Video: PanPastel & Watercolor Portrait: Done Is Better Than Perfect

PanPastel Watercolor Mixed Media Portrait

Hello friends!  Happy Monday!   I am starting off the week with a new mixed media art process video for you – this simple but nutty red-head portrait done in watercolors, watercolor pencils, PanPastels and Faber-Castell Pitt black pen.  She was a quick but fun before-work project using basic techniques, which you can watch in the video below! 🙂

She was sketched loosely in Spectrum Aquablend watercolor pencil, with the lines later activated with water to soften them and provide some shading.  Green watercolor pencil was added for the eyes, as well as some black liner for basic details.  Holbein watercolors in red and yellow formed her hair, and PanPastel and more watercolor pencil defined it further.  She was blushed and given freckles at the end.

PanPastel Watercolor Mixed Media Portrait

I recently watched a lesson by Dina Wakley, and she said (more…)

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

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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

Supplies used:

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

Supplies used in this piece:

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! 🙂