DLP Self Portrait Tutorial and Giveaway!

The Documented Life Project

Faces, the Human Form and Characters

Self Portrait

Prompt: Mirror Mirror

So excited to be asked to do this weeks journal prompt for The Documented Life Project. They nailed my interest spot on and I am excited to share one of my favorite techniques for creating self portraits in my journals. I’ve added some ways to transfer guidelines and details for those new to drawing faces and much more information is included in my new book for those interested in taking portraits even further. Be sure to see the BOOK GIVEAWAY info at the bottom of this post!

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All of the supplies used for this technique

Creating a ‘Selfie’

I’m using one of the mini tutorials from my book, Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker for the inspiration to create a mixed media ‘selfie’ in my art journal. I think it’s fun to incorporate faces into journaling and one of the things I talk about in my book and workshops is about the importance of adding a bit of yourself to your faces. A self portrait doesn’t have to look just like you to be a self portrait! Most of my portraits don’t look just like me but, if you look closely at my faces most of them have a bit of a bump on their noses. This is one of the ways I like to add a bit of myself to my work. The bump on my nose bothered me a lot when I was a teenager but its something I’ve come to embrace as an artist.

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Sample ‘Selfies’ in shades of gray (notice they all look a little different but I used the same photo reference for each of them!)

You can often find self love through your art and especially when doing portraits you can learn to love the things about your face that make it different from everyone else’s. I encourage you to embrace your face in this exercise! And it is just that, an exercise, let go of trying to make a pretty face and instead focus on creating an interesting face.

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The ‘Mapping Your Selfie’ demo in my book is on page 31 (My book doesn’t come spiral bound, I had that done at Staples for under $5) We are going to be working in Shades of Gray or a Grisaille painting style. In this way we can learn about tonal values, lights and darks as well as facial proportions. This comes in very handy when you add color into the mix and is an important foundation for painting faces.

SUPPLIES

Gesso

Firm Flat Colour Shaper tool or similar scraping type tool

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6B pencil (I prefer woodless graphite)

Bone folder tool or something to burnish with

Black and white copy of a selfie from your phone

Paint brush(es) I like #8 Filberts or similar medium stiff bristled brush

Fluid Sheer Matt Acrylics, Pam Carriker in White Washed and Barely Black

Mixing palette

Water container

Black masking tape (or other type)

Assorted journaling pens

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Prep page with a ‘skim coat’ of gesso, scraping most of it back off. Let dry.

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Use a 6B (soft lead) pencil to draw a Face Map on top of the copy of your selfie. You can find complete instructions on mapping a face in my book Mixed Media Portraits with Pam Carriker but for this exercise you will want to draw a circle to represent the head mass (this will begin at the top of the head and end below the nose) Then add an oval to represent the basic plane of the face (this will go from the top of the head to the chin) next add a horizontal midline, vertical lines where the eyes, bottom of nose, and mouth midline are and vertical lines from pupil to the corner of the mouth. I added a circle where the ball of the nose is and you can add a few lines to the mouth and eyes if you like.

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Next flip your face map over onto your journal page and burnish the back with a bone folder tool to transfer the graphite lines.

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Tape the face map to the left page of your journal to use as a reference. Use the 6B pencil to roughly sketch in some details and add graphic to shaded areas, using the lighting in the photo to guide you. Don’t get overly caught up in making things perfect. This is a rough sketch to lay down some graphite.

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Put some white and black paint (I’m using my line of Fluid Matt Sheer Acrylics in White Washed and Barely Black) onto a palette. NOTE: my paints are very fluid and have a bit of an extended dry time so depending on what paints you use your results will vary. If you are using a more heavy bodied acrylic paint, add some water and some glazing medium to it.  Using only white add some paint to the areas that are the lightest in your photograph. Being to blend the white paint into the graphite on the lightest side of the face creating tones or shades of gray. The graphite will easily mix with the white paint because it is laying on top of the gesso.

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Continue blending white paint into the darker side of the face, mix it right into the graphite and rinsing your brush as needed to keep from making everything the same value or shade of gray.

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Add a bit of black to the white on the palette and add even more tones, or shades of gray to the portrait, extending into the background around the face. Pay more attention to the ‘areas’ of tones than to a line around the face shape, use the photo for a reference.

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Add white paint into the black areas in the background and blend.

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You can add bits of white to create hair as well.

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Use pencil as needed to define face details a bit.

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When finished painting you can add journaling notes (I noted the process and supplies used) to the lefthand page.

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This is a fast way to create a self portrait in your journal. Remember it doesn’t have to look like you to be a self portrait, whatever it looks like it will have some of you shining through!

Here is a video tutorial of the process

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Close up of the ‘selfie’ I did in the video

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For more information about my book go HERE
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AND TO CELEBRATE CREATING PORTRAITS I’LL BE DRAWING TWO NAMES FROM THE COMMENTS LEFT ON THIS POST TO WIN A SIGNED COPY OF MY NEW BOOK, MIXED MEDIA PORTRAITS WITH PAM CARRIKER!!!

Drawing will take place Friday, September 4th

Thermofax Screen Printing Essentials for Fabric, Paper, & Mixed Media

CONGRATULATIONS JEAN HAWKINS ON WINNING THE DRAWING FOR MY BOOK AND ORIGINAL PIECE OF ARTWORK FROM IT!!!

Thermofax Screen Printing Essentials for Fabric, Paper, & Mixed Media is a new DVD from Lynn Krawczyk and it is full of fun projects and information about Thermofax printing!

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Learn the facts about Thermofax screen printing from Lynn Krawczyk!

Looking for an easy way to integrate screen printing into your artwork? Discover Thermofax® screen printing, an accessible and easy surface design technique. Artist, fabric designer, and author Lynn Krawczyk shares everything you need to know in the Quilting Arts Workshop video Thermofax Screen Printing Essentials For Fabric, Paper, & Mixed-Media. First, learn how to create and modify artwork for burning onto screens. Next, Lynn shares tips for using the screens on different surfaces using a variety of products, including fabric paint, thickened dye, discharge agents, and more. Lynn expands this process from simply printing an image on fabric to creating sophisticated texture, layered color, and interesting depth on many different substrates. This is a must-have technique video for surface design enthusiasts.

 

I now have a Thermofax machine and I use the screens mostly for printing on paper substrates and I included a project in my book, Mixed Media Portraits that uses Thermofax screens, but before I did I met Lynn online and ordered screens directly from her. I love that I could send my own designs to her and have custom screens printed! It’s so fun to incorporate Thermofax printing right into your own artwork.

Here are some pieces I’ve done using screens.

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Journal page using Liquid Pencil Sketching Ink to pull a print

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Collaboration with Mary Beth Shaw for one of our workshops

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Mixed media collage with Thermofax prints

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Using multiple colors with multiple screens

Lynn goes way beyond using paper substrates in the video, really something for anyone interested in this type of surface design, covering a wide range of substrates and mediums to use with Thermofax screens as well as information about making the screens themselves. I learned a lot and I own a machine! I think you will love exploring the Thermofax and this DVD is the way to go. And Lynn is going to be giving away Two Thermofax Screens and Three DVD’s on her blog so be sure to stop there to enter!!!

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I’m hosting a little giveaway here in honor of the Thermofax and will be drawing a name from the comments to give away a copy of my book and the piece of original art from my Thermofax project in the book!!!

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Check out the other Blog Hop Participants!!!

Monday August 17 – Maddie Kertay
Tuesday August 18 – Lisa Chin
Wednesday August 19 – Briana Goetzen
Thursday August 20 – Dawn DeVries Sokol
Friday August 21 – Pokey Bolton
Saturday August 22 – Pam Carriker
Sunday August 23 – Lynn

Winners Announced!!!

Congratulations to Denise Spillane, Ajae McCain and Patricia Upshaw on winning a DVD! Please email me your shipping info at pamcarriker@gmail.com and I’ll get them in the mail to you!!!

I appreciate all of the comments left and hope that you’ll consider getting my DVD’s. I also wanted to let you know that they also each have an optional PDF download that you can purchase. This is great to have by you at your art table after you’ve watched the DVD so you can follow along while you create!

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CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS Denise Spillane, Ajae McCain and Patricia Upshaw!!!

I’m thrilled to have been asked to write a couple of articles for a brand new publication all about my favorite subject matter! I’m eagerly awaiting my hard copy of this magazine, but already downloaded it because I couldn’t wait! Also stay tuned for some cool extras that will be coming along with this issue! Be sure to read all the way through this post to find out about a special GIVEAWAY that I’m offering!!!


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From the Editorial Director: “I am thrilled to let you know about our newest special publication: FACES: Creating Mixed-Media Portraits is for all of you who love drawing faces—or who want to learn how. This issue is loaded with projects on drawing and painting portraits, plus creating portraits in collage, stitch, and even assemblage! Download the digital copy today: bit.ly/FacesDigital, and pre-order the print issue, due out August 18th: Check back soon for some fun related giveaways!” ~ Jeannine Stein

 

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Discover a wealth of information and instruction for creating mixed-media faces!
From the editors of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine comes the premiere special issue magazine dedicated to mixed-media portrait art: Faces.

Inside this issue, you’ll find:

15 projects for artists of all skill levels
Techniques and tips for making features pop
Instruction for drawing expressive characters
And much more!

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Some of my artwork from this issue.

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You can get all of the stencils used at Stencil Girl Products

I also have some new DVD’s that go along really well with the types of techniques I share in the magazine. You can find out more about them by clicking on the images below.

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And to celebrate I’ll be giving away three of my new DVD’s to three of the commenters on this post!!! So be sure to leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing. I’ll be drawing names next Monday, August 15th

Book Giveaway!

Yesterday I did an amazon giveaway of 5 copies of my latest book and it was over in less than 5 minutes! Crazy!! So to give more people a chance to win a copy, I’ve set up the parameters a bit differently and I’m giving an additional 4 copies away today. All you have to do is click HERE to enter the giveaway! If you win you’ll know right away and amazon will ship your book directly to you! If you don’t win I hope you’ll consider purchasing it anyway and that you’ll join my Facebook Group where you can share and find continued portrait inspiration!

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I will also be teaching Mixed Media Portraits at a select few places in 2016. I’ve reduced my away teaching schedule to accommodate family life so if you’re interested in a live portrait class be sure to check out my Teaching Schedule for updated information, I will be adding a couple more venues that are in the works soon.

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Seth Apter Stamps!!!

When my friend Seth Apter asked if he could send me a couple of stamps from his new stamp line with Impression Obsession  to try out I of course said YES!!!

They do not disappoint! The thing that I love about Seth’s stamps and stencils are that they can be used ‘in’ work. They don’t have to be the final image but can be incorporated mixed media style right into your journal page or artwork. They add structure, line and shape, building blocks for creating.

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Here is a journal spread I did using two of his new stamps, “Net Work’ and “Inter Net”. Love those names too!!

 

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Be sure to visit Seth’s BLOG for even more details and to see the whole line of stamps! And check out the links below to see more creations using his new stamps!!
Mary Beth Shaw
Marjie Kemper
Linda Cain 
Brian Kasstle
Kim Henkel 

This Is It!

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A little sneak peek at some of what I’ll be teaching August 1-2 at Donna Downey’s Studio in Charlotte, NC. Because I have reduced my 2015 teaching schedule, this is the ONLY workshop I’m teaching this summer and the ONLY portrait workshop I’m teaching this year! My only other upcoming 2015 workshop is now full so if you are interested I hope you’ll consider joining me for a all inclusive, fun and inspiring weekend!