As you see from my Little Mermaid post, I am taking Tamara Laporte’s Ever After series, which is an artistic style development course focused around fairy tales. We follow the lessons closely, and then we sort through our likes, dislikes, and feelings about the lesson to help us define our own style. Credit for the composition and design of these pieces of art goes to the teachers, until we work on our own fairy tale interpretations later on. 🙂
Andrea Gomoll teaches the second lesson, focused on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Andrea paints and illustrates cute girls and creatures with large eyes, innocent expressions, and lots of bright colors and layers.
She teaches techniques in watercolor, illustrative line work, collage and gel medium layering. I have learned that I am no watercolor painter… not yet, at least! I enjoy the look of watercolor washes and more abstract painting (I like the background and the fuzzy rose petals falling) but I do not yet know how to color in a drawing with the paints without it resulting in splotches of color. This lesson was a challenge!
I am also learning that I prefer a more imperfect looking girl with smaller features rather than the cute youthful look presented here, and more painterly rather than illustration style. I also will probably steer away from “fan art” type pieces. I enjoy the idea of interpreting an old fairy tale, but would like to do it in my own way rather than model it after an established and recognized style.
I could also go into a bit of a rant about the actual story of Beauty and the Beast – as much as I enjoy the animated film as a movie, I have issues with the story and the message. I don’t see it as a story about looking beyond appearances. The beast was a horrible person, hence why he was transformed. Frankly, his appearance matched his interior. Beauty was a prisoner that grew attached to her captor. The beast was the one that was supposed to learn a lesson – what did he learn? A beautiful girl turned up at his doorstep. He locked her up. He got to keep her in the end.
In other words, I can pretend this piece of art is a different love story, else I just see it as depicting a very sad situation.
Despite that, this lesson was packed full of information and Andrea is a wonderful teacher. This was out of my comfort zone but I persevered and learned so much. Thank you, Andrea!
I’ll see you guys soon – Snow White comes next!
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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!
Thanks all – I’ll catch you soon!
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.
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Happy happy Friday, lovely people! Are you ready for weekend fun? It’s the time of year where art and gardening are going to be playing tug-of-war with my time… but nature also provides wonderful inspiration, ideas, and reference for beautiful artwork. If you need a creative boost, spend some time at your local park, botanical garden, or your own backyard and see what happens!
Today I am sharing an easy watercolor greeting card that resembles a hand/brush lettering technique, but actually requires no lettering skill at all! Woohoo! Do you need watercolor skill, though? Nope! Yippee!
Step 1: Print out your word in a font you like
Select a font and size it for your piece. You can print this on plain printer paper – the paper itself will not be used on the card.
Step 2: Trace and fill in the word on your watercolor card with embossing pen
Lay the printout and your watercolor paper on top of your light pad or bright screen. Use a clear embossing pen to trace and fill in the letters. I worked on embossing a few letters at a time, since my word was fairly large and I didn’t want the embossing ink to dry out before I could adhere the powder.
This would also work well with masking fluid or a masking pen instead of embossing. This embossed technique will create a raised surface, while masking fluid will reveal the bare watercolor paper at the end.
Remember that the printout can just be a guideline – you can deviate from it and make it your own! Change the letter shapes, add swooshes, play with it!
Step 3: Cover in embossing powder and set with a craft heat tool
Cover your word with the powder. Just like glitter, you can dump the excess powder onto a sheet of paper and fold it to pour back in the jar. Use a crafting heat tool to melt the powder. Repeat steps 2-3 if you are doing your word in sections.
Step 4: Time to watercolor!
Wet the paper around the word, and dab in some color. The paint will spread throughout the wet sections of paper. The design of the background and the color palette are up to you. Go with whatever makes you smile!
Step 5: Add additional details (optional!)
If you’d like, you can add some watercolor splashes by tapping a loaded paintbrush over the card. Here I also added some shading with colored pencil and graphite, and some white dots with a Posca paint pen. This is also the step when you would remove your masking fluid if you opted for that over the embossing.
Design or write the interior card however you like, and you are done!
Have a joyous weekend everyone! 🙂