Monday, 1 June 2015

What Makes You Smile?

So, what makes you smile? That's the theme for the June challenge over at Our Creative Corner!
Jan is our host, and this is what she has to say:

 What makes you smile 

Close your eyes for a few minutes, relax and think about something that makes you smile..............
It could be a special person, a favourite place, a quote, an incident, the list is endless!
Your June challenge is to create something that will make us smile, it could be a scrapbook or journal page, a canvas, a tag, whatever your imagination dictates.

Our sponsor this month is Tando Creative!

Tando Creative are offering a selection of products for the winner of this months challenge, a prize well worth winning!
What makes me smile?
Creating painty backgrounds and drawing quirky figures!

I thought I would share just how my figure came into being. First, she was sketched out onto watercolour paper, and cut out. Yes, poor girl looks weird as she has no hair yet!

Sketch out the shape of the dress onto text paper...

Cut it out...

Make sure it fits!

Do the same for the wings..

Glue the text in place...

I then painted the dress...

And then added stamping for extra detail...

Her face was then painted..

And the whole  thing stuck to the background..

Now the hair can be sketched in...

and painted...

I added extra details to the hair with a fine liner pen..

My background is a typical 'Trish' painty, stencilly and stamped affair..

I added a heart and some words...

 As a finishing touch I edged the whole figure, with a smudgy black pencil.
I hope you like her!

Don't forget, the 'What Makes You Smile' challenge can be found over on the Our Creative Corner blog now!

Love Trish xxx


  1. The figures you draw truly always make me smile and this one is no exception! Love her! The background you created to fabulous! I admire your style. Have a wonderful happy day my friend, xoxo Laurie

  2. She's wonderful and I am definitely smiling Trish! You are so talented - just sitting down and drawing such a lovely little gal! Wow. The colors are fabulous too. Thanks bunches for brightening my day! j.

  3. Hi Trish, you made me smile! I love the quirky figure and the lovely colours you used. The step by step was interesting to see how she evolved. Thank you for making such a lovely creation for my challenge. Hugs Jan x

  4. Trish--This makes me smile!! Your Trish-style, painty, stencily & stamped background is sooo FUN!! Your description of your style makes me smile!! :) :) Your winged girl is Beautiful and your process of creating her is super cool! I can't draw a stick figure to save my life! :) I just LOVE her! She's right at home!! Happy June! A Fabulous inspiration piece for Jan's challenge :) :) XOXO-Shari

  5. Your work makes me smile! This is adorable, love the way you used the text. Thanks for the step by step.

  6. What a beautiful smiley girl fairy/angel, is making me smile, thanks for sharing the "how to" what more can I say except Thanks for sharing this beautiful work

  7. I love your "typical Trish affair"!! Wonderful background! And a peaceful looking smiling girl...

  8. I loved your quirky girl on the painty background Trish. I am always attracted to these kinds of paintings. I like the balance of colour and texture on the background and the pop of the bright red dress sets the whole thing up into something that is whimsical and interesting to look at. To me your girl has a dreamy, wistful sort of expression, I related to that feeling, or maybe I am just viewing the girl in terms of my own feelings right now. Either way - brilliant piece for the challenge. So glad that I get to be moved and inspired by artists like yourself. -Candice-

  9. Oh you are so blumin' clever! She is gorgeous (even with her white "hair"). Your ability to draw like this & then build a creation is superb! Always a funky background going on too. I am looking for a challenge & tando craft were my first chipboard used. Sadly, what makes me happy may be hard to translate? Will now pop over. Tfs as always....

  10. What a wonderful page, your beautiful girl and fabulous background make me smile :O)

  11. Your page is so beautiful, love this technique, thans for sharing! Barbarayaya


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