Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Cameo Wall Hanger with Sharon Harkness-Dobler

Hello everyone! This month's project was inspired by a lovely cameo pendant that I saw over on Pinterest. I love cameos! I find them to be very classy and elegant. I had a great time creating my cameo. It was fun and easy to make. Here’s what I did.



OOAK Artisans Sharon Harkness-Dobler Mixed Media Art




I started with an oval shaped canvas. This canvas measures 5 x 7” or 13 x 18 cm. Here you can see that I’ve already laid down my underpainting using various mediums.



OOAK Artisans Sharon Harkness-Dobler Mixed Media Art




I found the underpainting to be a bit busy for this small canvas so, I decided to “push back” some of the color with Gesso.



OOAK Artisans Sharon Harkness-Dobler Mixed Media Art





Next, I sketched out a figure using my graphite pencil.



OOAK Artisans Sharon Harkness-Dobler Mixed Media Art





To create her skin tone I used Paynes Gray, Titanium White, Terracotta, and Flesh Tone. 



OOAK Artisans Sharon Harkness-Dobler Mixed Media Art




Here you can see that I’ve finished painting her skin tone. I’ve gone ahead and painted in the background using Carbon Black, Ultramarine Blue and Brilliant Blue.



OOAK Artisans Sharon Harkness-Dobler Mixed Media Art


OOAK Artisans Sharon Harkness-Dobler Mixed Media Art





To create the elegant look of a cameo, I glued pearl beads in various sizes around the edges of the canvas. Fabric glue works great to adhere the beads.



OOAK Artisans Sharon Harkness-Dobler Mixed Media Art





To finish my cameo, I glued a hanger to the back using a piece of star studded fabric.


This cameo would make a great wall hanger. I think she would make a lovely Christmas tree ornament as well.  I really hope that you enjoyed this tutorial. 

Happy creating! ~ Sharon


You can find more of Sharon's work online!





Friday, August 25, 2017

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

African Daisies Watercolor with Roberta Laliberte


There is something magical about heading outdoors with my sketchbook and settling into a little corner of the world and recording what I see.





Friday, August 11, 2017

Exploring Art and Artist :: Ben John Lincod Albino

Ellen Schimmel Pearson
by Ben John Lincod Albino

Welcome to the August installment of Exploring Art and Artist!

“Exploring Art & Artist” is a new feature here at OOAK Artisan Showcase. Written by Ellen Schimmel Pearson, it’s a non-artist’s exploration of the creative world. 


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Write Your Story Art Journal Spread with Leah Tees

I am so in love with art journaling :) However, I do need to start taking process shots and videos, so watch for those coming soon!


OOAK Artisans Leah Tees Art Journal