Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Child's Play

There are some amazing artists that make art look like child's play but of course it's not.  It just is the style that they have developed using playful colors and images.  One of those phenomenal artists is Romero Britto.  While looking through a magazine some time ago I found an image that was so intriguing that I ripped out the ad and saved it for several years.  I happened upon this ad last week and was again so taken by the artwork that I researched the artist Romero Britto.  His art is reminiscent of Picasso and alive with color;  if you get a chance go check out his site.  This was my inspiration piece.  Isn't she a beauty?

I have used this to inspire me and a couple of stencils to fill in the gaps.  Here is my girl and a short tutorial showing how I made mine.

I started by trying to imitate the woman's image on a piece of white card stock.  I sketched it out and then painted it in with Dina Wakley's acrylic paints.  When the paint was dry I cut out the image.

 I went back with a black Gelato crayon to section off the colors.  I used Memento ink pens to touch up some of the other colors and outline the eyes.  Then I started preparing a background on water color paper to glue the image to.

I sprayed Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions in Vibrant Turquoise, Fresh Lime and Lemon Zest onto the paper and blotted off the excess ink.  Then I used Dyan's stamps with Black StazOn ink to stamp numbers and alphabet letters randomly.

To give the back ground needed texture I used the Artistcellar stencil called Pomegranate and some heavy gesso.  When the gesso was dry I glued the head onto the back ground paper.
When everything had dried I applied some black gelato to the stenciled part and removed the excess with a baby wipe.  Trying to add more interest I used Mod Podge to adhere Tim Holtz's Tissue Wrap paper called Melange to the neck and shoulder area.
I gave her the look of a summer lace dress with Artistcellar's map of Venice stencil and some gesso.

It is always fun to use an inspiration piece and put your own spin on it.  Stencils are a wonderful addition to any back ground to add texture and interest.

Thanks for stopping by today, I'll be back next Tuesday with more ideas on how to use your stencils.  I hope you are having a wonderful summer!
Hugs~ Renee


  1. This artist is new to me so thank you for bringing this artist to my attention.
    Renee, I am blown-away with your "take" on Romero's beauty.

  2. Wonderful Renee- each time I look at her, I discover a new part or texture! Excellent!!
    I too will check out this artist as I am not familiar with him- thank you for broadening my horizons! xx

  3. Fantastic idea and make!!! ~:o)

  4. How very amazing, Renee! Love what you have created from the inspiration drawn from Romero's piece. The detail in your work surpasses his, I believe! Great use of stencils, too, for your background. Love your work, my friend!

  5. How fabulous! I love that you saved an item that inspired and went and created your own~ She is a looker!

  6. This is a fabulous project Renee, and I love your take on Romero's initial image. You did a beautiful job on this and I loved seeing the step by step to the final outcome.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  7. I have loved Romero's art for quite some years and have some books on him. I love how you interpreted this face ! You have made her beautiful !
    Corrie x