Happy Paint Party Friday!

At least, I’m happy, because I finally have a painting to show! Just a quickie giraffe in pastel. I couldn’t resist his funny face. I was happy with it until I sprayed it to keep it from smearing. I obviously didn’t use the same product I used to use on pastels because this one ruined it. It made all the colors go gray like a gray mist was sprayed on it. And that was one very light coat! I added some more dark, over the top of it, to the eyes because it was the worst there. I really need to go over the whole thing with more pastel to bring the color back up, but I probably won’t since he wasn’t for framing. I’ll let him sit around a few days and see if I feel inclined to work on it some more. Oh, the product I used was Krylon UV Protectant varnish, matte, from the fine art section. And it was pricey! If you have some and haven’t used it, don’t until you try it on something that isn’t important! I’m very happy  to be back at Paint Party Friday this week!

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22 thoughts on “Happy Paint Party Friday!

  1. Voie de Vie

    I like your friendly giraffe, even if he is a little washed out. 🙂

    I’ve used other Krylon products (finishing spray for some of my acrylic pieces) and the product in the can has been fine. Now the spray nozzle … well, that’s another story entirely. 🙂

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  2. Anonymous

    Oh isn’t it so discouraging when a product ruins hard work? But though you can probably see a difference, he looks great to me. So delightful with his long lashed and shy grin:-)

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  3. minnemie

    Oh isn’t it so discouraging when a product ruins hard work? But though you can probably see a difference, he looks great to me. So delightful with his long lashed and shy grin:-)

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  4. Victoria

    Wow…totally stunning..this is such an exquisite piece..and his/her beautiful soul truly shines through…magnificent work! I am sorry the spray was not good..I think it looks fabulous.!
    Victoria

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  5. Gloria J Zucaro

    Your giraffe portrait is wonderful! i have only used a fixative once as an experiment on a pastel that i didn’t care about. It certainly does darken it. but you say this “grayed’ it. I took a Sally Strand workshop last year. She sprays hers but then always puts more on top as the last coat so you still have the sparkle of the highlights.

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  6. Ginny

    I love him and his cute face. As soon as I saw him I began to smile. I am new to pastels and haven’t sprayed anything yet so thank you for the information.

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  7. giggles

    This is such a fun piece of work!! It brought such a smile to my face! Sorry you feel it’s ruined…looks wonderful on this end!! Thanks for the warning about that product too!! I think it would be so fun framed in a powder room!!

    Hugs Giggles

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    1. admin Post author

      Well, quick for me just means I did it in one sitting, LOL. I probably worked on it for an hour with the color after getting the drawing part done.

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  8. Kate @ {K}Mericks

    He looks like he is fake smiling at you, like hey, another picture? I love it, because it has so much personality. And this was a “quickie”? Good grief, that’s even more impressive!

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