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« on: August 13, 2009 06:26:57 PM »





(deep breath) Woo! That was a lot of picture taking. Lol. But here is the tute for the watercolor painting. It's very easy and very fun. I NEVER paint, and I could do it, so have no fear.Ok, heres what you need.

*Printer
*Black paint
*Assorted size painbrushes (be sure to get a teeny tiny one, you'll be glad you did!)
*Watercolor kit
*Regular paper, fancy painting paper, don't matta!
*Some good background music

I'm going to make a portrait of myself to give to my mom for her birthday.
Heres the picture of yours truely.  Grin



Ok so for the "stencil" you can make it real easy on yourself and use Photoshop and I think they have a magic stencil button. I have never used Photoshop (gasp, I know right) So I just used my computer's picture editor and took away all the saturation, then played around with the brightness, contrast and midtone. Mess around with your picture till you get something that looks like a stencil. I messed around with mine for quite a few minutes. Heres what I got and printed it out.



Now I took a piece of paper, put it on top, then taped both to my window to trace....and please....make sure it's daytime Grin



Your now going to take a pencil and trace around the parts that your going to paint black. And the parts on your picture that need shading, shade lightly with your pencil.



Ok not bad so far right? Your doing good. Now you'll see you have a weird looking version of your picture.



Your now ready to paint. Set up your little station. It helped me a lot to tape the original stencil up so I can glance at it to help me with the shading.



Take your bigger brush and start painting the big pieces. Be careful, don't rush, and pay attention. So you'll have something like this.



Take your medium and tiny brushes and fill in everything. Be neat, don't rush and sing a long to your tunes. Remain calm, it can get kinda frustrating with the tiny brush.

Halfway there...



Finished?.....awesome. Tongue
Now heres the hardest part in my opinion. The shading. Of course you don't have to add shading if you don't want to. The picture looks good either way. I used a small brush and dipped just the tip with paint. I then brushed it on a piece of scratch paper once, then LIGHTLY rubbed it on where I wanted shading. I recommend practicing on a piece of paper before you start, you'll see what I mean. So heres my picture finished and with my shading job. I decided not to paint my heart necklace, because in the stencil, it doesn't look like a heart anymore.



Get your big brushed rinsed well. The watercolor part is fun. Play around with colors. I like to add two to three on mine. My base color I chose blue. Oh remember though, don't get the paper too wet. Easy on the water you add to the watercolor paints.



I then added some green here and there. Hard to see in the picture I know.



Last but not least, I added a splash of yellow in three places to make it pop.


YAY!!!!! YOUR DONE! And be proud of your masterpiece. Let it dry and frame if you wish.

Here it is. I also made one of my sister along the way.Be proud of yourself, and please share if you make one.





Thank you for reading. I hope my directions were ok.  Huh



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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2009 06:36:31 PM »

this looks so awesome! your directions are great too. youre mom's going to be stoked!
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2009 06:40:07 PM »

this looks so awesome! your directions are great too. youre mom's going to be stoked!


Ah! Thank you so much Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2009 08:22:17 PM »

Those are really cool! What a terrific idea. If you did a series of them with different backgrounds, they'd be really Warhol-esque.
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« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2009 09:40:27 PM »

beautiful girls make beautiful pictures, obv!

great job Smiley Your mom'll love them, and I think I might steal your stencil ideas a bit (minus the water colour) since I have had no luck at making my own thus far...
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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2009 04:27:15 PM »

Those are really cool! What a terrific idea. If you did a series of them with different backgrounds, they'd be really Warhol-esque.

OMG I was already planning to do that sometime. I LOVE Warhol!
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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2009 02:39:16 PM »

Fabulous Cheesy

Just confirming, the black paint is acrylic, yes?
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« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2009 08:18:23 AM »

Not my post, obvs., but the first pic shows the black paint container and it says something like "Acrylique" on it. I think though, you could do it all with watercolor, but you'd have to paint your background first then paint the black part over.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2009 01:09:03 PM »

Not my post, obvs., but the first pic shows the black paint container and it says something like "Acrylique" on it. I think though, you could do it all with watercolor, but you'd have to paint your background first then paint the black part over.  Smiley

Actually, the text in the first pic is "Jurrassic Park"  Cheesy
But on second glance through the pictures, you are entirely correct -- thanks!!
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« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2009 01:58:34 PM »

oh, yes. well, one of the pics anyway.
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« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2009 09:51:07 AM »

Not my post, obvs., but the first pic shows the black paint container and it says something like "Acrylique" on it. I think though, you could do it all with watercolor, but you'd have to paint your background first then paint the black part over.  Smiley

Actually, the text in the first pic is "Jurrassic Park"  Cheesy
But on second glance through the pictures, you are entirely correct -- thanks!!




Lol yes it's acrylic. It's from my local dollar store actually. It says its water washable but get this, When I did the watercolor over it, it didn't smear one bit. Awesome. Cool

Yeah broken Jurassic Park makes a good cup for your brushes......that was a cool movie for it's time ,no?


Thank you to everyone who replied. I read and appreciated all of them.
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« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2009 09:39:53 PM »

This is great, and the tute is well done.  I'll be trying this as a Christmas gift for my son's grandma!  Cross your fingers for me...I may need it =P
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« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2009 12:10:21 PM »

This is great, and the tute is well done.  I'll be trying this as a Christmas gift for my son's grandma!  Cross your fingers for me...I may need it =P

Ok fingers crossed...but honestly, it's easier then it seems. And once you do it, you'll be going through photos wondering what else you can paint. lol. Share your finished product when your done. I'd love to see it.

Oh also I did a different version here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=319801.msg3684852#msg3684852 , that actually I like better. It makes the person pop out more. Check it out.
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« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2009 12:20:20 AM »

This is amazing. We did a very simular project at school this last spring, but it was so much more complicated. We had to hand draw using a grid system, and then apply rubber cement to parts we wished to keep white. (I recommend doing that though if you use a wash). Your method is much easier and so much faster. I'm gonna try one of my kids when I get an afternoon to myself. Thanks so much for sharing. Those are wonderful!
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« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2009 08:09:08 AM »

This is amazing. We did a very simular project at school this last spring, but it was so much more complicated. We had to hand draw using a grid system, and then apply rubber cement to parts we wished to keep white. (I recommend doing that though if you use a wash). Your method is much easier and so much faster. I'm gonna try one of my kids when I get an afternoon to myself. Thanks so much for sharing. Those are wonderful!

You know originally I wanted to do the rubber cement method. I love how it looks. But I was tight on money, so i came up with this. Thanks for the comment Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: September 26, 2009 03:11:22 PM »

Wow! Awesome job! You Rock For Sure! I cant wait to try this! Cant wait for more!
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« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2009 12:44:23 PM »

Wow! Awesome job! You Rock For Sure! I cant wait to try this! Cant wait for more!

Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! Grin
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« Reply #17 on: February 09, 2010 12:23:49 PM »

color me INSPIRED!!!   Grin and off I go!
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« Reply #18 on: August 20, 2010 03:55:07 AM »

First i do like the "painting" you did there is nothing to say against the trick you use. Only one things wich i don't like is the blue. I think it kinda ruined the picture, but that's just what i find :-)



Excuse my english, i'm still not really familiar to that language.  Embarrassed
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« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2011 03:11:12 PM »

This is so awesome! I soooo have to try this. I think I will *runs to try it out*
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« Reply #20 on: September 20, 2011 11:51:27 AM »

Ooh, I've done this before! I like experimenting with different colors, instead of black. My favorite so far has been white, purple, blue, and green Cheesy
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« Reply #21 on: September 23, 2011 11:18:56 AM »

Ooh, I've done this before! I like experimenting with different colors, instead of black. My favorite so far has been white, purple, blue, and green Cheesy

Thanks for commenting! The cool thing with these is that you can do sooo many different variations. So many choices!  Grin
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« Reply #22 on: September 24, 2011 07:53:55 PM »

Such a good idea and awesome directions. I love the contrast between the black and watercolor background.
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