Start To Finish – bonded by history

Start To Finish Blog Series

Start To Finish is an ongoing series in which I share the progress on a painting from start to finish and I tell you what I did in each step. Please drop me a line or a comment if you decide to follow along and don’t mind sharing, as I’d love to see! Click here to view all posts in this series.

When I was having dinner with my friend Ed the other day, he was talking about his school days and said he and his friends from that time in his life were ‘bonded by history’. I promptly got out my phone, apologised for being anti-social, and made a note of that phrase as it spoke to me so much! I knew I wanted to create a painting that incorporated that quote.

I’ve created a few paintings lately in a grungy/shabby style and have been dying to share with you all the progress on one of these paintings! A quick note: on the other paintings in this style I did the background first and then painted the figure on top. In this one I drew the girls first and created the background around it. This makes the sketching easier, but in hindsight I actually prefer the first method because everything is integrated better. Ah well, live and learn! Either technique has its pros and cons, you just have to find what works best for you.

Bonded By History - mixed media on canvas board, WIP - © 2014 Iris Fritschi-Cussens I sketched two cute girlies on my canvas board (8×8).

Bonded By History - mixed media on canvas board, WIP - © 2014 Iris Fritschi-Cussens Adding colour to the faces and hair with Caran d’Ache watersoluble crayons. The irises in the eyes are done with sparkly Stewart Gill fabric paints.

Bonded By History - mixed media on canvas board, WIP - © 2014 Iris Fritschi-Cussens I cut this shapes of the dresses out of paper and put alternate stripes of washi tape on them.

Bonded By History - mixed media on canvas board, WIP - © 2014 Iris Fritschi-Cussens Added some grunge to the dresses with walnut ink spray and brown acrylic glaze. Adding background elements by using Tim Holtz distress stains, metallic paints and more glazes of brown and off-white acrylic paint.

Bonded By History - mixed media on canvas board, WIP - © 2014 Iris Fritschi-Cussens Added some brighter geometric elements to the background with stencils.

Bonded By History - mixed media on canvas board - © 2014 Iris Fritschi-Cussens For the final steps I muted the background elements by adding more glazes and metallic paint. I added lace ribbon sprayed with walnut ink around the border and finally I stamped the words in the middle.

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