WIDN (what I’m doing now)

I’m pretty excited about this project I have been working on this past week!  A friend commissioned me to paint a personalized fingerprint tree for her friend’s birthday.  Not only did I paint this for her (pictures are below) but I’ll also be working the birthday party to gather all the guest’s fingerprints and hand letter each guest’s name near their print.  This is the first time I’ve done anything like this, but I know it will be such fun!

Here’s the step by step:

  1. I sketched out the tree in my sketch book.  I made it as intricate as I wanted because I knew I could edit out as needed.  After sketching, I used my light board to ink my sketch:
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  2. Scan the inked drawing – I do hand paint directly on to canvas, but in this case I wanted to play with the layout and send my client a pdf of what the layout would be.  The easiest way to work with layout (for me) is to scan it and pull it up in photoshop. This gives you flexibility to play with how the overall piece will work.  It can seem like an extra step, but it made me feel more comfortable. Once I’ve settled on layout and the client has approved it, I print the whole thing out and piece it together!
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  3. Spacing is very important here, so I use graphite paper to transfer some guides onto the canvas so I don’t end up with a completely skewed canvas.  I really don’t want to have to recreate the whole thing!
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  4. Start painting!  I started with the wording at the bottom since I knew the tree would be a little more intensive.
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  5. And onto the tree!  I started in black acrylic, and layered in various browns for definition:
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  6. Finished product!
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I need to remember to snap a pic after all the guests have added their fingerprints (fingerprints will be in various shades of green).

Can’t wait!