Hello, Olga Siedlecka here. I feel more than honoured to be here and I’m so exited to share with you my first project prepared as a Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® guest designer. I’m a addicted to a joined smell of coffee, cookies and a fresh magazine. I always cherish such moments of relaxation as a sheer pleasure. Moreover, I usually find flicking through fashion pages very inspiring. I also look upon each and every color magazine as if it were first and foremost my source of illustrations and texts to be used afterwards. This time I decided to the mixed media portrait using wonderful Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® media.
Find an interesting portrait in a fashion magazine and cut the silhouette out. Trim the photo and adhere with Gel Medium to a canvas panel. Paint the photo with a light coat of Gesso using a brush not to cover facial features. Apply a thick coat of Whipped Spackle on the rest of the panel using a palette knife which gives a more dimensional effect. According to Mix&Match concept, both Gesso and Whipped Spackle create a nice surface for other media to follow. Let it dry.
Alter the portrait with PITT® Pastel Pencils. My colours of choice are these from blue/green set. They work perfectly together and don’t produce any dust despite wonderful blending opportunities. Tint the model’s clothes and hair, then trace the silhoutte with contrasting vivid colours. Add shadows and highlights to obtain some depth.
Stand out the photo by tracing it edges with Gelatos® Colors and then smudging them with a finger. Enhance the model’s eyes, lips and cheeks with delicate touches.
Add some details like eyelshes or freckles with the finest nib of PITT® Artist Pens. The bold nib is perfect to ink stamps so feel free to arrange some background stamping.
Add a little bit of vibrant colours and spots by sprinkling the background with mists prepared from watered Gelatos® Colors. Use a stipple brush for creating more speckled effect. Be carful not to overtint the photo. You may also add some embllishments or journaling.
I hope you may feel a bit inspired. Have a nice day!
PITT® Pastel Pencils 1122
PITT® Artist Pens 199
Gelatos® Colors Snow Cone, Acqua Dolce, Watermelon
Gesso, Gel Medium, Whipped Spackle
Pallette knife, Stipple Brush