Though She Be But Little, She Is Fierce

Happy Valentine’s Day my friends!  I hope you’re spending it with the ones you love and love you back.  This is Carmen and today I’m sharing with you a commission canvas I made this week for a very special  little girl named Violeta that happens to love pink and purple!

Though she be but little, she is fierce. Commission canvas created by www.carmenwhitehead.com with The Crafter's Workshop stencils. #tcwstencillove

One of my favorite and most popular quotes to use for little girls is the Shakespeare quote from A MidSummer Night’s Dream, “Though she be but little, she is fierce”.  I was recently contacted to create a portrait of Violeta with this quote using some of her favorite colors.

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Here are the supplies I used…

After the layer of gesso dried, I added the first layer of acrylic paint using Wisteria and Soft Heather randomly on the canvas.  The second layer started with the repeating pods stencil and spritzes of the glimmer mist in Amethyst and the mister in purple.  This created just enough dimension using the same stencil.  The woven stencil was then used with pansy lavender to balance the background.

I love using random objects to create details on a background.  Here I used some bubble wrap with the soft heather and a small plastic tube with both soft heather and pansy lavender.  To finish off the background I added some modeling paste mixed with soft heather to use with the believe script stencil.

As you can see below, I used the many faces stencil to do a slight outline of where I wanted the face to be.  These are great for starting out portraits.

Though she be but little, she is fierce. Commission canvas created by www.carmenwhitehead.com with The Crafter's Workshop stencils. #tcwstencillove

I then free-handed creating the rest of the face, hair and body.  To get the right skin tone I mixed the flesh tone paint with some raw sienna until I was happy with the match.  The hair was created with a soft black and then details of peyne’s grey.  The shirt and little cupcake necklace was inspired by a picture of her and I thought would make it even more personal.  The daisy splash stencil provided some more detail on the turquoise top.

Though she be but little, she is fierce. Commission canvas created by www.carmenwhitehead.com with The Crafter's Workshop stencils. #tcwstencillove

The final detail was the glasses and words.  I studied the picture provided and I think I got the style and color just right.  I can see why Violeta loves pink and purple, the combination looks so vibrant in this canvas.Though she be but little, she is fierce. Commission canvas created by www.carmenwhitehead.com with The Crafter's Workshop stencils. #tcwstencillove

You can see how easy it is to create a spectacular background with colors that you love and represent you.  Give it a try next time you’re feeling some inspiration to create!

Blessings,

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One thought on “Though She Be But Little, She Is Fierce

  1. Oh wow Carmen…. this is just WONDERFUL. I bet she LOVED it. You did a fabulous work. Love the background – you are right – those colors are lovely. You did GREAT on the glasses too. I LOVED seeing this canvas. GREAT inspiration. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!! j.

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