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Friday, November 17, 2017

Mexican Folk Art Marionette Puppets Alcohol Ink PPF

ACEO size art, done for a challenge on Facebook
2.5 x 3.5 inches

This pair of marionettes remind me of my roots as "Penny Puppet" because for 10 years I was a puppeteer doing hand puppets, marionettes and ventriloquism.

All marionettes are puppets, but not all puppets are marionettes. Think about it. There are hand puppets, shadow puppets, etc.

I love working with the bright colorful alcohol inks on photo paper (cheaper than yupo) and this time I did not trace or sketch beforehand. I just picked up a brush and started painting. They sort of appeared like this. I think I will not put any background since they are hanging in mid air, like marionettes do, but most of the time these are all tangled up and it can take a lot of time to get them straightened out!

I am leaving the bits of color outside of the lines as well, because the liner work was done last, so it defines the figures, and the extra dashes of color are part of their charm!


  1. These are so cute and remind me of puppets we used to have from Mexico. Great job with the alcohol inks. Happy PPF

  2. Ohhh I love these!!! Wonderful bright colors.

  3. Great art on the puppets. Blessings, Janet PPF