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My First Commission & A Photo Walkthrough

Play Your Joy | mixed media on 8x8" canvas board | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow

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 | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow

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

Play Your Joy WIP | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow

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

Play Your Joy WIP | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow

03. Starting to add some colour with Neocolor II crayons

Play Your Joy WIP | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow

04. Adding more intense colour with Neocolor II crayons

Play Your Joy WIP | www.iris-impressions.com @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 | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow

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

Play Your Joy WIP | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow

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

Play Your Joy WIP | www.iris-impressions.com @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 | www.iris-impressions.com @rrreow

09. All finished!

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

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10 thoughts on “My First Commission & A Photo Walkthrough”

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

  1. 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.

    • 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.

  2. 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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