Video: Watercolor & Acrylic Painting – Purple Winged Girl (With Modeling Paste)

Watercolor Acrylic Mixed Media Painting - Purple Girl

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!

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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.

Watercolor Acrylic Mixed Media Painting - Purple Girl

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.

Watercolor Acrylic Mixed Media Painting - Purple Girl

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 Acrylic Mixed Media Painting - Purple Girl

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Watercolor Acrylic Mixed Media Painting - Purple Girl

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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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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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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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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