Hello friends! I was sketching odd little whimsical beings, and this little fellow popped out, so I created a larger painting of him! He is done in various watersoluble media and colored pencil with a touch of acrylic, oil pastel and charcoal.
Time for something a little sweet! I completed this girl in one long sitting, and I have a video of the process below:
I did not have a plan – just went in with oodles of different paints and started getting them down onto the canvas. I varied my brush strokes and tools used, and also scribbled with different pencils to make random marks.
This girl was born by sketching right onto the painted background and filling her in with gesso. Pencils and paints colored her and gave her life. She looked like she needed a balloon (and then a crown) and so she got one! 🙂
More colorful paint and drips and marks were added. She was given some shadowing with a charcoal pencil, and she was done.
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.
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.)
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!
Good day wonderful people! 🙂 I had a bit of a break due to the studio organization and a family visit, but I am back today with a new mixed media art process video. A new girl has joined my portfolio! Her name is Chrysalis (thanks to a random dictionary page that showed up in the collage) and she was created mostly with watercolor Spectrum Aquablend pencils and acrylics – both Golden fluid and basic Americana craft paints.
You can watch the time lapse creation video below:
I wanted to try my hand at several painterly layers, and I had the idea of piling layers and designs into a girl’s hair flowing upward, and so she was born. I try to pay attention to color theory when selecting my palette, and this time I went with a primary triad of turquoise, magenta and yellow. These colors can make some beautiful mixes, as you can see in the spots of greens and purples on the painting, but for the most part I tried to keep the colors shining on their own.
I learned a few things during this process and other lessons were reinforced:
There is always an ugly stage (or five) where you will want to give up or you will wonder “Oh no, what did I do?!” but you need to trust the process and keep moving forward. It won’t start to come together until you add more layers and details!
It is okay to dive in with the paintbrush even if you don’t know where you are going with it. If you take too much time to plan it out, you may never go anywhere and you may be disappointed when the paper does not match the image in your head. Have fun with your mark making and later you can bring it all together.
You have to be willing to give up previous layers to get to a better place. There are going to be moments when you are afraid of “messing up” or losing a layer/design that you particularly like. If you are still in an early stage of the painting, you may need to let it go so the whole piece can grow and deepen. Remember, it is just paint, and you can bring something back later if you want!
Fine tip applicators take practice 😀
Golden fluids take a long time to dry when applied thickly or sprayed with water, so keep a few other in-progress pieces handy to work on in the meantime.
Greetings friends! Today I have a new mixed media art process video as promised. A new girl has come to life with the help of oodles of different paints, pencils and markers. She proved to be a lesson in perseverance and patience (I supposed most art is, at least when you are still new!) Some techniques worked as expected, and others, like the butterfly in her hair, did not even after several attempts. I learned that this just forces you to look at the art and your problem from a different angle, opening your eyes to new ideas.
Of course, there is always the old fallback: if you don’t like it or it is not working… cover it up! 🙂 Don’t be afraid to push a little out of your comfort zone to try new materials, techniques, colors, or subject matter. The process will teach you lessons you can take to your next piece of art, and the only way to get there is to keep experimenting!
This was my first play with Spectrum AquaBlend watercolor pencils! I don’t have much luck with fully dissolving watercolor pencil lines, so I took a wet brush to the tips of several skin tones to shade in her face. As usual, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens (what a mouthful!) were used for her hair and eyes, and Prismacolor colored pencils and Posca pens filled in details.
Modeling/texture paste by Liquitex added some interest to the background with the help of a stencil. Daniel Smith watercolors and Golden fluid acrylics were painted in vibrant purples and blues. Doodles are a fun way to add more detail to backgrounds.
I tried repeatedly to paint the butterfly in her hair, but, ack! No luck! So I dug into my papercrafting stash and found some die-cuts of flowers and butterflies. These saved the day! I added more paint and markers to make them my own, and the piece was complete. Yay!
Watercolor Pencils (I used Spectrum AquaBlend. These are a little hard to find – I purchased mine from Hallmark Scrapbook)
Whew! I told you everything went into this art piece! 🙂 I hope this post and video have inspired you. Special thank you to Tamara Laporte at willowing.org for her teachings and inspiration. Please remember to subscribe here and over at my YouTube channel to check out future art and process videos.
Thank you everyone! I’ll catch you soon!
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