The Little Mermaid Mixed Media Art: Ever After Lesson 1

The Little Mermaid Mixed Media Art

Hello everyone!  I am taking a new course which I can already highly recommend:  Tamara Laporte’s Ever After series.  Tamara and about a dozen guest teachers take you on a fairy tale art journey, and if you also subscribe to Module 2, along the way you are guided towards discovering your personal style & what makes you tick as an artist.  Before I even started the first lesson, I learned quite a bit about what I am seeking in my art.

The Little Mermaid Mixed Media Art

Tamara leads the first lesson based on The Little Mermaid.  This version is more of an empowered girl that doesn’t give up everything she is, and has a strong relationship with her female companions, including her sisters and the sea witch (Ursula.)

The Little Mermaid Mixed Media Art

This was a classic “Tam-style” painting, which as you can see in my gallery, I enjoy emulating.  I like the combination of media – water soluble crayons, colored pencils, collage.  The point of the style development course is to follow the artist’s lesson closely, so you can determine what you like/don’t like.  So, I can not take any credit for the composition and design of this piece!  However, I am already seeing the subtleties of “me” in the lessons. 🙂

If you would like to learn more about how this was created, I encourage you to sign up for the course!

The Little Mermaid Mixed Media Art

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Thanks all – I’ll catch you soon!

Watercolor Cupcake Bunny & Art Studio Cleanup!

Watercolor Cupcake Bunny

Hello wonderful friends!  A late post today due to too much fussing with notification emails here.  If this message is brought to you by a wonky email, I’ll try again next time! 😉

I have been busy this week cleaning up the ol’ studio, so art making is temporarily on hold… as you can see, I’m sort of an art supply junkie, and I’m not neat about it!  Oh my!

Art Studio - Before

Art Studio - Before

The studio is in my unfinished basement to keep the mess and any smells or fumes away from my parrot (I’m sure you will all meet him here soon…), so it’s not quite the kind of art space you’ll see in magazines or on Pinterest.  I hope when I am done remodeling, it will at least provide hope and inspiration to others that are stuck in “unpretty” spaces.  Finished pics and a tour will be posted soon!

In the meantime, I will share a cute bunny watercolor illustration I made during the holidays for my dear friends!

Watercolor Cupcake Bunny

This little guy was sketched out and then colored with Kuretake Zig Real Brush Pens and Caran d’Ache Neocolor II crayons.  I then drew cupcakes on watercolor paper, filled them in with the Kuretake markers (activated with water), cut them out and (more…)

Watercolor & Colored Pencil Quirky Bird

Quirky Bird Kuretake Zig Mixed Media

Hello hello everyone and happy mid-week to you!  I wanted to share a smaller 5 x7 solo mixed media birdie I did in Kuretake Zig watercolor pens and Prismacolor colored pencils… this is an extension of the Life Book 2016 “Quirky Bird” lesson from a couple of weeks ago.  This little pink gal is a self-portrait of sorts (I am a little kooky…) and was made as a gift for someone special that has been super awesomely supportive of my new art adventure.  The theme recently has been gratitude and appreciation, so making an art gift was a fun way to express those feelings! 🙂

Quirky Bird Kuretake Zig Mixed Media

This artwork started off as a quick sketch and was filled in with the Kuretake Real Brush pens and activated with water for a watercolor effect.  Colored pencils added some shading, and Posca paint pends completed the details.  The Kuretake markers come in such bright, cheerful colors, don’t they?

Quirky Bird Kuretake Zig Mixed Media

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Quirky Bird Kuretake Zig Mixed Media

I hope this has inspired you!  It is a simple drawing, but oh so enjoyable and quick to make.  You don’t have to worry about things like symmetry, or realism… just go nuts and have fun!

Thank you for visiting – I’ll catch you Friday! 🙂


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Quirky Bird Mixed Media Watercolor Painting

Watercolor Quirky Birds Mixed Media Art

Happy Friday lovely people!  I have more mixed media art for you, of course!  Are you ready for the weekend?  These birdies certainly look like they are set to have some fun! 🙂

It’s been a long week with work craziness, physical hurts and a series of events that led to a cracked Macbook that was worthy of a scene in “Final Destination.”  Eeep!  Still, this is a year of slowing down, calming (word of the year: relax!) and being grateful, so let’s stay on that path and take this moment to celebrate all of the big and little things that bring us joy.

Watercolor Quirky Birds Mixed Media Art

These quirky birds were one of Tamara Laporte’s Life Book 2016 art lessons.  How cute!   A fun course in honoring what and whom we are grateful for and embodying those characteristics in the birds.  I don’t even think people that know me well can decipher this one, but these cuties are a mix of family, friends, our zoo of pets, and myself.  🙂  I am blessed with people in my life that are loving, supportive, and all-around fun to know, and the process of this painting allowed me time to focus on appreciating having them in my world.

Watercolor Quirky Birds Mixed Media Art

Truly a mixed media painting, this is chock full of everything!  Sketched out onto 11 x 14 hot press watercolor paper, and then colored in with a mix of watercolors, Neocolor II crayons, and colored pencils.  Posca paint pens added details and highlights.  I’m pretty sure I threw some gesso and pastels in there, too…

Watercolor Quirky Birds Mixed Media Art

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Watercolor Quirky Birds Mixed Media Art

Stay tuned, another fun and quirky bird will be popping up here soon!   Have a wonderful and creative weekend, and let’s remember to take a moment to be thankful for that which is good in our lives.  🙂


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Zen Doodle Butterfly – Letting Go & Bringing In

Butterfly Zentangle Mixed Media

Happy Friday, wonderful people!  Today I have another completed Life Book 2016 lesson (thank you Tamara!) – a zendoodle butterfly drawn with a Posca Pen on a Dye-na-Flow ink background.  I put 3 cool-tone primary colors into little spray bottles, and sprayed them around.  Some water spritzes also helped the color move.  It coats the paper easily and blends into secondary colors beautifully!  It is waterproof when dry.

Trailing behind the butterfly is a stream of fears and negativity I’d like to let go of, while she is flying towards a bright sun of positivity.  It’s a wonderful healing exercise!

Take some time to ask yourself:  What do you want to let go of this year?   What do you want to bring into your life?

Butterfly Zentangle Mixed Media

Zen doodle (Zentangle) is a fun and relaxing method of doodling repeating patterns in divided spaces in your drawing.  Circles, stripes, spirals, diamonds, checkers – just about any repeatable pattern can look good here!  Just remember to vary how dark each section is (use different amounts of black) to keep them looking distinct.

It is easy to do, too!  This is my first full zen doodle drawing!

Butterfly Zentangle Mixed Media

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I hope everyone has lots of artsy things planned for the weekend! Make it a happy and positive one and I’ll catch you all soon! 🙂

Butterfly Zentangle Mixed Media


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