I've recently finished painting another wine bottle. This bottle is painted with another Aly's Room original. Like the one before it, I simply picked up the brush and started painting, designing it as I went. Like I stated before, this type of painting is liberating. Well, painting should feel liberating anyway. Most people think it is complicated but honestly, it so so simple! I can hear you thinking...."she must be crazy". For me, I see painting this way.
1) base coat. That simply means to fill in and block in the colors where they go, like coloring in a coloring book and staying in the lines. Easy so far...right?
2) shade. I usually shade around everything so it gives some dimension. Included in shading is also hi-lighting. Hi-lighting is usually done with a light color and scrubbed into an area with a "scruffy" brush. With hi-lighting, a little goes a long way. Incidentally, you can find videos on how to shade and hi-light that are informative and easy to follow.
3) add the details. This looks like the hard part but it's not. Details are things like lines on a scarf or eyes, nose and mouth on a snowman. Snowflakes or stasrs....; the finishing touches that give a painted piece some interest and bring it to life. Keep in mind that most of these things that are added will probably also be shaded or highlighted.
That's basically it. The greatest fear in painting is messing up and if you do, just paint over it. I have found that some of my mistakes have turned out to be an asset if I work them into the piece...but that part does come with some experience. Why not pick up a paint brush and give it a try. There are lots of great artist out there who sell easy to follow patterns.
I'm also in the process of painting a ginger gal on a wine bottle. I actually designed this one on paper and will be posting it once I have the copyright. I also have an ice skate that is waiting on my studio table for its turn to be to become a treasure. Oh to have the time to do it all!
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Till next time.