A Spontaneous SMS tutorial

My sister has just started mixed media. She has always been a creative soul but like many of us has had to wait until the right door opened to be free enough to embrace her desire to do art.

This tutorial was a series of images and brief prompts I sent her one evening on sms.  I was painting and she was at her house contemplating how to start.

I hope you give it a try too! This is not an in depth tutorial, just a few brief notes to accompany the images. Use what you have, there is no need to use the same supplies I have used.  Enjoy the process …x



Start with a few fine stencils then add some acrylic paints in patches here and there. Use harmonious colours.

Add some Distress Oxide inks, just drip them on and smoosh them around a bit. Add a spray of water if you need to.



Add some pattern tissue with matte medium.



Use a photo reference and using gesso paint the shape of the face, neck and shoulders.



Draw in the main features with a Derwent Inktense pencil.



Use a wet brush to begin the shadows.




Now add a flesh colour and more shadow colour, working into the shadows.



Reinstate the linework with a coloured pencil.  I love Prismacolors!



Use Distress crayons and a blending tool to add colour to the cheeks and lips and blend the hard lines into the shadows.


Faber Castell Pitt pens add depth of colour and they are permanent.



White highlights with a Posca pen and a fountain pen with India ink for the darkest lines around eyes, nostrils and expression line of mouth.



Final touches to the face with highlights. Add collage elements and a quote.




I would love to see your finished artwork!



Here is my sister’s lovely lady…


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1 Comment

  1. Gerardine says:

    Wow, you’re sister must be very proud of her work. What a lovely process.

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