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thoughtful fairies [Sep. 18th, 2002|03:23 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
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[music |"Hamtaro" ending theme song on TV]

here are the paintings i did yesterday - they are all acrylic paints on watercolour paper. they have kind of a "cartoonish" look to them - since they are all kind of similar i am going to consider it the start of a new series - the "Thoughtful Fairies".

i'll try to do some more painting before i go over to Kachina's house for D&D. i was going to work on my character sheets, but for some reason i can't get into it right now.

[User Picture]From: shyfayrie
2002-09-18 05:00 pm (UTC)
I Love your new paintings!!! They are so beautiful!! I especaily like the greens on the green one!!
I have a weird question. How do you make the peach skin color with acrylics? Everytime I try the come out too pink or too orange, or even too yellow. Also, what colors do you add to make the highlights and shadows on the skin tones? I know youre never suposed to add black to things, but I always do anyways. Thats problably why they always turn out so crappy. And thats why my pictures, the acrylic ones, usualy have green skin ones or white.
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From: ariaelf
2002-09-18 05:43 pm (UTC)


Hi! You don't know me, but my name is Elizabeth Alexandra, Ariaelf on livejournal, Artgrrrl! on ebay, and I am also an artist who sells fantasy work on ebay like Jas. Of course, I'm not nearly as good as jas after all those yrs of practice, and working exclusively as an artist, and acrylics and other types of painting hate me (i do drawings) however I did have a suggestion for your skin tone question. Add more white. If you have something too orange or too pink or too yellow, you just need to add a whooole bunch of white to it, and it will be a light pink or light peach or a light yellow (then add just a touch of red with all that white) which are passable skin tone colors. White is very very importaint. None of the colors from the tube are comon, they look unnatural because they are so dark and saturated. As far as adding black, you really shouldn't have to (though you can if you really want) because like I said, the stuff out of the tube is so dark and saturated anyway, its the peak of what is seen in nature. But like if you wanted a really dark red, and just had the bright flaming out of the tube red, you can add some black to make it darker, it wont kill your painting like ppl say.

Just thought I could help!

Ps. Is that you in your lj pic? if so, the rest of you must be addorable. You have the cutest tori amos color hair and fairy nose =)

Pps. Oh! I've been working on my website a bit (beams proudly) and if you'd like to see some of my stuff (i've got the gallery work up) check out www.geocities.com/eastudioart =)


Ariaelf/Elizabeth A.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2002-09-19 10:38 am (UTC)
i use the little bottles of liquid acrylic paints they sell for crafts at Michael's or Hobby Lobby or places like that. they usually only run about 50cents or $1 a bottle, and (as far as i can tell) they are just as good as the "artist's grade" acrylics that come in tubes and cost so much more. they also come in tons of great colours - i have several peach and beiges that i often use for skintones ("Apple Barrel" craft paints actually still have a peach colour called "Fleshtone" - lol, how un-politically correct!). for these particular paintings though i mostly mixed up a bunch of brown, yellow, white and violet shades to get the base for the skintone, with white & pink for the highlights. i generally paint the whole body one flat base colour and then do very watery layers (sometimes dozens of them) of the accent colours to build the tone up or down. the shadows were blue, black or violet mixed in with the skintone colour. i know that you are not supposed to ever use black as a mixer, but i do it all the damn time =)
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From: ariaelf
2002-09-18 05:38 pm (UTC)


Oh wow, those are really pretty. I bet all of your fans will be scampering for those =) I know I will make some bids, especially on that 2nd one! Oohh love the green.

Hey-(about your last post) i didn't know you were really blonde. *points and laughs* just kidding =) Blonde is such a rare color to have naturally, you should try wearing "yourself" sometime =) I figured the jet black probobly was dye (have you heard that song black #1 by type 0 negative? haha thats the best song...) but I thought that maybe you were a brunette.I have never been a true blonde but sadly the houston sun has been bleaching the top of my head blonde lately. Since I work a lot outside, and at work my hair is in a ponytail, you can only tell it has huge blonde streaks when it's in the ponytail...otherwise it just looks like I have a little bit of blonde around the edges of the face, and the rest is hidden when my hair is down. But I need to dye my light brown hair back to a dark auburn w/ reddish highlights. It looked really good that way, I'm just so lazy =)

Talk to ya later, gotta make an lj post =) Put up a bunch of art today though, yay!

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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2002-09-19 10:48 am (UTC)


thanks for the compliments on the pictures! i've got two more in the same series now too, i'll stick 'em all up on eBay tonight.

yep, i've got naturally light blonde hair, and blue eyes. i change my eyes all the time with contacts (i like to get special effects ones like cat's eyes and stars and stuff). i kept my hair blonde until i was 19 - i really don't enjoy having blonde hair that much. i have a very fair (fish-belly white, as my dad puts it) complexion, and i think having blonde hair makes me look too washed out and anaemic. my eyebrows and eyelashes are very dark naturally, and my hair just never seemed to fit with them. i have two sisters (Kachina is 11 months younger than me, and Amber is a year younger than her) look a great deal like me and everyone confused me with them at school - people can tell us apart better now! i've only cut my hair once (it's been 10 years now) so it's long enough to sit on now. if i ever did decided to let it all go blonde i'd be scared to bleach out the rest of it in fear that it would do some damage to it (i don't ever want to have to cut it again). i like having dark hair better anyway (though my dad would absolutely flip with happiness if he saw me blonde again!).
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From: ariaelf
2002-09-19 01:41 pm (UTC)


Thats neat =) Be yourself! =)
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From: (Anonymous)
2002-09-19 12:50 pm (UTC)
Hmm.. guess there's no better time to ask than now. I seriously do need to get an LJ so i'm not the weird anonymous user who always asks Jasmine questions :)

Anyway, I've been working with watercolor paper, the type that comes in a pad. I like the way it works with my acrylics... I was wondering though, what's the difference between watercolor paper and canvas paper?

I want to go out and buy bigger sized papers to paint on, and I was thinking of going with canvas paper, but I really don't know what the difference between the two is. Can anyone shed some light on this?
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2002-09-19 01:15 pm (UTC)
lol, you should sign up for LJ - i'll add you to my friends list! then maybe i'll know who you are ;)

there are two basic types of canvas paper out there - one type is a sturdy almost plasticlike paper that has been molded and pressed to have a canvas-like woven texture. the other type is actual sheets of canvas (the exact same stuff that is stretched on the wooden stretcher bars to make regular stretched artist's canvases) which has the same consistency of heavy cloth (like denim jeans) and can easily be rolled, and even can be bent without creasing. i like the second type better- it's very flexible. both types come in big pads like a sketchbook. i get the cloth canvas paper made by Fredrix - i buy 16"x20" tablets of 10 sheets for about $15-$20. both types are good to work with really, it just depends what your style is.

i use watercolour paper a lot for acrylics as well - i like the almost watercolour effect i can make using watered down paints.
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From: (Anonymous)
2002-09-19 01:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I should sign up for an LJ. I'll get a paid account as soon as I get my paypal account. I feel really out of place posting as anonymous... makes me feel like some stalker.

Thanks for the info, those sheets of canvas sound like something I'd like to try.
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