At one point during the creating of this page my 4 year old son said to me 'Has a rainbow been sick in your book Mummy?'. Oh how I laughed... and got the gesso out!
I posted this in Joanne Sharpe's facebook group for her book 'The Art of Whimsical Lettering' because I was so pleased with the way the quote came out (and my courage to put it on the page!) and several people asked questions so, in case you have the same ones, I'll leave my answers here too.
1. The butterflies in the background come from the original paper. I used a piece of beautiful butterfly wrapping paper when hand making the journal this piece is in. When I gesso'd it to add inks and paints I only did so thinly over the edge of the page so the butterflies are still peeking through.
2. The skin tone on the girl is created by mixing a tiny bit of watercolour (quinacrodone rust & quinacrodone rose) with gesso and then shading with prismacolor pencils.
3. The flowers in her hair were created with a modelling paste stencil (after all the background and face had been completed) which I then brushed diluted watercolour over the top of.
Do you use quotes from your favourite books in your work? Or have a favourite recipe for skin tones you'd like to share?