Beauty and the Beast Mixed Media Art: Ever After Lesson 2

Beauty and the Beast Mixed Media Art

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!

Beauty and the Beast Mixed Media Art

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.

Beauty and the Beast Mixed Media Art

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.

Beauty and the Beast Mixed Media Art

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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The Little Mermaid Mixed Media Art: Ever After Lesson 1

The Little Mermaid Mixed Media Art

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.

The Little Mermaid Mixed Media 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.)

The Little Mermaid Mixed Media Art

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!

The Little Mermaid Mixed Media Art

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Thanks all – I’ll catch you soon!

Video: Acrylic Mixed Media Portrait – Chrysalis

Mixed Media Acrylic Portrait Painting - Chrysalis

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.

Mixed Media Acrylic Portrait Painting - Chrysalis

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.

Mixed Media Acrylic Portrait Painting - Chrysalis

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.

Mixed Media Acrylic Portrait Painting - Chrysalis

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Mixed Media Acrylic Portrait Painting - Chrysalis

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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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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

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