“Fiona Knew Things” from “Imaginary People I Know”
Oil Pastel, gouache, watercolor on muslin 5 x 7 inches
I can’t seem to move past doing these faces! I am doing them now in a handmade muslin book that I won in a giveaway a couple of years ago. I was so afraid I would mess it up that I avoided working in it until I did “He Was His Mother’s Favorite,” (below) that got me started.
Now I’ve decided to fill the whole book with these imaginary faces and add some mixed media scraps, and titles, after I’m finished.
I think it will be a nice little book of strange people!
“The Boy Who Talked to Elves,” Imaginary People I Know – oil pastel, gouache on muslin 5 x 7 inches
A younger version of “The Lost Boy,” who is also in this muslin book. There is something really satisfying about working on muslin this way. Lynne Hoppe ( see my blogroll for her website) made the book and decided her sewing wasn’t right so she gave it away. Yay! – I won it and have saved it all this time. The muslin is tea-dyed first ( I think) and then each side of the muslin is gessoed and then lightly sanded so the pages are somewhat stiff. It’s almost like painting on loosely stretched canvas – but the muslin is a smoother surface, more sensitive to oil pastels. Sometimes watercolor will seep through the page – but this just makes it more interesting!
This is what the outside, back and front look like. I plan on painting both covers too.
This is what the inside pages look like before I paint on them.
“She Made Wands from Other People’s Wishes” from “Imaginary People I Know”
Oil pastel, gouache on muslin 5 x 7 inches