Fortune Teller

Week 32:  Incorporate a fortune cookie fortune

Fortune’s from fortune cookies!!!!  Well I have a few of those sitting around . . . you never know when you might need one!  Okay, I admit it . . . we order Chinese Take Out A LOT around this place and I keep a little jar in my studio stuffed with the fortunes from each meal.

I’m so glad I finally had a a use for these.  I decided to create my background from a bunch of fortunes by using a UHU glue stick to attach them.  I knew I wanted to sketch on top of them, so I spread a coat of clear gesso over the top and let it dry.  The clear gesso leaves a nice, gritty finish on top that is perfect for rough sketching.

Using my fave graphgear mechanical pencil, I sketched out a ‘Lucky Cat’ and a fortune cookie.

I painted my Lucky Cat using gouache and Caran D’Ache Neocolor II watersoluble crayons to make him pop off the page.  I pulled my pencil marks into the gouache to smudge and shade.

Lucky Cat looks a little grumpy . . . have to turn that frown upside down . . .

There!  All better now!  I hope you enjoy this week’s challenge, as usual, I am excited to see how all of you interpret it!

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  1. Rae Missigman

    OMG! So great! I LOVE the fortune background and that cat is adorable. You are such a great artist!

  2. Sweet Red Clover

    I love your page, especially the fortune cookie! It is spot on! Also, thank you for putting the fortune that says "Life moves on, whether we act as cowards or heroes." That is something I really needed to hear right now. Thank you, to you and all the A5 ladies, for this wonderful project and the kind, supportive community you’ve created. The DLP means so much to me personally, and I know many other ladies who share my feelings. Thank you again and again. <3<3<3

    1. Lorraine Bell

      I am so happy that you loved the challenge and the page! The DLP means so much to me personally as well and I feel like we are all kindred spirits . . . one tribe . . . all drawn together for the same reasons! So happy you are with us and looking forward to hopefully many more years!

  3. Paige Joyce

    LOVE THIS!!!! I also especially love that you turned his frown upside down!! No reason to be sad!!!

    1. Lorraine Bell

      Thank you Paige! I don’t know why I had him looking so grumpy 🙂

  4. Mary W

    I have a small antique bottle full of fortunes on my mantle. I don’t know why I started it but it just makes me happy to think I have that antique bottle full of fortunes and not just dust – and I do "happy" as often as possible! Love how you used them as background which makes a wonderful layer under the Lucky Cat. My daughter went to China and Japan for a few weeks and was amazed at the giant badger statutes they had everywhere – families of them lined up. Strange to an American but so fun to see. Love the different ways people think – like Hello Kitty and Lucky Cat.

    1. Lorraine Bell

      Hi Mary! I can imagine you have a fabulous collection! Thanks for sharing about your daughter’s trip and the badger . . . I love this group so much because of all of the stories we can share and the friends we can make! So happy to call you one of the!

    1. Lorraine Bell

      Thanks Ali! I wouldn’t say "genius" though . . . unless you really want to! 🙂

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