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Shelly Bedsaul

Topeka, Kansas USA

Be Bop A Lula Plum

This piece of art appeared as Art of the Day on 7/28/2011

Art: Be Bop A Lula Plum by Artist Shelly Bedsaul
I've been channeling polka dots and bringing country folk art into the 50's or maybe, with the bright colors, it's the 60's. My technique, though time consuming, is simple. I start with a preliminary sketch in graphite. When my design is satisfactory, I ink the sketch, using a black, 05, pigma micron pen. I use Prismacolor pencils. Each area is a layering of about 5 different colors, going from dark to light, until the paper is totally burnished. Once the coloring is complete, I re-ink to make the line work a true black. It is then sprayed with workable fixatif to seal, protect and prevent wax bloom. The substrate is Crescent archival rag board.

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