Art It Friday – Show Your Face

Would you believe it? It is Friday again and that means… it is Show Your Face Time! I know! I can’t believe it either.

For anyone new here this is a regular place to come and inspire, be inspired, but above all to share our portrait progress week by week. Every Friday at 10 am (BST) a new Show Your Face blog post goes live with the linky to add your blog post or online gallery picture to with any portrait work you have been doing. 

Your face can be drawn, doodled, painted, stitched, be made using any materials and can be any style, all I ask is that it is your artwork. If you use templates, stencils or stamps to build the face anatomy then they should be ones you have made yourself and not someone else’s. 

Finished pieces or works in progress are all welcome so come join in and spread the word on your blog/ social media outlets.

I shall kick off the share this week with a work in progress, it is an unfinished journaling page using acrylic and watercolours.

Work in progress art journal page

But the face was done as a sketch with pencil on Layout Paper.

Pencil sketch of a face on layout paper

Layout paper is great, it isn’t quite tissue paper and it isn’t quite copy paper but somewhere in between. It is an artist quality thin paper, 45 gsm (31 lb), mostly designed to use with layering up ideas and working out layouts, hence the name.

Sticking old book pages to layout paper

I love it as for its wonderful semi-transparent quality and if you layer it on strips of book page for example you get the book page just about showing through.

I’ve got as far as sticking her to the painted background but I just wasn’t feeling it, do you know what I mean? So she has gone into the work in progress pile until more inspiration strikes.

Over To You…

You know what you need to do! Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media.

Catch you later Face-Artinators!

ps. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Art journal pages link up with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s Art Journal Everyday post. Paint work link it up at Paint Party Friday. For items using something Old, New and Digital then go link it up on the Old, New and Digital Too challenge.

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Kim Dellow

Kim Dellow is an artistโ€“designerโ€“film-maker living the creative life in London, UK. She's a freelance creative for the craft industry and others, and she loves to share her art-ventures on her blog.

This Post Has 47 Comments

  1. Kottage Kreations

    I started creating art just last month! I'm really new to creating art and I just love painting and drawing faces! Check out all of my art on my Facebook page! I've done about 8 faces within the month! I'm loving my journey ?

    1. Kim Dellow

      I am so glad you are enjoying your new found creative outlet and that you found us here at Show Your Face too! Welcome! Thanks so much for linking up and for the facebook address to find you ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a fun creative week. Kx

  2. Julie Ann Lee

    Oh, thank you so much for sharing another really inspiring post! I think I've seen some examples of using layout paper and I've loved the look of it so now I know what it is! I really do look forward to Fridays, Kim. Thank you so much for all the inspiration! xxx

    1. Kim Dellow

      Me too, I'm loving this Friday share. I love your faces this week, you have totally captured the likeness of your model this week ๐Ÿ™‚ I bought some Layout paper a couple of months ago on a whim and I've used used it for so many things already! It is a great add to the stash! Thank you for sharing and making such lovely art ๐Ÿ™‚ Kx

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thank you Valerie, it is great to see you here again with your fabulous art Kx.

  3. Clare Lloyd

    Great face, haven't had chance to paint a face this week…sniff!

    1. Kim Dellow

      Oh no Clare! I will admit I almost didn't have anything this week either – yikes! But I am totally glad you dropped in and hope you get a chance to link up either during the week or next Friday. Kx

  4. Inky and Quirky

    Wonderful face Kim, never heard of the layout paper but it sounds really useful… to find where I can buy it from now ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a fab weekend
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

    1. Kim Dellow

      Hey Donna, thanks, glad you like it! I was just telling Julie Ann how I bought a pad of Layout paper on a whim a couple of months ago but I've used it for so many things already! You have a fab weekend too. Kx

    1. Kim Dellow

      Ooo great! Thanks for popping by and please do come and join in, any time you like ๐Ÿ™‚ Kx

  5. Meihsia Liu

    Beautiful background! Love the pretty face sketch, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Kim Dellow

      Ahh thank you Meihsia, really kind of you to say so. So glad you linked up again this week with your amazing art. Kx

  6. Linda Kunsman

    she's looking so lovely already Kim! Haven't heard of layout paper but it sounds like what we call tracing paper.

    1. Kim Dellow

      Ahh thanks Linda! Glad you like her. Layout paper is similar to tracing paper in that you can use it over heavily inked drawings to trace them but it is not nearly as transparent / translucent as tracing paper. But then again it might have different names in different countries? Kx

  7. Michellem

    Never heard of layout paper – gonna have to check that out – love how subtle the book print is while still being visible!

    1. Kim Dellow

      It does add a lovely quality to a background, I like how the print is just visible too! Kx

  8. Kate Robertson

    Wonderful art. I had not heard of layout paper before. I will have to go search for it. First time here,lovely post. Would like to invite you to link on my site.


    1. Kim Dellow

      Hey Kate it is great to have you here and thank you so much for joining us this week. Thanks for invite to come and join your share too, I shall pop on over after the weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a lovely one! Kx

  9. Irene

    I love seeing your progress on your face. I love seeing all the different variations of faces. Have a lovely week.

    1. Kim Dellow

      Hi Irene, thanks so much for being here, it is wonderful all the amazing shares and all the different art that people come up with around the faces theme. Have a lovely week too. Kx

  10. Ayala Art

    Awesome to find this blog! I do love faces! โ™ฅ Greetings from California, US :oD

    1. Kim Dellow

      Hello California *wave* so glad to see you here Ayala Art, thank you for joining in with your glorious face. Hope you will come back next week to share again! Greetings from London, UK ๐Ÿ™‚ Kx

  11. Giggles

    Everyone is loving it here!!! Thanks for hosting! Nice face you got there!!

    Hugs Giggles

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thank you and thank you for being here again, it means a lot to me. Hope you have a lovely weekend and I'm looking forward to popping over and seeing your blog post this week. Kx

  12. denthe

    that sounds like really interesting paper, would love to try it out. She's looking great already, and I love the background-colour!

    1. Kim Dellow

      Ahh thank you, glad you like her so far ๐Ÿ™‚ She may never get finished thought! Hopefully she will ๐Ÿ™‚ It is a fun paper to play with and I've been using it a lot since I got it a couple of months ago. Kx

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thanks Tracey! I hope that it does get finished LOL! Kx

  13. GlorV1

    Very nice. Great paper. I'll have to join in the fun sometime.

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thanks for popping over and I do hope that you do come and join in! Kx

  14. Mona Pendleton

    Thanks for the inspiration and for hosting a site to share our artwork ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Tiffany Hiller

    Hi kim, it's tiffany, I decided to open a flickr account, because I think your right with journal workshops, there is a sign in. So I uploaded my art to the public part of my gallery, now I don't know how to find the url to directly go to my art, my user name is tiffany.hiller
    My face artwork is on there, under 29-5-2015. Arrgh. ..hope u can help me.

    1. Kim Dellow

      Hey Up Tiffany, I've found you on Flickr ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay! Ok, so go to your photostream/ gallery and right button click on the photo you want to link and select 'Open link in a new tab' from the options. Then go to the new tab with the photo and select and copy the address from the URL box in your browser, that should be the one that you can then paste into the linky on my site. It seems to work as I just tried it, but I wasn't sure which photo you wanted as they all say 30 May at my end, I could not see any 29-5-2015, but I might just be being an idiot? ๐Ÿ™‚ Kx

    2. Tiffany Hiller

      Sorry, u r right about the date, the same date is showing for all of them on the public side, I forgot to tell you I'm on a tablet. I managed to get something up,I don't know if it works. I kept clicking copy url, but at first I couldn't retrieve the url . So I tried different things, then finally onto the clipboard , but it seemed more like a person to person link,if that makes sense. Well , I hope it worked. Thanx for your help, and I like your wip. Tiffany

    3. Kim Dellow

      Yay! Tiffany, it worked ๐Ÿ™‚ So glad you have joined in and started a gallery too ๐Ÿ™‚ Kx

  16. Beth Niquette

    What a creative artist you are. I enjoyed the steps and tips you've shared. Wonderful artwork!

    1. Kim Dellow

      Ahh thanks Beth. Great to see you here! Thanks for popping in. Kx

  17. Nordljus

    I didn't know about that layout paper, it sounds very useful. Love the colours and collage elements you've used so far.

    1. Kim Dellow

      Thanks, I'm starting to wonder if Layout paper might be called something else outside the UK. Thanks for popping in again and I do hope you fancy joining in sometime, your art is wonderful. Kx

  18. June Walker

    She is very expressive-emotional. As if thinking deeply about something! Looking forward to seeing her when you return to her.

  19. massofhair

    Layout paper is readily available in the UK, it is 45 to 50 gsm weight, had a quick look on the web mostly in art shops.

    Sorry not able to play along again, hope to be back again very soon!

    Mo ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

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