspire some creativity of your own. Enjoy!
I began with a sketch of my angel of compassion and put in some words straight away that I knew I wanted to include. I wanted her to have a profusion of wings and such a sense of love and calmness in her expression, and I think I managed to achieve that well.
I also journalled some other words onto her wing – I wasn’t sure whether these would become hidden or not, but I knew that I wanted them to be there. They read “live your life freely and with abandon. don’t back away from who you are, don’t feel you need to dim your light for anyone. live, love, laugh and enjoy your artful life.”
I then added some colour to her face and neck, and to her hair. I’ve used a combination of acrylic paints and neocolours to achieve this effect. Here I am auditioning some specific collage elements to see whether I want them to be part of the main work or not. No firm decisions – just having fun rearranging them.
Once the main elements were decided, I went to town a bit with collage pieces for the background, covering almost the whole page! I used a combination of scrapbook papers, old manuscript and book pages, doilies and decoupage papers.
Next I added a wash of colour using my brand new gelatos! I bought a set on holiday and so far I am delighted with them. The colours are lovely (especially that creamy glowing colour on her wing). Love!
I activated those colours and left them to dry a little. At this stage she looks very fuzzy and seems to be disappearing into the background altogether. I will have to work on bringing her back out into the foreground more.
I’ve started to do that here with a layer of gesso to help send back the background and bring her to the front. It will take a little more than that, but I can see the potential of where she’s going and I like it!
After the gesso I left her to dry for a good hour. I think it was time for dinner so that wasn’t too hard to do (normally I am so impatient!)
When I came back to her, my first thought was to add more definition with the graphite pencil and the blending stump. I started to bring out details like the wings, facial features and her wings to start to see the whole piece more clearly.
I also chose to add more rose pink acrylic to the top section of the page and to create a border with some collaged patterned paper across the top. I’ve added some more vibrant pink by mixing together the dylusions spray ink with some antique white acrylic paint too.
I’ve gone a little dotty with her here! Lots of extra detailing around her dress, hair and wings. I’ve also re written the journalling with a black unipin pen on her wing. I love the hearts here – she is such a loving character they seem like a perfect fit.
Here, the main message of the piece has been added across the top of the page, rather than on her dress (although it is still there too – hidden under layers of paint). More shadow and depth has been added with my stabilo all pencil and some more work with the graphite pencil.
And here she is! My angel of compassion and love. May she bring the same compassion and caring into your life she has ushered into mine.
I hope you enjoyed this little peek into my process – I have certainly enjoyed sharing it with you.
If you’d like to find out more about my favourite art supplies, head on over to this post right here.
Have a great day lovelies!