February 14, 2013
This image looks like Barbie-but it's actually the close up of a mannequin that may have been fashioned after the famous Barbie. I used the photo to create a stencil of which I drew the image onto a large sheet of watercolor paper. Once I had the image drawn, I had to decide which areas I wanted to remain white. The white areas are what set this whole process off and make it surreal. With a masking fluid, I painted out all the areas that were to remain white. Then the real fun began. Pouring watercolors! For years I have wanted to try this technique and I will again because I love it! It is Jean Grastorf's DVD: "Pouring Transparent Watercolor" that gave me the inspiration to try this technique. I struggled to find just the right image that would work and I am struggling to find another one, but this worked well enough for my purposes. After all, it was just an experiment. I did follow up with painting in some solid black areas, which made this whole thing pop as much as the white did. But, then I took a photo of the painting and ran it through,....that's right.....Apps! Just a couple this time and I am very pleased with this final effect. She's beautiful and needs to be framed.