Non-Identical Twins

"non-identical twins, 1" mixed media on illustration board, 30x15", $225 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

Does this piece look familiar? Last month I posted it in an update featuring a variety of new works I had recently completed. Today you get a look at the process for it’s creation, as well as it’s “twin” artwork that was created at the same time. These are more artwork made on illustration board. I make random marks with wax on the board and then cover it with contact paper before drawing the design on it. Once the design is finished I mark the sections so I know what colors I anticipate painting them (it frequently changes during the process, but it’s a starting point!).

work in progress, image 1, non-identical twins (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

The contact is removed from the illustration board by gently cutting around the edges of each section with an x-acto knife and then peeling it off the board. Then the exposed sections are painted with their assigned color.

work in progress, image 2, non-identical twins (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker
work in progress, image 3, non-identical twins (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

The wax makes for some surprises when it repels the thin washes of acrylic or watercolor paint, which makes it fun. I used a thicker coat of brown/gold paint so it covered in a solid color. Down to the last sections now and I have a change of mind once I’ve peeled off the contact paper.

work in progress, image 4, non-identical twins (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

I had originally marked these areas to be white but decided it was too stark white looking for my taste so I switched gears and painted these areas in a light blue. Here’s the end result for the second piece:

"Non-Identical Twins, 2" mixed media on illustration board, 20x15", $225 (c) 2010, Lynne Medsker

And, yes, I would have to say that I might not have come up with this idea if my new granddaughters weren’t twins.

grandbabies, 4 months old

And yes, again, they’re not identical! Inspiration can be found all around. 🙂

Lynne


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