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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Bag With A Sling: Painting Fashionable African Ladies Part 6 of 6

We have finally reached the last blog in a series on how to construct 'Art Bags.' These are bags where the focal point are the centre panels, which are hand painted with elongated figures. The first two blogs in the series dealt with the pattern and construction of the bag. This was followed by three blogs in which I shared step by step tips on painting the figures on the bags. Today I share the last of these painting blogs, when I show you how to paint some fashionable African ladies.


I start by painting the backgrounds of the centre panels yellow.


The wet yellow paint from the previous paint job was showing through my blue, but I had foreseen this and I hoped that it would create greenish deposits in the blue. I like how this is turning out.


I allow the paint to dry and then I fix the colour to the fabric by ironing it with a hot iron.


I do the drawings with Dala Acrylic Ink in black, using a dip pen with a medium tip.


I start at the head and elongated neck.


I draw the arms and shoulders.


I draw the bodice and outline for the legs.


The skirt is completed with its detail.


I then add some pots to make the picture a little more interesting.


The second figure is done much the same way as the first.


I lay them down side by side so that I can paint them at the same time. I use Dala Fabric Paint to paint them in.


I do the flesh parts in black.


I add white in strategic places.


I bring in yellow. The yellow is very transparent, allowing the blue background to shine through, making it almost seem green.


I add red.


I then add a bluish green.


Lastly, I come in with maroon.


Once the paint is dry, I fix the colours to the fabric with a hot iron.


This is what the bag looks like once finished. This is a view of the inside of the bag.


One side of the bag.


The reverse side of the bag.


This is what the complete range of bags look like that was made for this blog series.


Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Bag With A Sling: Painting Dancing African Ladies Part 5 of 6

We are still busy with a range of bags in which the centre pieces are paintings. In the first two blogs of the series, I have shared tips for the pattern and construction of the bag. This was followed by blogs on how to paint some fashion models for the centre panels. Today we are moving slightly off the fashion pages and focusing on some dancing African ladies, sticking to the elongated silhouettes we've been working with.


I start by painting the backgrounds of the centre panels yellow. I allow the paint to dry and then I fix the colour to the fabric by ironing it with a hot iron.


I do the drawing with Dala Acrylic Ink in Black, using a dip pen.


The trick is to work relatively fast without wavering on the lines.


I prefer to start at the head.


I then draw the arms and shoulders.


The body follows afterwards.


The figures are painted, using Dala Fabric Paint.


I lay the figures down side by side so that I can paint both at the same time.


I start with black on the flesh parts.


Make sure to let the yellow background show where there is detail.


I then add the focal red.


I swap brushes to use a round brush when I paint the white dots. Once the paint is dry, I fix the colours to the fabric with a hot iron.


This is what the bag looks like once finished. This is a view of the inside of the bag.


One side of the bag.


The other side of the bag.


Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
You can subscribe to any of these blogs and receive regular updates by email. Simply register your email address at the top of the applicable blog.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Bag With A Sling: Painting Blue & Maroon Fashion Models Part 4 of 6

I am busy with a range of bags where the focal point is the art pieces in the centre panels of the bag. In the first two blogs I shared tips on how to construct the pattern and how to sew the bag. In the third blog I showed you how to paint some fashion models in blue. I continue with this idea in today's blog, but this time we add some maroon to our fashion range.


I start by painting the backgrounds of the centre panels yellow.


I allow the paint to dry and then I fix the colour to the fabric by ironing it with a hot iron.


 I use Dala Acrylic Ink in Black, along with a dip pen to draw the figures on the sheeting.


I start at the head.


Then I add the body.


For the second figure, I once again start at the head.


I develop the upper body.


I add the arms.


Then I add the legs and detail.


I use Dala Fabric Paint to paint the figures.


I lay the figures side by side so that I can pain them at the same time.


I start with blue.


I then add maroon.


I paint the shoes and clutch bag in black.


The flesh parts are painted pink.


The hair is made brown.


Lastly, I add more blue detail.


Once the paint is dry, I fix the colours with a hot iron.


This is what the bag looks like once finished. This is a view of the inside of the bag.


One side of the bag.


The reverse side of the bag.


Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy my books here:
You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
You can follow Miekie's daily Bible Study blog, Bybel Legkaart, here in English & Afrikaans.
You may prefer to follow the traveling blog, A Pretty Tourist.
For more crafty ideas and great product reviews, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
If you are in a literary mood, follow Miekie's musings, stories and poetry on A Pretty Author - Miekie.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making life PRETTY.
You can subscribe to any of these blogs and receive regular updates by email. Simply register your email address at the top of the applicable blog.