Saturday, May 7, 2016

Prima supply projects

I'd love to share with you some fun new projects that I have been working on since I've been playing with Prima's mixed media supplies. The watercolors are phenomenal! I love mixing them with the soft gloss gel. You are able to manipulate them and add subtle textures when painting the face. The watercolor pencils are incredible for adding details around the eyes, lips, nose....and even accenting the hair. They can then be activated with water or the soft gloss gel. The heavy white gesso is a must for creating lots of juicy texture before adding the watercolor on top. The watercolors then meander in the crevices to create the most beautiful distressed finish to the face.

supplies used:

Prima Watercolors - used in face and body
prima black gesso - painted in background then topped with alchemy paints
Alchemy paint - background
watercolor pencils - in face and mark making
heavy white gesso - 2-3 layers to build up lots of texture
soft gloss gel - to activate and hold the watercolor and w/c pencils
oil pastels - smudged around face
watercolor paper - cold press
Finnabair glitter and shimmer - in crown

oil pastels

The oil pastels, when activated with the the soft gloss gel is killer for adding subtle shading around the eyes and nose. Tap the oil pastel in with small dots and then add a small bit of gloss gel and tap the gel in with a brush (and with your finger to finish if you like).

Here is another project I created using only Prima products. The colors are so beautiful and work well together.

Here is a close-up of the same projects using the alchemy paints and the soft gel to create subtle shading in the face. The oil pastels and watercolor pencils are also featured here in the hair and below the neck. (again activated with either water or the soft gloss gel). They are a powerful combination....the gel and the watercolor products!

supply eye candy!!

Prima Watercolors - these are not your ordinary cheap watercolors. They have exquisite artist quality potency and are amazing when activated with water and moved with the soft gloss gel.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Paint Like a Child winners

Congrats to Stephanie Muth and Belen have won a spot in the Paint Like a child journaling online class!! The drawing was done via a random number generator.

thank you so much for helping to spread the word about this class.

I did want to mention that I have had a couple folks say they were spammed and I think it was due to leaving your emails that is why all the comments have been deleted. thanks for understanding and my apologies in case you were one of the ones that were sent a spam email.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Paint Like a Child journaling online class!!

It took me 4 years to paint like Raphael and a lifetime to paint like a child - Picasso
It is so true. Children are true artists in every sense of the word. They don't question themselves and have such a raw quality to how they create. To get back to that place of creating like a child is my ultimate goal as an artist. I believe through working in a journal, the walls are a bit broken down. I feel more at ease with playing and not worrying about the outcome. If I find myself getting to tight, I reach for my favorite tool!! (more about this in class!) 
I will be your guide through this childlike play and give you some tools....literal and figurative to achieve a looseness and rawness just as kids do. I still struggle with staying loose, but it is where I want to be. I don't think there is any right or wrong way to create art or journal. It is about bringing a child-like mind to the table and playing for the sake of playing. It's about getting quiet and listening to what we need to journal about. It is healing for us. We don't have to carry around all that makes up our past....or present for that matter. We can come to the page and release what is there....whether it be negative or positive. To release is to give life to the positive and bury the negative. That is the beauty of art. It fixes. It saves. It is my realm of sanity.
I'll give you lots of ideas and prompts to carry you through this journaling escape. Come with a child-like beginners mind and let's PLAY!!
Invite your kids to join you too!!

click here to-------->>> REGISTER
  • Class begins June 6, 2016 (self study after that date. sign up anytime)
  • Early Registration $35 now through May 16th.
  • Regular registration $49 starts May 17th.
  • 5 full projects (including 4 journal spreads and the cover)
  • new techniques and happy accidents
  • lifetime access (as long as I have this platform)
  • projects will post mondays, wednesdays, and fridays.
  • hashtag sharing on instagram (no FB group)
  • see how to enter DRAWING BELOW

Check out the teaser video!

Paint free and uninhibited!


I need your help spreading the news about Paint Like a Child
  • I'm going to give away 2 spots. (if you've already signed up, no worries....if you win, I'll refund your money)
  • Please share this blog post link on your blog, pinterest, instagram, or Facebook
  • come back here and let me know - leave your name, email address, and how you shared
  • drawing will be done on April 27th, 2016 (also please leave your email on your comment so that I can send you an invitation to the class if you win)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I'm teaching in Colorado Springs in August

Check it out and register 

nner Radiant Child with Mindy Lacefield

2-day workshop
Aug 19th & 20th  10-5 each day (bring a lunch)
$250 class fee + $10 kit fee 

Join me as we revisit our 7 year old selves and the uninhibited play of creating! We will learn to let go and have fun as we get messy with color and mark making. We will paint intuitively and embrace the mistakes and happy accidents as they happen. Once those mistakes are brought forth we can celebrate and use them as a catalyst for direction. The work begins to speak to us. We react. We respond with quick movements and subtle mark making. We are here to create from a place of not worrying about the outcome. We aren’t bodies creating “something”. We are souls creating what’s inside, that which is wanting so desperately to get out. There is no better medicine and healing than finding yourself in a mark….in a combination of color….in a shape. We will explore and pull out that which you may not have known was inside!

We will play and get our hands messy in paint. My instruction is very intuitive with short break-out demos so that you can have plenty of time to play. I’ll show you specifics like how I paint faces and a couple different ways that you can pose your girl whether she be sitting on a cupcake or standing in a field of poppies.

Student Supply List  
(always check with Blue Twig for availability of supplies)
3-5 12x12” or 10x10” wood panels  (or anything you like working on. journal, watercolor paper, canvas, etc)
prismacolor graphite pencil - 6b or 8b
catalyst wedge - no 6 (gray)
white gesso
black gesso
ephemera - old book pages, song books, old receipts, tissue paper
collage pauge or mod podge - matte
1" foam brushes 
set of brushes - I like hogs hair and dina wakley brushes
gallery neon pastels 
prismacolor colored pencils - a few of your favorite colors will be fine
foam stamps
white paint pen - water based
container for water, paper towels, palette paper (paper plates are fine), apron

paint colors:
any colors you love working with
paynes gray 
matte colors (I love---> green blue light, orange light, brilliant magenta, amethyst, white, sage blue)
heavy body white paint

$10 kit fee includes
stabilo graphite pencil
how to paint a face tutorial
painting prompts tutorial
bleeding art tissue
stamps to share
neon paint to share
quin. nickel azo gold
deli paper
ephemera to share
spray inks and paints to share
washi tape to share
glitter media to share
Mindy Lacefield

Register by clicking this link or calling the shop. Note that this is a traveling teacher, so be sure to register early! 


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Beloved 20 drawing project

I have had a few folks request that this particular project be made available separately for purchase from the 24 Faces Project. (if you are in that class, this is included so please don't register. it's coming on friday as a bonus! yay!) But if you aren't in the 24 Faces Project and would like to create this girl she is available here. This class contains a 20 minute video with me walking you through each and every movement in real time. I hope you'll join in!

Friday, April 1, 2016

New Journal work

I am feeling a need to get back into my journal.....and just staying off of all the different types of social media. This vulnerable feeling comes up every so often and it seems that Facebook is where I feel most raw and exposed. I sometimes feel too available...too at the tips of I am coming here to share my art with you. To share my feelings the best way I know how.

It's at these times, I realize that I am evolving. I crave solitude in its most raw form. To be away from the talk with The void out all else. To escape into nature where I hear His voice more clearly. 

Have you ever felt this need?

I feel I am talking to God without words. Stillness (through mind) and working with paint (through hands) is how He likes to talk to me. And He sometimes shows up in words when I am open and flowing.

You see as a child....manipulation, fear, and guilt were utilized. And they are still trying their best to use them on me to this date. I am realizing that those things do not belong here. They are like a square peg trying to go into a round hole. I don't have to carry around worry. I do not have to carry around fear. I do not have to carry around guilt. I do not have to carry it around because it does not belong to me. These things dim the light with a veil of darkness that makes me sick to my stomach.

Yes, I have allowed it in the it had my name all over it to fix.  I've been put in the middle of it (yes by my own allowing...I'll own that)...pulled between......"oh Mindy will say something that will fix everything".......and "oh if Mindy were here things would be different". I can't fix what needs to be fixed. I can pray. Geesh, sometimes I don't even know what to pray but I pray that I can pray what needs to be prayed. It is complicated and messy. It is a life that I grew up in and I refuse to let it be my life now. It is not mine. I have created a creative, lit, happy life.....where the light is shining.

I am carrying around this light and that square peg....well I don't even have to acknowledge it anymore. Because now I am free. Because of forgiveness. Because of the love of Christ. With Him there are only round holes of love. And I will love anyway. And I will Trust. I will continue this journey of life with Light.....and round holes....and love....and faith....and all the colors of the rainbow. Because this is the path he laid for me. What a detriment to follow a path of worry, drama, defeat, guilt, and shame when His path is so clear.

I love this quote from A Course in Miracles: "Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the Peace of God".

Here are my reals:
Poodles... :-D
Talks with God through stillness and paint

I'm holding up my reals and yelling as loud as I can.....these cannot be threatened!!!!

Here are some things you can do when you feel the gremlins and fear coming after you:

  • donate to a cause
  • send a friend a letter through the mail (or a package of neat stuff that they love)
  • go for a walk 
  • cuddle your animals (if you have them. if you don't go visit friends that have them. cuddle)
  • pray
  • paint and silence that voice
  • write and silence that voice
  • give a compliment to a stranger
  • buy the car behind you coffee
meanwhile those voices, gremlins, and fear don't know where or what to do because they don't belong in the above activities. They are immediately silenced!

Please share with me your reals and what you are grateful for in your life.....

Please also share with me, what happy things you do to ward off these fears and worries and gremlin voices.....

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Paint You Peace.

I wish that I could paint you peace.
It is illusive.
And then sometimes all consuming
My hope is in the hopeful
because you are a child of the Most High God.
In His hand you have wings.

His hands wrap around you.
Engulfing you in what you thought unreachable.
You are at the top of the most high mountain
you soar

You become a super-hero.
Because Peace lies in the hand of God
And you are held there.
Held high

Oh I wish I could paint you Peace
But for now, I will paint
I will paint for you
for me
for all that is love and true
for my Savior
my colors point to the One.

Peace is my word for 2016. What is yours?

Poem inspired by John 1:32-34 that says:
"Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”f

Isaiah 55:12
12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.