I was recently inspired by the work of Juliette Crane, a wonderful artist that paints an array of whimsical characters that just make me feel happy when I see them.
Side Note: Juliette has an upcoming online class called “Happy Painting – A Mini Course” that I’m excited be enrolled in. registration is now open and the class begins on April 27th. To find out more about Juliette, her work or her many classes, it can be found HERE.
So, as I said, having been inspired by Juliette’s whimsical characters and the ease with which she roughly sketches them out, I decided to give it a go myself. I call this piece/page “Dirty Girl”, because as the sentiment says, “A flower cannot grow without getting dirty.” Using a sponge brush, I roughly laid a base of Pebeo Studio Acrylics, which I love for their subtle iridescent properties.
Without even letting it really dry, because I’m impatient like that, I sketched everything out using a Stabilo Marks All. and just went to town working the paint and adding layers until it turned into something that I rather liked. I finished it off with a few stars sponged through a Tim Holtz stars stencil and called it a day.
This was definitely a departure from most of the mixed media art journaling I’ve been doing and I really enjoyed the process and the ease with which the process flowed for me.
I encourage you to check out Juliette Crane’s work and as always, thank you for following me on Art & Whimsy.