This was the last, biggest tile from Laurie Mika’s workshop this summer at Art Unraveled. One of the things I love most about Laurie Mika’s work is her saintly icons. I always wondered how she did them, how she got all the cool painted faces. Simply enough, she prints them out and cuts them up with scissors, then pastes them onto her tiles. I had no idea it was that straightforward. Learning this was probably worth the cost of the workshop, as was the use of her cool rubber stamps.
Painting this, we rubbed the damp paint with shop rags to get a more translucent effect. this does work to give it a not-cartoony look, but it tends to smear what might otherwise be accurate lines. You’ll have to take my word for it that this looks better in person, because the wings are shiny gold rather than muted yellow.