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C209 - Simply Stunning Faces

Nicole Austin
9:00 - 4:30
Sunday - June 2

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$ 150  

In this workshop, we’ll get down to basics on how to create quick, easy, yet stunning portraits in your art journal. I’ll show you how to create a simple background that will be the backdrop to your gorgeous portrait. We’ll create several faces using a variety of techniques that will be sure to make you LOVE creating faces--something we often shy away from! I’ll show you how I build up layers that are revealed and hidden in the portrait and how to tie the background together with the face. We'll also add some textures with stamps and texture tools to give your face character. Finally, we’ll embellish our faces with collage and words that are close to our hearts AND we’ll bring these beauties to life with simple shading and highlighting techniques.

Materials Fee & List of what is supplied: $20

*Kit includes: Collage pack of my favorite vintage, scrapbook, patterned and textured paper, Stabilo marks-all pencil
*Shared use of materials: acrylic paint, spray ink, oil pastels, oil paintsticks, texture tools, stamps, stencils, collage & tissue paper

Supplies Needed to bring for Class:
*Art Journal (I prefer a Canson XL mixed media or Strathmore mixed media journal in a 9"x12" or larger plus a smaller 5"x7")
*Shiva Oil Paintsticks (Titanium White and Yellow Ochre)
*Glue stick

Optional items:

You can also bring your own acrylic paint, spray inks, paint pens, stencils, stamps, etc, but I will have all of these items and more to share!

Most of the required supplies for your classes can be pre-ordered from Collage. They will be ready and waiting for you to pick up when you arrive at the retreat. For further info and to place your order, contact:

Maria Raleigh



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