Friday, February 17, 2012

How to Make a Better Mouse Trapper

I wanted to show a step by step of how I painted
the postcard for the latest installment of Hoardica's travels.

I traced a photo (because I do not have the luxury of time)
and transfered the drawing onto a vintage newspaper want ad I glued down on cardboard with Mod Podge.  I blocked in the large white areas with gesso.

Then manic inspiration possessed me
and I had completed the painting with black guache
(refined version of poster paint),
more gesso and a little graphite pencil for details;
forgetting to stop and photograph my progress.
(It felt good to know that I could still paint,
since I don't use those skills much.)
Still, you can see that I painted right on top of newsprint,
allowing some of it to show through for the color of the collar
and the dog's "eyebrows".

Now go visit Hoardica to see what this little guy has to do with mice and Wales.


Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I love Hordica...he is a champion. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Yvonne said...

Wonderfully done!

Suz said...

i just love this little guy!

Linda said...

This is frame worthy!

carole brungar said...

OMG!! You are so talented! Probably took you all of 2 mins to do, Nathalie, why aren't you selling these prints? Bet they'd make you a small fortune! x I want an original 'Nathalie' on newsprint for my birthday thank you!!
I totally agree with Linda, it's good enough to frame!!

~*~Patty S said...

ditto what Carole said...can you make mine a swan :)

wonderful and you make it sound easy hah!

Anonymous said...

Yeah...what Linda said! He is adorable!!

Anonymous said...

That's talent coupled with an awesome imagination joined by love of what you do. And you do it so well. Very nice.