Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Map art using Artistcellar stencils

I decided to do a little map art today using Jane Davenport's face stencils again.  I looked through my Job Lot 2008 one dollar map book and there is a town in Massachusetts called "Holland".  That is my daughter's name so the face looks a bit like her.  Here is the finished face followed by a short tutorial in the event that you'd like to try your hand at it.


When I do map art the first thing I do is choose the map I want to use.  Next I put the stencil down and then outline the features with a pencil.  I draw the neck and shoulders after the face is sketched into place.



 I find that the eyes turn out better if I leave the stencil in place and start placing the eyes and pupils within the stencil.  You can always adjust the features later.


After that I start putting the hair around the face using pencils, Pan Pastels and colored pens.  She looked like she needed bangs so I cut some twigs out using a Sizzix die using the same map paper.




I continue to adjust the colors on the face and hair using Pan Pastels and white gesso.




Instead of just bangs I added another layer of paper twigs going the opposite direction to form a crown like appearance.




Then I cut a flower out of some additional map paper using Tim Holtz's Tattered Florals die.  I glued that to her head to mimic a crown with a spring flower popped into it.  I used another stencil called Bodacious Pods, also made by Artistcellar,  to make it look like she is wearing a white lace dress.  I used my palette knife to spread a small amount of white gesso through the stencil randomly on the upper body.


I love doing map art, next time I am going to do a similar face but turn it into a personal life experience map.  Doesn't that sound like fun?  Thanks so much for stopping by today, please leave a comment if you have time.  In the meantime, take care, talk to you soon. ~ Hugs~ Renee

12 comments:

  1. BEAUTIFUL! I loved watching your process. I'll be watching here to learn what a personal life experience map might look like.

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  2. Yowza..gorgeous. map background is great.

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  3. Love the map background! These are wonderful!

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  4. Clever - I love maps & like what you are doing

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  5. Renee, You are so very versatile in your art- I love it! I love following your tutorials and learning new things from you!
    This piece is fabulous! I truly love it!! and I have to tell you , I love your daughter's name- Holland is wonderful!
    Such a beautiful portrait- so glad you shared! xoxo

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  6. I love it! I love map art and Holland is gorgeous-not as beautiful as your daughter, though~

    So fun Renee! I so want to try this~

    Thank you for sharing your process!

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  7. This is very striking, Renee, especially with the lace dress and headpiece! I haven't tried this yet, but you have inspired me to try "mapping" my art!

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  8. Very lovely Renee!!! And seeing the different steps is great too... love this. :) Thanks also for your last comment on my altered Steampunk box, you're right I will cherish it! Bises

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  9. I love your art work! Thank you for sharing your process.

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  10. Oh my giidy aunt looove it!! xxx

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  11. Love this map art concept. Can't wait to see your personal map. Thanks for sharing her she is just gorgeous :)

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