I recently was inspired to get back into painting like I used to, but I needed a good excuse to sit and paint the day away. I can't just paint for painting sake. So I decided to create a painting for my dear friends Lindsay and Blake's daughter Lane (who was turning 1 the next week). Her room is being re-decorated to a woodland theme so I wanted to take the painting in that direction, obviously. I had also seen stacked paintings widespread lately and wanted to try my own take.
My favorite medium to paint in is watercolor...possibly because it is so forgiving and also very soft. You can make a mistake and it never looks like a mistake. I do miss painting in oils and acrylics, but I thought this was a good project to start.
Here's where I started....
I painted the back layer first (the easiest one). I only had to paint down to a certain level on the page since I knew it would be covered up by the next layer.
I never had a certain amount of layers in mind, but I just judged as I moved along. Here are the first 3 layers. Sky-Mountains-Hill. I cut each layer out of the watercolor paper and layed them down in order to see where my next layer should start.
The little fox was fun! I wanted to incorporate 3 or more animals (which led me to later adding the bears on that first hill).
After it was all finished, I layered them up in the order and levels I felt fit and taped pieces of cardboard to the back of each paper. This kept them spread out from eachother achieving the 3D look. Then, I stuck it inside of a shadow box and was done!
Happy birthday little Lane! It's been awesome seeing you grow....
What do you think?
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