My First Commission & A Photo Walkthrough

A few weeks ago I got the nicest surprise, my cousin Victoria asked me if she could commission a painting from me! I was a bit nervous but also really excited and once I’d spoken to her about the subject matter and colour preferences I got straight to work. I documented the process with my iPhone as I was working, because I thought you might like to see how I create a painting from start to finish!

Victoria is a harpist and owns several herself. I loved working on this piece because I have such a connection with music too. She asked for pink and turquoise which was totally up my street as those are my favourite colours!

Play Your Joy WIP | @rrreow

01. Music stamp for the background using waterproof black ink (Ranger Archival)

Play Your Joy WIP | @rrreow

02. Gluing down a layer of book pages from a music encyclopedia with Mod Podge

Play Your Joy WIP | @rrreow

03. Starting to add some colour with Neocolor II crayons

Play Your Joy WIP | @rrreow

04. Adding more intense colour with Neocolor II crayons

Play Your Joy WIP | @rrreow

05. Drawing & painting the figure and harp (I think I got so into it at this point that I forgot to take pics of the sketch!)

Play Your Joy WIP | @rrreow

06. Working on little details in the eyes, face, dress & harp

Play Your Joy WIP | @rrreow

07. Adding little music notes by pushing modelling paste through a stencil

Play Your Joy WIP | @rrreow

08. Finishing up by creating more grungy effects, embossing the harp strings and adding stamped text

Play Your Joy | mixed media on 8x8" canvas board | @rrreow

09. All finished!

If you are interested in commissioning a painting, please contact me to discuss it!

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  1. Awww she’s lovely. Congrats on your first of many commissions! <3
    Stephanie Cant recently posted…Cars, cottage, collage, and colourMy Profile

    • Thanks Stephanie! I hope so too! Commissions are a bit nerve wrecking but also lots of fun and potential for big growth & learning.

  2. Great job Iris. So nice to see all the steps and a beautiful end result.

  3. Loved seeing your process. Thanks for sharing 🙂
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  4. Wow, that is amazing. I bet she is thrilled to bits with it, I know I would be. Thank you so much for showing the process, always a help to me finding this bit so difficult.
    Lynda recently posted…Too hot for art?My Profile

    • Glad you found it helpful Lynda! I too find it helpful seeing different stages of the painting process, you can really learn about how things were done then instead of it all remaining a mystery.

  5. So nice to see all the steps of the process. You really used lots of different techniques! The work is beautiful. Congrats with your first commission!

  6. It’s lovely seeing the process! I really like how you added the little music notes through the stencil with modelling paste. I think she’ll love it!
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