First I drew a portait of my youngest daughter (in graphite and in black paint) directly on the canvas. I used this picture...
...and created this with a little help of Photoshop:
I collaged a layer of pieces of magazines and books.
The next step was to apply the paint, which I did with a paletknife (first time...) and I added some texture with background stamps.
I applied another layer of paint. This time with a brush! I also stamped with some bubblewrap and used sequinwaste as a stencil. I painted her hair too.
Better, but still...not completely satisfied....
More layers of paint followed, a lot of frowning (what should I do???), I worked on the eyes some more...Added some touches of my own, like lettering!
Anyway, this is the final result:
I love the painting but I'm a little bit dissappointed that it doesn't really look like my daughter any longer. When I drew her portrait in graphite (sorry, no picture..) I loved it for a 100%, but after lots of layers of paint now, I lost some of the important details in her face.
Anyway, art journaling and mixed media is all about experimenting. Trying new styles, new tools, new techniques...I'm very happy that I finished this big piece of art instead of throwing it in a corner because I didn't like it. I'm proud of myself that I went on and kept on adding layers untill I was finished. And I learned a lot: I learned that I love to work on a big canvas, but also that I love to work in detail instead of 'messy spots of paint'. When I worked with these new colors of paint, I noticed that they blend very nicely into more beautiful rainbow colors. I love the collage underneath all the paint but I also learned that I have to use less paint next time...because the collage is nearly visible now...
In case you are wondering where the painting will end up now it is finished: my husband loves it very much and wants to hang it in his office. My first 'out of the house' art is a fact now!