Young Woman in a Hat, on Cradled Wood Panel, February 1, 2023

This painting was done in parts due to my sleep disorder, instead of all in one go, which I prefer.

Finished painting

I started by coating a cradled wood panel with clear gesso and then decided to decoupage the background/underlying skin tone.

To do this, I decoupaged my cradled wood panel with a bright pink tissue paper.

I used Celebrate It tissue paper from Michael’s Craft Store in dark pink (Pink), item # 10671678.

Decoupaged background with sketch.

I sketched my girl, traced over the pencil with Pigma Gaphic 1 in Sepia and then with Pitt Artist Pen B(Brush), in Black #199.

The ink on these tends to run (though, not on paper), so I carefully added a layer of Clear Gesso over the lines.

I dried it a bit with a hot air gun and then let it sit for a few hours.

Next, I worked on the skin tone until I was happy with it.

I used my go-to skin tone colors:

Holbein acryla gouache

Next, I started her hair.

The colors I used today for her hair are Turner Acryl Gouache Ivory Yellow and Japanesque Deep Yellow.

By it’s self on a pallette, the Turner Acryl Gouache Ivory Yellow looks like a skin tone, but combined with the Japanesque Deep Yellow, it makes a beautiful pale blonde color.

As a note, the usual acryl/acryla gouaches are lovely smooth paints, but the Japanesque colors have a slightly gritty texture, which makes a nice contrast.

For her shirt and hat, I wanted a boy’s/men’s style shirt. The sort of thing I sold at Chess King as a teenager, so I chose a blue and white stripe.

For the hat, I used the Japanesque pale blue for the background color and added stripes of pastel blue and titanium white.

Hat closeup

I also chose to paint her eyes with touches of the colors found in her shirt.

Once I was ready to paint the background, I used my colorwheel to help me choose the color. Although, in this case, I chose two colors.

My two closest colors to the colorwheel’s suggestion were just a tiny bit too dark, so I lightened them with titanium white.

Painting the background
Finished painting

I’m very happy with the way she came out!

These are the brushes I used:

I hope you enjoyed today’s painting!

Published by sharietomlinson

I’m Sharie. Owner of Butterfly Bunny Studio. Mixed Media Watercolor Artist, Bunny & Disney Lover, Gardener, Proud Mother to Josh, Bunny Momma to Princess Buttercup Bunny and Wifey to Jason. I am located in Columbia, Md but I’m a Harford County girl at heart! You can find me on Etsy at and on Instagram at @notjoshsmom Email me at

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