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Art: Holly by Artist Shelly Bedsaul
Not necessarily an angel. Let's call her a Solstice spirit. Holly is associated with winter "magic" and good fortune throughout the world's myths and legends, from Europe to Japan and even touching some Native American cultures. I've chosen Celtic myth in this depiction. It was believed to repel evil. Brought indoors, it was a sign as a safe place for fairies to play. 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.

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