Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sneak Peak into "Mastering Twinks"

I wanted to give you a sneak peak into my "Mastering Twinks" online class which starts on January 31st through and runs for three weeks.  As part of this class we will be creating some fun filled art and I wanted to share with you a simple process for creating a beautiful butterfly using masking fluid between layers of Twinkling H2O's.  

Start with a very loose and simple sketch of a butterfly. Don't put in too much detail, just the basic outline and pattern on the wings. Keep it simple and give yourself plenty of room.

Using "Solar Gold", paint a very light wet wash over the butterfly. Keep the wash withing the boundaries of the butterfly.
While this layer is still wet, apply several other colors onto the wings. I used a combination of "Mediterranean", "Ginger Peach", "Jasmine" and "Teal Zircon".  Dot these colors around the wings, letting them feather out and blend into each other. This creates some lovely color mixes and the sparkle is beautiful.
Let the butterfly dry completely then apply a layer of liquid frisket or masking fluid. Push the frisket around the surface of the butterfly, dotting it only in places where you want to see the color shining through.  Follow the contours of your design. Masking fluid is like a rubber or laytex cement that is applied over a page to preserve the white or color wash underneath.  You can paint directly over it after it has dried, then when the paint is dry, you just peel or rub it straight off.  it doesn't tear or affect the paper underneath.  I use it a lot in my twinkling projects, but beware, it can sometimes dilute the  paint on which it sits and lift up some of the mica. Especially if the paint isn't fully dry before you apply it.
When the masking fluid is dry, paint over the entire butterfly with "Hunter Gray" or another dark color. You may like to paint a second layer to give more contrast to the patterns or you may like to keep it light to allow the color underneath to peak through.
 When it is completely dry, gently peel off the frisket.  Many brands of masking fluid come with a special eraser, if you don't have one, use a regular eraser or just rub it gently with your finger to lift it off.

Finish it off by softening the pattern with a fine line market.  Stipple the edges of the patterns, or scribble and shade to create a soft effect.  

You can see how some simple dots and lines create more definition to the butterfly. 

As a final touch, wash in a background to give the butterfly dimension.  Keep the intensity of background color close to the butterfly, and let the pigment wash out as you move away from it.  For thisI used a Tombow water soluble marker and blended the color with a wet brush.

 It's a very simple, yet effective process and is great for so many subjects.  Remember, there's still time to sign up for "Mastering Twinks", click here for more information.

Thanks for checking in. xx