Thursday, July 28, 2011
Page 9 of the children's book, "And Candy Smiled" written by Carole Sarkan
This is page 9 of about 25 pages. It is slow progress. It takes me around 6-8 hours per painting. Each painting is done on very thin watercolor paper. I use professional grade Winsor and Newton watercolor paints, graphite, pen and ink as well as gouache. After completing about 75% of the painting I cut it out with a small #11 exato knife and embroidery scissors. I mount it onto black mat board and then finish the painting. This style of painting is called "Scherenschnitte", and is an old German form of folk art which was brought to the United States around the mid 18th century by German and Polish immigrants. Carole had seen a few of these Scherenschitte I had done before, and was absolutely certain that this is what she wanted for her book.
Look for "And Candy Smiled" by Carole Sarkan, coming to book stores near you soon.