Friday, 12 January 2018

The world is full of magic things

Hello friends, - today I have another journal spread to share, this time nothing to do with Lifebook 2018. I started this weeks ago in my Jane Davenport journal, and finally got round to finishing it.
The background was created first, using a mix of collage, acrylic and watercolour paints. I then added the girl with the help of water soluable crayons, Tombow markers and Prisma colour pencils, plus some Stabilo all pencil and marker pen to add more detail.
The face turned out quite patchy, because of having done the background first. I also really need to get some flesh coloured acrylic paint.....

I added a hand lettered quote that I found on Pinterest I think. I love the thought behind it, trying to paint portraits certainly make you look more closely at faces, and the human face, particularly the eyes, always fill me with wonder.
Here is a close-up of the background. After having completed the face I added some stamping and stencilling.
A little tiara on her hair and a scrap of a paper napkin, finished it all off.

Well that's it for today. I will probably be back with a few more Lifebook creations in a few days time.
I will add this piece to the lovely ladies at AJJ  again
Meanwhile, thanks for your visit like always.


Bev. Wilson said...

Lovely, Astrid ! :)

My name is Erika. said...

She is not only magic but surely powerful too. That expression on her face says she is a girl who knows what she wants and how to get it. :) Hugs-Erika

Kate said...

What a beautiful journal spread! I love her face and I don't see any patches. Looks amazing and ethereal.

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful journal pages, she looks so sweet. Hugs, Valerie

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Astrid I am really loving these portrait projects you are showing, you are making me want to share my very own creations but I have never been as brave to show my portraits from scratch, Tams course really is making you sparkle even brighter! Keep them coming lovely lady .. Hugs Tracey x

chrissie said...

Another wonderful spread with such beauty and style. Love the quote you found as well

Have a great weekend

Love Chrissie xx

brenda said...

More stunning pages Astrid, such talent and inspiration.

B x

maj. said...

Astrid, this is absolutely beautiful!!!

Meggymay said...

This is a very beautiful painting. She had a wonderful aura of calm and serenity.
You seem to be really enjoying this course.
Yvonne xx
I replied to your question and yes I mainly keep the end digital pages in a file on my computer.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

She turned out so beautiful . Serene and calm and the quote is great - what a fab spread Astrid!You also got a beautiful heardress- I always struggle with the hair in my portraits. Ready mixed acrylic fleshtones come handy for sure - I buy mine at the Euro Shop for just 1 € a tube and they do a very good job - make it darker with a hint of raw umber or even lighter with a bit of white. I am much too lazy to mix my own fleshtones I have to admit. I always use too much acriylc paint when it comes to mixing my own colours. Thank you very much for joining us again at Art Journal Journey - you really mad me happy - what a pleasure to have you with us
Wishing a nice weekend to you!

Patty O'Malley said...


craftytrog said...

Such a beautiful page Astrid!
Alison xxx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

If only I could draw and sketch like you. Even the shading is beautiful. This is simply a perfect face, and wonderful entry you shared with us today at Art Journal Journey.

Dorthe said...

Such a lovely face, and " the eyes are the mirror to the soul" which is so obvious here, love her dreamy eyes , also the background is amazing Astrid.
Weekend hug from Dorthe, xx

Hazel Agnew said...

Beautiful pages Astrid and a hauntingly beautiful face that you have created. Love the added patterns around her which highlight her beauty. Xx

Deb Riddell ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

She is beautiful Astrid, I admire your ability to draw such beautiful faces and surround them with such lovely textures and colours! My abilities are limited to stick people I'm afraid so will live the artistic life vicariously through your beautiful art. Deb xo

Let's Art Journal said...

Your pages are beautiful! The collaged background with the paints is amazing and your girl is so pretty 😁. Her eyes are magical and I love the headdress and flowers that you added too! I'm loving your new mixed media paintings, it looks like you are having so much fun 😁. Wishing you a happy weekend! J 😊

Redanne said...

She really is beautiful Astrid, her eyes really are wonderful. Your drawing is superb and you managed to create some mystery with her. Hugs, Anne xx

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Jackie P Neal said...

So lovely Astrid!
Doesn't it feel good to stretch your wings and work on something outside your comfort zone?
as always, i love your backgrounds, so much interest and color- Love!
Jackie xo

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fantastic Astrid, adore your colouring and shading and your drawing is brilliant. Tracy. X

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pearshapedcrafting said...

Oh My! I love how you got that expression and the look in her eyes! Fabulous! Chrisx

Sharon Fritchman said...

Astrid, your pages are absolutely beautiful! Your girl looks so pretty! And I just love the sentiment you used here, too! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us! HUGS, Sharon

butterfly said...

Oh yes - the underlying texture adds so much to the beauty of your portrait page spread... it gives depth and detail to enhance your gorgeous painting. Lovely work!
Alison x

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