Saturday, November 7, 2015

Inspiration - Pick a Decade - Artful Journeys Week #45

It has definitely been a while since my last blog post! I have been leaving the Journal prompts to be posted on the Artful Chicks blog, so if you would like to see some of the past weekly and pop-up prompts go over to Artful Chicks to check them out !

This weeks Prompt is Pick a decade! I kind of got an awesome 2-fer out of this one because I also played with a new medium, Chalk pastels.


How awesome are these things!!!
I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful set of handmade chalk Pastels gifted to me by the main admin and a dear sweet friend whom I love and adore, in the Artful Journeys Betty ( AKA Arty Auntie.)







I was so excited to try them out that I decided to put the time to good use and play with them for my prompt this week! For my paper I used Canson Mi-Teintes 98 lbs Pastel Paper and I used no tools other than my fingers for smudging.

This is the 1st ineteration of my flapper girl, but the more I looked at her the more I saw there wasn't any real contrast.




















 So I went back in and added more depth into her face, hair and the scarf on her head, even after adding more highlights and shadows she still seemed so bland, so I changed up the background using the color form her eyes to add some pop.When I was satisfied with the look I did an even coat of Aqua-net Hairspray since I am out of workable fixative. SO I would have the pastels rubbing off in my journal.























 I found an awesome quote from F.Scott Fitzgerald's Gatsby Girls that totally fit the attitude on my girls face and wrote it using my Prismacolor Chisel tip and brush tip pens in black.






















I thought it needed a bit of sparkle so I went in with my Martha Stewart Glitter glues in Sugar Cube, Hematite and Candy Apple to add some sparkly details.





I then tipped the original girl into my junk journal with washi tape and Golden Matte medium for extra hold.


I hope you enjoyed my process overview! and please let me know is you have any questions that I didn't address. For your convenience I have added a link for every product mentioned throughout.


Big Hugs and Mushy Stuff!!
Shana Banana







4 comments:

Arty Auntie said...

Shana, this is totally awesome!!!She turned out beautifully and i am thrilled you are enjoying and playing with the Yarka pastels. Bigs hugs and mushy stuff back 'atcha!

Ann Killam said...

Love it. Great inspiration. You make using the pastels so easy. Going to have to give it a go.

Kathryn S said...

This is beautiful Shana! The 20s are probably my favourite decade as well (not that I remember them!). I enjoy the pan pastels and this is inspiring me to go dig them out!

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I'd like to agree with others that this work is entirely awesome. It has even its own aura of those years)