|above : the one, the only, the amazing... Cheshire Cat!|
I was going to add a quote but forgot all about it after I started the actual painting! I remembered after I sent the book to Sharon. It was going to say either “If you don't know where you want to go, then it doesn't matter which path you take.” or “I am not crazy, my reality is just different from yours.” or “which way, that way, here, there, anywhere” (with arrows).
The final design is based upon the original sketch of the Cheshire Cat by John Tenneil when he (CC) was telling Alice the best way to go.
I drew the Cheshire Cat's basic shape and a rough tree branch in watercolour pencil after the background had dried properly.
Next I added a line of Lemon Zest (yellow) along one side of each leaf then waited for them to dry before painting over it with Cut Grass (bright green). then a line down the centre with the brown.
I should mention that I don't clean the paint brush inbetween the purple and blue... which why having a palette is so important - it keeps your pots of paint clean :)
Don't forget, if you use pots of acrylic paint like Dylusions (and live in warm dry climates like Australia), to add a spritz / mist of water into the pot before closing the lid. This puts back any moisture that evaporated while the lid was off. I didn't do this with my black and it looks like black cottage cheese! lol Still works :)
Oh, and it has a strip of Jane Davenport Washi Tape down the edge because I made a mess :) lol
Hope you like him Deborah!
Thanks so much for reading this blog post :) Hope my Cheshire Cat inspires you to get arty and crafty!
Happy Creative Day!