Show Your Face

Another week and another portrait work share, it must be Friday! YAY! Don’t forget that if you come back later in the week and can’t find the Show Your Face link up post then check out the tabs under my blog title or use the drop down menu under the blog title if you are viewing the mobile version of this page.

First up the admin…


  • Inspired By – March 2016 (pick fellow Facers to inspire our work this month)
  • Head Positions – May 2016 (try different head potions through the month. Suggested by June Walker)
  •  Quick Draw Faces – July 2016 (set a timer to say 10-15 min – or less if you dare! – and draw a face or several faces in that time. Suggested by Gibby Frogett).
  • Change Hands – September 2016 (try using your non-dominant hand to draw/ paint / make your face this month. Suggested by Hazel Agnew).

Feel free to let me know if you have any more themes or ideas for Show Your Face.

Don’t forget:

  • Show Your Face is a community link up for portrait work in any style or medium.
  • the aims are to share, learn, practise, inspire, and be inspired.
  • to make sure that the face artwork is yours, if you use any stamps or templates to build the face they should be designed by you.
  • the link is open from 10 am (BST) every Friday and stays open for a week, so link away.
  • finished pieces, works in progress or retro posts (i.e. older works, not from this week) are all welcome.
  • to link back to the link blog post here for that week.
  • Spread the word on your blog/social media outlets and use the #ShowYourFaceFriday hashtag in social media.
  • There is a prompt every other month. Using the prompts is totally optional and just there if you fancy playing along. You can still post your face work even if you haven’t used the prompt.

Looking For The Blog Button?

If you want to wear the blog button with pride then hop on over to Show Your Face 31st July 2015 to grab it and there are instructions on how to put it on your blog there too.

My Share This Week…

One of the things I like working on with my faces is light and shade, positive and negative space and that is my share this week. I played a little with light and shade in paint with my finger in my junk journal. I wasn’t going for true realism and perfect features, but more trying to imply form using light and shade.

This is great fun to try, I don’t use any guide marks or structure for these types of faces, I just let the face develop from the page and using my finger seems to help to switch off the part of my brain that likes structure and order. If you have never tried this type of painting faces give it a go, it is very freeing!

Unfortunately, I think my ordered brain did re-engage into the process as I found I started to fuss and put in detail lines with a palette knife so I stopped working on the page and just left it.

Tip for if you want to try this – use a page that already has a layer or two of paint and that you have not seen for a while so it is like you are seeing the page afresh.

Over To You…

Link your faces artwork and spread the word on your blog and/or social media, hashtag #ShowYourFaceFriday. Please do let anyone you think would be interested in sharing their portraits know about our community here.

Catch you later Face-Artinators


PS. Some other places you might want to link your work to: Painted pages share at Paint Party Friday. Art journal pages, check out the new theme at Art Journal Journey. Those of you on Facebook ask Darcy Wilkinson if you can join her Face To Face page.

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Kim Dellow

Kim Dellow is an artist–designer–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 6 Comments

  1. Linda Kunsman

    I do need to try this loosening up thing-great tips Kim!

  2. Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA

    Cool! I love learning that you like working with your fingers sometimes too. Blessings!

  3. Giggles

    Wow great faces Kim you seem to have captured some ethnicity with this process as well! Good job!! Thanks for hosting!

    Hugs Giggles

  4. June Walker

    Light and shade are a challenge for me so I try to concentrate on it…although I am probably more comfortable with line! I haven't tried finger painting yet!! I like your blue faces this week.

  5. Julie Ann Lee

    I keep thinking I should try finger painting! My main worry is working in the family room and being a very messy person I shall probably end up smearing everything in sight with paint! This is a great example of light and shade and I love how the paint has been applied. It's such a strong statement! I'll just have to drape everything in vast swathes of plastic and make a start!!! 🙂

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