Pattern 2389 Orange Beret
I'll describe the process below, but first:
Choose the option that best fits your desires! I offer blank-inside, 5x7 greeting cards that can be displayed, framed, or mailed, and 8x10 art prints on heavy, 100% cotton rag paper. These are signed and the date of the pattern penciled in at the bottom. Important to note, especially if you purchase both sizes: the cotton rag paper has a more saturated, deep coloring than the greeting cards and slight color variations will be seen between the two papers.
If you would like a combo of both the print and card, please choose it from the drop-down menu. Unless you note in your order another pattern number for the greeting card with the combo deal, I will send the same image on both the 8x10 and card.
Process! Let me explain...
I collected vintage patterns, not beautifully kept, precious patterns- but patterns that were loved, used, marked up, edges frayed from their life in a sewer's possession. I love the scars of this history.
First I flatten the patterns as much as possible, then- using acrylic paints- I start to "erase" the background- sometimes that being the strange, aged color of the pattern background, sometimes parts of the clothing. This allows me to paint the bones over the figure, following where the limbs once were. With pen and pencil, I go into the details, shading and defining the bones and skull
These reproductions were closely matched to the originals, weird colors and all.