I started with this picture of the Lovebug and her "Fairy Godmother" aka Candice...my best friend. She and the Bug share a birthday so we usually try and get together around their birthdays. We took this picture after building a gingerbread house together. It is one of my favorites of both my girls.
|aren't they adorable!|
Step One...use painter's tape to adhere the photo to the back side of the glass.
Step Two...choose your paint. You will only need 2 colors (white and whatever other color you want)
Step Three...mix up 2 mid shades. white...light...medium...original color (I used teal).
Step Four...find the smallest detail brush you own. This was one of the problems I had...I ended up trimming some of the hairs out of my smallest detail brush to make it even smaller. Using this brush fill in all the brightest spots and white parts of the photo (teeth...whites and sparkles in the eyes, etc.)
|those are some pearly whites!|
Step Five...be patient,,,YOU MUST WAIT FOR THE WHITE TO DRY COMPLETELY
Step Six...Use the deepest shade (teal for me) to trace around all the main features in the photo. Go around the face...use whispy strokes for the eyebrows, eyelashes, and hair. Wait for this to dry.
|This step is hard to judge so lift up to check your work often.|
Step Seven...use the light mixture of the two colors to dab over the dark lines from the previous step. This is like a highlighter. Do not fill in all the space or your face will end up looking flat. Cover the brightest parts left in the photo. Be sure and use a dabbing motion or you might pull off some of the previously painted details. Wait for thie to dry COMPLETELY...are you getting the hint?
|Goodbye odd darkly lines faces.|
|Not bad for a first try!|