A few years ago, Lynne Hoppe generously offered a tutorial, on her blog, on how she paints faces. She really has a unique talent that I admire. I had always meant to try the tutorial. Well today I finally gave it a go.
Lynne paints her faces on old book pages. My husband was about to discard a very old book entitled, Tales of Mystery & Imagination written by Edgar Allan Poe. The book had belonged to his Father and was falling apart. I couldn't even find a copyright date on the book.
I decided to give one of the pages new life by painting the face on it. Make sure you protect old book pages by brushing matte medium (on both sides of the page) before you begin painting.
I enjoyed creating with Lynne's suggested art supplies: watercolors, white gouache and oil pastels. Caran d'Ache neopastels were new to me. I had only worked with water-soluble oil pastels before this tutorial. I plan to create a few more faces in the future.
Lynne's tutorial is still on her blog. Why not try it for yourself?