Painting whimsical faces in my art journal is one of my favorite things to do. They add expression and personality to my pages, and offer me a way to access my innermost reaches and bring forth a variety of emotions. Often, I will journal the emotions and thoughts that arose during the painting process while waiting for layers to dry, building up a narrative that is deeply personal and meaningful to me. And by the time I have finished a painting, I will often find either a few words or a snippet from my journal or a quote to encapsulate what was going on during the painting process.
While painting faces can be daunting to the beginner artist, there are a variety of tips and techniques that can help you improve your portraiture skills, especially if you veer towards the more whimsical face.
Mixed media faces tutorial
I’m going to show you how to create a mixed media portrait using water soluble color pencils and acrylics. I’ve explained my process in the video below, and I hope you find it easy to use these mixed media painting techniques in your own art journal!
If you’d like an even more beginner-friendly tutorial along with a step-by-step demo, take a look at my post on painting a brown skin tone portrait. I used different colors and a different technique for this painting.
Mixed media portrait: supplies list
Here’s the list of supplies I used to create this painting. Feel free to substitute with whatever colors or brands you have on hand.
Derwent watercolor pencils: Deep Cadmium, Golden Brown, Copper Beech
Daler-Rowney:flesh tint, indigo
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Healing with art
There is so much joy and healing that I find at the painty table. It’s a joy I wish everyone could experience. Which is why I love to create mini art + soul ecourses that include curated guided meditations, journaling questions, and an art journal project from start to finish. The videos are broken down into easy to watch segments, which makes it perfect even for the most busy people to watch and create! You can find all the ecourses and sign up for one or more here.
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