A few months ago I posted about how my dear art pal, Ginny Markley, took a half-finished piece of my art and made a stunning finished masterpiece with it. We had traded each other a partially done piece of art for the other to finish and return. Here's the link to that post:
Ginny Markley & Joanna Grant Collaborative Art - Part I
Anyway, it's taken me this long to get time to do a blog post on Ginny's piece she sent for me to work on.
Here is what it looked like when I got it. It's about 8" X 10". Ginny used gelli prints and assorted collage elements to get the piece to this point.
I sat for quite a while trying to figure out what to do with this piece. There's more pressure on you than you'd think when it's somebody else's work and you don't want to mess it up with a wrong step. I finally just decided to dive in and not worry about that.
I started with a bit of doodling and then used a scrap of corrugated cardboard and white acrylic paint to make the marks you see on the left side of the piece.
Next, I added some of my gelli print flower cutouts to her dress to jazz it up a bit and legs to the little character on the right.
Then, I continued to work on the little character on the right, building up its outfit. I also added some black outlining to her dress to make it stand out a bit more and some highlighting of the gelli print flowers.
After that, I added some doodling and a funky little collage element for her hair. Some gold metallic acrylic paint went into the background near her right hand. Her bracelet got a facelift too.
Then, I stenciled some hearts in purple and red Silks (shimmery acrylics). They "hang" from some recycled scrapbooking sticker doodads.
Next, I added some funky flowers to the lower left, using reclaimed scrapbooking doodads and some checkerboard paper for the stems. She also got a groovy necklace (more reclaimed scrapbooking supplies).
Lastly, I added a funky border to the top of the piece, along with some collage elements on the left (blue and white squares). The quote was the very last thing to be added.
This was a very fun project to do with Ginny, even though it took me a few months to actually complete it. I'm glad she was so patient with me. If you'd like to see more of Ginny's wonderful work, you can find her blog here.
Playing With Paint - Ginny Markley
I hope you enjoyed seeing the process this collaborative piece went through from start to finish.
Cheers, my friends!