Acrylic Painting: Flowers On Blue

Floral Acrylic Painting

Good afternoon friends!  We have made it to the weekend, yay! 🙂  Today I have this quick 11 x 14 acrylic painting on canvas – a simple, semi-abstract floral design on an aqua blue background.

The background was coated with Faber-Castell gelatos and DecoArt Media fluid acrylic paint in various shades of blue with water sprayed to form drips running down the canvas.  A baby wipe helped lift out some paint in areas to bring back sections of light.

Floral Acrylic Painting

Once dry, flowers were painted using (more…)

Video: In a Room Full of Art… Watercolor, Acrylic, Collage Painting

Mixed Media Art Journal In A Room Full Of Art

Hello lovely people and happy Monday to you all!  I have a message of love to share with you today, and a new mixed media process video!  This started off without a plan – just collaging some old book pages and covering most of it with gesso, leaving a few words and numbers visible.  I used Golden fluid acrylics in various shades of purple, turquoise, green and white along with a spray bottle and some stencils to create an interesting background.

Mixed Media Art Journal In A Room Full Of Art

I decided I wanted to try a portrait over this background, but after about 2 hours of fussing with it, it just wasn’t coming together so… away it went!  A coat of gesso and a large sheet of scrapbook paper took care of that!  Instead I took it in a new direction: a large heart with a quote I read recently that made me smile. 🙂  I got to play with my Elegant Writer pen – a calligraphy marker than activates with water, creating a wonderful inky look.   The ink turns various shades of black, purple and green when wet.  Watercolors, Kuretake Zig pens and Neocolor II crayons went on as well…  I take “mixed media” to the limit! 😀

Mixed Media Art Journal In A Room Full Of Art

I tried to use opaque white ink and letter stamps to make the quote, but the ink was not cooperating so I used a Posca paint pen to write it out myself.  Lettering is not my strength, but I think it came out okay!  I finished it off with some doodles and it was done!

Mixed Media Art Journal In A Room Full Of Art

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Mixed Media Art Journal In A Room Full Of Art


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Acrylic Portrait Painting: Fearless Art & Expression

Fearless Art Portrait Acrylic Painting

Hello everyone!  I hope you are having a fantastic week!  Today I am sharing an acrylic painting that was inspired by Annie Hamman’s Fearless Expression lesson in Life Book 2016.  This was an exercise in just diving in, playing and having fun, experimenting with new colors and strokes and not being concerned about the end result.  To not be so precious with the painting.  If you have a child – switch out with them, let them take over for a bit and don’t be afraid of them “messing up” your work!

If you don’t have children, like me, then switch out with your inner child!  Go at the painting with the intention of just “seeing what happens” if you throw paint there, or try out that crazy color…

I have to tell you – when you let go of that worry and that need to be precise and churn out a masterpiece, WOW!  It is liberating, and FUN!

Fearless Art Portrait Acrylic Painting

I did sketch this girl out beforehand, but she formed her own personality as the paint was applied.  Artist’s Loft and Liquitex acrylic paint were used to add layer over layer.  I am still new to acrylics, so this was a small challenge for me, but going into it without fear was a big help!  I stopped when I started to get too fussy, and returned later when I loosened up again.  Posca paint pens in white and black finished up the details.

I dig her bold fiery hair.  🙂

Fearless Art Portrait Acrylic Painting

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Fearless Art Portrait Acrylic Painting

This was a fantastic lesson in the journey of letting go, and I will certainly be doing it again!  Experimenting with techniques and colors we wouldn’t have tried otherwise is also a great teacher.  How many opportunities do we miss because we are too afraid to try?

Thank you for stopping by today.  Go and grab some paints and paper or canvas and just dive right in and see where it takes you!   I’ll see you all soon!


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Video: Grunge Mandala With Tons Of Texture

Mixed Media Mandala Grunge

Hello and happy Monday! (Maybe “good luck” is a better Monday greeting?!)  I have something a little different for you today – a mixed media illustrated mandala on a grunge distressed background full of modeling paste texture.  This is also the first video I have posted to Youtube!  You can watch it below.  Please give it a thumbs up and subscribe if you would like to see more videos like this 🙂

This piece started off with a bright Dye-na-Flow pink, orange, and yellow sprayed background, but after working on it for a while my mood dropped, and so did the overall feel of the piece.  It became grungy and dark. It is fascinating how our mood and lives influence our art!  Painting the mandala with Posca paint pens helped brighten up the center, and in the end I think it is reminiscent of an Indian or middle eastern style.

Mixed Media Mandala Grunge

As you’ll see in the video, a lot of trial and error went into this.  Colors tried and failed, some mandala boo-boos… but I persevered!  I sure was happy when it was finished, though!

Thank you to Faith Evan-Sills – while I didn’t follow the steps of her mandala lesson (other than utilizing Posca pens), it did provide the inspiration to try one out 😀

Mixed Media Mandala Grunge

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Mixed Media Mandala Grunge

I hope you all have a fantastic start of the week and that you are inspired and create something magical today!  I’ll catch you all soon! 🙂


Word Of The Year 2016: Relax…

Mixed Media Art: Relax.  Breathe.  Enjoy

Hello friends!  This is a super fun and easy mixed media piece that celebrates my mantra for the year (and beyond!)…

Relax.  Breathe.  Enjoy!

So often, we get caught up in the end results rather than enjoy the process and the journey.  We worry that we aren’t good enough, or that it is taking too long, or that people (or worst of all, ourselves) won’t like what we make.  The inner critic rears its head too often, and it twists what we enjoy into something stressful or hurtful.  We get frustrated, and we walk away.

I spent years in this mindset, and as a result, I created very little.  I would enjoy others’ art.  I would research the heck out of different techniques and buy all of the materials… but then I froze when I sat down to actually DO it.  The few times I did start, I was immediately flustered and unhappy with the result.  Of course I was – I expected to create a masterpiece right off the bat, and I wasn’t appreciating the pure fun of playing with paints and pens and brushes!  I was focused on what I thought the result should be.

Does this sound familiar to you? 

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I’m going to sound like an infomercial for a second here when I say… I will share the secret with you! 😉   Psst… come closer…  okay.  Here it is.

RELAX!  You are good enough.  You are worthy.  You can create.  We all can create!

BREATHE!  Art is a process, not a destination.  Every time you pick up your materials, you are learning and evolving.  Allow yourself the freedom to play, to learn, to experiment, to make crazy works of art without trying to beat them into “perfection.”   They are all stepping stones in your journey, and every single one is necessary and beautiful in its own right.

ENJOY!   Art is fun!  Play with your paints and your stamps and your stencils.  Get your hands dirty!  Laugh at happy accidents.  Look at all the pretty colors!  And when you’ve gone as far as you can with a piece… grab another sheet of paper and do it again!  And again!  And never stop.  Why on earth would you stop? Look at all the fun you’re having! 😀  If your inner critic taps you on the shoulder… reply with “Yeah, yeah.  I’ll work on that bit next time.  Now let me get back to it! *throws paint around*”

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This was created on 11 x 14 hot press 140lb. watercolor paper.  Layers of collage papers (scrapbook paper, dictionary pages, sheet music) were adhered with matte medium.  Caran d’Ache Neocolor II crayons, acrylic paints, stencils added color and some letter stamps filled in the sentiment.  Hearts were also cut out of paper to use as DIY stencils with some spray inks.  Gesso was used on the background and in the hearts to mute the bright colors.

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Do you have a word of the year, or a new outlook on life or your art?   Please share it! 🙂

Many thanks to all for reading today.  I hope to see you soon!  Have a wonderful day!

Thank you to Tamara Laporte (willowing.org) and Life Book 2016 for the inspiration, motivation, and guidance – both for this piece of art and the positive outlook.  <3


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