Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Unmasking Catrina with Milagros

Hi Bloom Fans, Milagros here as your host today!
There's still a few more months for the day of the death so I decided to reveal the beauty of the lady behind the mask.  The roses in her hair are divine.  I recall when seeing her for the first time noticing she was wearing a headdress we know as "mantilla", a custom we inherited from Spain. I also remembered my Grandma, she used to go to mass with a "mantilla" on her head every time.  She even looks like a bride, you'll see it in my process.  It was what I wore on my head the day I got married. So many memories Ms. Catrina brings to me!
So you don't lose perspective here's the original stamp
As you can see she's all there! Those beautiful roses get me every time!
Here's some of my process, I stamped her omitting the mask, her beautiful face is there, the only thing missing are the eyebrows, that you can easily draw as one big comma.  I had fun drawing her with sun glasses using her mask around the eyes.  Will share later!
 I wanted to place her in an old room, something forgotten by time, using the floral texture , from Prima's Floral Bouquet stencil as a peeled wallpaper, I also needed some white crackle for that old world feeling
 I used a very heavy coat trying to be careful around her gorgeous features
Although I will use my fave Prima watercolors for her features I couldn't resist mixing it up a bit and using acrylic paint on her.  You will see I used it on her roses, lips and her hair

Then I used the Prima watercolor pencils for her skin tones, (soft neutrals and spring and fall tins) are the ones I used

Inspired by a paper napkin I went with some turquoise to match her pink roses

and voila after some metal and hammer she's done!
I am hoping you feel inspired to transform some of your stamps
Have you used them in a different way, do share it with us on our Face Book page or leave me a note here for me to visit you! 
Until my next transformation!

Supplies used
Catrina Bloom Girl Stamp
Wood Canvas
Prima's Floral Bouquet Stencil
Finnabair Modeling Paste and Crackle Medium
Faber Castell Pen
Liquitex Acrylics
Prima Watercolors
Metal, Hammer, Nails
Die Cut machine and dies


  1. Wow, quite the transformation! And Ms Catrina should be very happy, she looks much the better! :)

  2. Wonderful transformation. Love it. Thanks for your inspiration.