Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Donning Our Crowns

Not too long ago, my friend, Shannon, informed me that she needed something happy for her office wall.  "What would you like?" I asked.  "Oh, I don't know...Surprise me," she said.  The gauntlet was thrown down before me - a challenge!

After thinking on it for a while, I knew exactly what to draw.

After researching some images online, I found the perfect models from which to create Shannon's piece.  For months, she's been trying to find a cute cloche hat but has been unable to find one.  Why not showcase the hat of her adoration in a work of art?

Artwork for Shannon

To begin, I drew the designs on paper and inked them in with Sharpie.  Next, I scribbled color onto the designs using my favorite coloring medium, water color pencils.

Artwork for Shannon 2

Once the color was completed, I carefully blended the colors using a small water color brush and water.

Artwork for Shannon 3

After the color dried, I used my handy Cutter Bee scissors to cut the designs out of the paper.

Artwork for Shannon 5
Once the figures were removed, I selected a coordinating piece of designer scrapbook paper in which to paste the designs.  I used Mod Podge on the back and on the surface of the designs to adhere them to the scrapbook paper.

Artwork for Shannon 6Artwork for Shannon 7
The figures started to bubble as they dried, so I used a blunt plastic tool to smooth them out.

Artwork for Shannon 9
To finish the piece, I added a quote to the drawing that I thought reflected the feel of the piece (oh, how I love my quotes).  I hope she enjoys it!

Artwork for Shannon 10

"We just know inside that we're queens.  And these are the crowns we wear."
- Felecia McMillan


  1. Thank you again for my picture. I love where we hung it. :)

  2. You're welcome. You're my art guinea pig.



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