Saturday, October 1, 2016

Prima Product Pick Project

This month I had the joy of creating a project from the incredible Prima products that are featured here.  Aren't the colors and textures just incredible? It has such a cozy, yet elegant feel.....! I created a fairy who's in charge of tending the flowers and sprinkling around a bit of magic. She embodies innocence and joy.
I laid down down color first with the Color Bloom Sprays in Sugar Plum and Black Tulip. After drying, I used the floral stencil to add dimension and depth to the bed of flowers. I used the new Rossibelle flowers and leaves and sprinkled a little magic dust (Finnabair's art stones) for texture. 

Using the beautiful new Memory hardware artisan powder in Parisian Rose, I tinted her cheeks, lips, and nose. Tip: if you mix a tiny bit of soft gloss gel and the powder, you'll achieve a rich color. I like to dip my brush in the gel then pick up a little powder on my brush. Using the sequins, flowers, and art stones I created her lovely dress and headband. 

I hope you enjoy and continue to sprinkle magic wherever you go!!

soft gloss gel - 961435

other materials
stabilo pencil
paynes gray golden fluid acrylic
blick matte acrylics: amethyst, white yellow orange light

Monday, September 26, 2016

Miss Princess ornament

Cinderella is one of my all-time favorite movies. When I was a child, I watched movies over and over again, especially in the summer as a way to escape the hot weather (as well as a mental escape).
I love using the characters from these movies as inspiration for some of my ornament work. For this Miss Princess ornament, I used the art stones and pearls adhered with soft gloss gel to create a stunning texture area at the top of the ornament. And I finished it off by adding a couple flowers wrapped around the top and as a feature point on the back. Remember to sprinkle a little magic wherever you go!

supplies used:
pink box flowers - 590734
soft gloss gel - 961435

I just received my ginormous design team box the other day and I just HAD to over-haul my studio. I love how everything is super organized and neat. Now I can get even more creative:

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Prima Stencil work

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catalyst wedge or palette knife
wood board

I adore stencils!! I love using the texture paste on top of a black gessoed wood board. The effects are stunning. Then to enhance the designs with the Prima oil pastels and paints really makes them pop. One of the tricks that I love to do is to extend the design out by drawing similar designs out from the stencil work. I think this helps "marry together" the elements of the background. Also, combining organic shapes and geometric shapes are one of my favorite ways to use stencils.

Here is a short video of the process. enjoy!!

Sunday, September 4, 2016


I am so excited to announce I'll be teaching for Wanderlust next year! I hope you'll join us in this journey.....

Wanderlust is whole year long journey - an online event offering you videos from 24 guest teachers and 2 resident teachers on weekly basis (each one is full length, high quality and downloadable), access to the Wanderlust Community with a supportive and friendly atmosphere, where all classes are gathered. You will also find there various activities that will stimulate your creativity and motivate you to simply enjoy the process of making art. Together with the class you will also get an exclusive whole year discount to leading art and craft retailers..
Wanderlust class is the perfect alternative to in-person classes!

Buy Wanderlust 2017 before 31st December 2016 and save 20%!
Early Bird Price - £79! (regular price £99)
Now it’s a great time to buy the class to take advantage of the current exchange rate!

Follow the teacher's reveals every day on Everything Arts Social Media. Every day somebody new!
As far revealed are: Mary Wangerin, Wilna Furstenberg, Amanda Grace, Alena Hennessy., Guiana and Jessica Sporn

click HERE to see the incredible video teaser

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lil Watercolor Faces

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I love creating small faces as a practice in my daily face painting journey. Using the Prima Watercolors is a fun, quick way to experiment with shapes and color. I love playing with color and lots of little facial features. I used the oil pastels and colored around the faces to create a whimsical, childlike background. I hope you enjoy and I challenge you to create your own little set of faces!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Think About such Things

I am so thrilled about this latest project that I created for Prima! This Angel was created by cutting out a cardboard shape and paper-mache-ing found papers onto the body to create beautiful textures. I then painted the whole figure with the heavy body white gesso. After letting it dry, I used the incredible Prima oil pastels to add color and texture to the face and body. The watercolor pencils and stabilo graphite pencil served as a way to finish with detail around the facial well as adding scripture inside the body. I added some sparkle to the crown with Finn's wonderful glitter (adhering it with the soft gloss gel). 

Here is the scripture that I used:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. - Phillipians 4: 8

here are the supplies used:
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stabilo graphite pencil
collage papers

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Lorelei the Mermaid

I love painting Mermaids! I love their flowy fins and elegant silhouette. These things make for a fun watercolor project on the Prima watercolor panel. I first sketched out my mermaid with the no. 88 watercolor pencil (in the earth tones set). This color is a perfect light yellow to softly sketch out and water down if you need to make any corrections. I then used the classic and decadent pies Prima watercolor sets to paint my girl and the background .....can't forget the bubbles and starfish. I also used a white paint pen to add some soft highlights in the eyes, bubbles, and shells :-)
I hope you enjoy!

Supplies used: