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June 23, 2010
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Jun 23, 2010, 1:35:53 AM
A Forest by SyntheticPlatypus A Forest by SyntheticPlatypus
"Make a Painting" was the next card that I drew.

I love this painting. It took absolutely forever though. When I draw a card I have to figure out what I'm going to do. I knew I wanted watercolor, but I didn't know of what.

After a few days I was doing laundry and hanging up my clothes. I love dresses and as I was hanging them up I noticed I had quite the collection and array of colors and patterns.

"How pretty this would be" I thought to myself. But how to approach it? I ordered the dresses in rainbow fashion (ROY G BIV) with brown, white, and black at the end. I then took several photos of close-ups.

After deciding which photo I would use, I printed it big and gridded it, I added a grid to my paper and then drew everything square by square by square. I erased my grid as I went so I wouldn't have to backtrack.

Then I very patiently started in on my white saver (a lovely liquid rubber that you paint on your paper that saves you from accidentally painting something you wanted to keep light or white) and then started in with the colors, layer by layer by layer. I really wanted to take my time and not rush myself.

I just did a little a day work-wise constantly moving around the paper to make sure I didn't bleed into already wet areas. When I felt like I would mess up if I went further I quit.

I borrowed some glitter from a friend who does crafting because the orange dress I own is glitter-riffic and I have noooo idea how I would have pulled that one off.

I'm very pleased with this piece and I think it's the one I've had the most enjoyable time making.

On to the next!
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WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
I can't tell you how much I've been ogling this since you've posted it. The variety of colors and patterns is just gorgeous. I can just stare at it and get lost.

The hard work that you put into this really shows too. Those little patterns and designs must have taken a careful hand and lots of concentration.

I really hope you frame this and put it up somewhere in your house! It deserves to be ogled.
SyntheticPlatypus Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
It's being ogled? Neat!

It was a crazy amount of work with no undo button...I wasn't having another house incident with this one.

It will be framed! I just need to figure out the color of matt.
WanderingKotka Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
It is! I can't explain how much I love it. I always get gleeful in fabric shops for the same reason. Colors! Everywhere!
celamowari Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Ha! When I read about the clothesline, I took another look and I totally recognize a couple of them. Neat!

I can see why this took so long. That's some really fine attention to detail and patterns you've incorporated into the painting. I like the composition, too. You can look at it as one whole piece, or as each individual piece. It just depends on the frame of reference of the viewer.
SyntheticPlatypus Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
well I honestly have a clothes line outside now, these dresses were in a closet :)

Yeah, it's fun to look at in different ways.

thanks for the fave.
celamowari Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
Ha, makes sense. :)

You're welcome. It came out really well!
Gunmetalblack Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
Very lovely work! :)
SyntheticPlatypus Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
thank you!
Gunmetalblack Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
You're very welcome! :)
SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Innovative, colorful and all around easy on the eyes.

Very avant-garde and cool!

Brilliant work, Sara. :)
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