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.
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.
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!
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!
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…)
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! 🙂
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?
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.
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 😀