I like to print out my image using my laser printer, onto card stock. To be honest, I often print out several and experiment with the first and usually complete the second, but just in case, I have a backup readily available.
Using markers and pencils I coloured in the image. I used chalk for her face.
SPECIAL TIP - When I use watercolour pencils (like Inktense or Staedtler Aquarells) and if I am working in a 'small space', instead of water, I use a fine blending marker.(Martha Stewart has one). It gives the same effect, without water, and I maintain total control.
Once my colouring was complete I sprayed my image with a fixative (Grumbacher matte). This gives me the added confidence to proceed enhancing my image without fear of destroying it! lol
To prepare the card stock I was gluing the image to, I decoupaged some ephemera and distressed with inks. Taking a small piece of cooper sheeting, I used my Cuttlebug to emboss it with gears and used Mod Podge to attach it.. The image was then decoupaged onto the card stock.
To enhance the belt , which had a spiral look, I grabbed a spiral brad and stuck it through her stomach!
I think the little 'gears' in the bottom right corner nicely balanced the picture. The gears are washers from Harbor Freight, which I enhanced with copper ink. A few extra brass hardware stickers were also used.
My final touch was the clear stone I placed over her eye. I wanted to really emphasize her eye while also giving the appearance of a monocle. --- I know: I'm strange.
There are 2 different scrapbook pages used for matting, and the final touch: attaching the whole thing to a brilliant pumpkin spice coloured gift bag. which will be the front cover of a new paper bag book!
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