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Shelly Bedsaul

Topeka, Kansas USA

Put the Lime in the Mint Tea

This piece of art won Patron's Choice award in the art exhibit 1WC: Green

Art: Put the Lime in the Mint Tea by Artist Shelly Bedsaul
While working on the this, the tune "Put the Lime in the Coconut" kept running through my head. Fit my mood after finally seeing sunshine again and knowing this long winter was done. Time for ice tea and gobs of spring green. 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. Below are details of special challenges. Mint leaves and lime suspended in tea. Vintage linens. Sliced limes and wood grains.

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Detail Image for art Put the Lime in the Mint Tea

Detail Image for art Put the Lime in the Mint Tea

Detail Image for art Put the Lime in the Mint Tea

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