Friday, January 12, 2018

Newsletter

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Casey - a new on demand lesson

have a new lesson for anybody that wants to focus on the mouth, particularly a mouth that shows just a bit of teeth. The lips are open slightly. I have just started creating lips this way and wanted to share with you my process. It is easier than you might think! And while I was painting the lips, I went ahead and painted a whole face for you. The video is about 24 minutes long and I walk you step-by-step through the process of drawing and painting a face and we will focus on lips that are slightly open.





  • $15
  • lifetime access
  • 1 video of real time creating - 24 minutes long
  • draw the face and placement
  • structure
  • using a few paint colors
  • eye shading
  • lip focus with PDF step-by-step tutorial for you to print out and follow along


  • SUPPLIES

    Thursday, December 28, 2017

    Once Upon a Princess

    So thrilled to announce my new online class, Once Upon a Princess!! My heart has been with Disney ever since the day I stepped foot in Disneyland for the first time back in 1995. I was a sophomore in college and my Basketball team went to play 3 games in California. One of the things we got to do was go to Disneyland. I was excited but when I walked inside the gates, something let loose in me. I was running around like a kid. I met Pluto, Goofy, and Chip and Dale. It released something in me that had lay dormant so many years. I felt like a kid! The only other thing that has matched that feeling is the feeling I get when I create art. A magic so intense, it must come out. 
    Let's harness the magic inside of us.....let's open ourselves up to exploration and play.....let's begin again as a child.....allowing her to play.....to set the Princess inside of us, FREE!! Get ready. Put on your tiara....get out your magic wand....because Fairy Godmother (in training) Mindy is about to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo(p)  you into a magical world of Princess journal paintings.
    We will be creating 7 Princesses in this class with mixed media supplies that are mainly watercolor and water-soluble based. We will be working in our watercolor journals. There will be time to reflect on why we identify with a certain Princess. There will be mood boards, color stories, and tons of inspiring content!



    details about the class at a glance:
    • Princesses we will create: 7 total with tons of video content. most lessons contain multiple videos
      1. Two journal pages of Rapunzel
      2. two lessons of Tinkerbell, a journal page and tag
      3. Cinderella and Fairygodmother journal spread
      4. Pochahontas journal spread
      5. Snow White
      6. Belle from Beauty and the Beast
      7. Self portrait Princess
      8. 20 total videos and counting
      (so far 7.5 hours of video content!)
      Now for the details about the class at a glance:
      • mood boards
      • water media/ water-soluble based class with some acrylics, pens, markers, etc.
      • class begins: January 29th, 2018
      • lessons post weekly (mondays)
      • $99 Early registration: through January 20th
      • $139 Regular registration: begins January 21st
      • 3 month payment plan available(based on $139 full price- $46.33 per month for 3 months)
      • 2.5 hours of Rapunzel alone!! over 2 journal pages shown here. (this will probably be the longest time running Princess)
      • this is by far my longest video run time stand alone class
      • There will be a Facebook group if I get 50 or more students
      Supplies: A list with links will be sent to you upon sign up. Please look for the welcome and supply list email (sent after sign up). If you'd like to have the supply list beforehand, please email me at mlacefield13@sbcglobal.net





    FAQ:
    How long will I have access to the course? Lifetime access. Videos are downloadable.
    Do I need all the supplies on the supply list? No, I am all about using what you have on hand. Any watercolors and water soluble materials will work just fine.
    Will there be a Facebook group? No, not for this particular class. We will focus on sharing inside the classroom and via a hashtag that I set up for you on instagram.



    Friday, December 8, 2017

    Giveaway winners announced!

    Congrats to Melanie Ritchie and Susana Tavares!! you have won an entry into my online class, Create YOUR own: Washi tape, pouches, and stickers. I'll be sending an invite to your email address. thanks to everyone who helped spread the word.

    Monday, December 4, 2017

    Create your own Washi tape, stickers, and pouches online offering

    Happy December everyone!! I am so excited about this new online offering. It is a bit different than any of my other classes because it's all about designing and creating your own line of pouches, washi tape and stickers! With the planner community exploding, this is an amazing way to reach a huge audience of those folks who use a daily planner and who create planner art. I mean we can all use more stickers and washi in our lives right?! Annnndddd.....the pouch is the perfect size to hold your stickers and washi to carry with your planner! Perfect!



    The only problem I found is how do I create these wonderful things? I mean, there is society 6 and other on-demand print options. But they are not very cost effective to resell in your shop or at craft fairs, nor have I found a place that can customize and create washi tapes. Until just a few months ago. I have found a contact that has been Awesome to work with. So far, I have designed 5 styles of washi tape. The first set of tapes sold out within 24 hours and when I launched my pouches, there was a frenzy of activity in my shop too. I love that Etsy has evolved and allowed production partners for your shop so that you can sell these amazing products.

    I will be revealing my partners and walking you through the design process to create your own tapes, pouches, and stickers. It really is easier than you might think, but I do feel you need some direction of Where to go and How to go about it. This is where I come in. I walk you through photoshop and one other easy online program to create your designs. I give you ordering specifics and the ins and outs of minimum order quantities and exactly how to order with my partners.

    Here are some things to consider before signing up:

    Supplies:
    • high speed internet
    • MAC or PC (I'll be using a Mac)
    • photoshop (*for stickers and one demo alternative for washi)
    • images scanned in at 300dpi (*I will not be covering scanning in class)


    class details:
    • class begins January 1st, 2018
    • Early registration $49 through December 26th, lifetime access
    • Regular registration begins December 27th --> $59
    • I show you exactly, step-by-step (through a recorded screen video of how to layout and design your pouch, washi and stickers) as well as how to go about ordering. Each partner is a bit different.
    • I layout all the measurements and walk you through (via video) how to get your images/art into a form ready for your products.
    • examples of image files, and written directions, tips, and reminders
    • exact links to partners website, ordering, and email addresses you'll need
    • I'll be working with a MAC, but you can also use a PC. (*directions in photoshop may be slightly different)
    • MOQ of the washi tapes (for 1 design) is 50 rolls (so this requires about an initial investment of around $100). each design order is 50 rolls minimum. so if you have 3 designs, you will be required to order 150. this is for the partners to keep costs down. they cannot make small runs of these tapes
    • *no minimum order for pouches
    who this class is designed for:
    • someone with a library of images/art
    • someone looking to get their own washi tapes, pouches and/or stickers printed to resell
    • someone who has basic computer skills with double clicking, dragging, resizing, etc
    • **sticker designs will require photoshop. with Washi, I'll show you two methods (one with and one without using photoshop) for pouches, you won't need photoshop.
    • basic knowledge of photoshop CS6 for creating stickers
    • someone with a scanner to scan in their artwork
    • someone who is in search of a washi tape, pouch, and sticker strategic partner.
    who this class is NOT designed for:

    • someone who doesn't have a scanner to scan images
    • someone who doesn't have several images/art to use in the products
    • someone who doesn't have basic computer skills
    • someone without high speed internet

    What you'll need before we start:
    1. a scanner - I will not cover scanning in class but you'll need to have artwork scanned in at 300DPI. I use an EPSON v700 photo scanner. Here is the updated version
    2. photoshop - *for stickers mainly. but I'll also show you an additional method for creating washi in photoshop too. I use CS6. You can download a trial version of photoshop or sign up for the creative cloud. Photoshop is an investment that is well worth it. I will NOT be covering basic photoshop skills but I'll be showing you exactly how to create these. If you want to learn more about photoshop, I recommend signing up for a class on Lynda.com
    3. a small investment of about $100 to purchase washi tapes. - *if/when you decided to order

    here are some examples of these items I've designed:






    update: congrats to Susana Tavares and Melanie Ritchie.....you have won the giveaway!!
    I need your help spreading the news about this class -  
    • 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 (tag me if you like: @mindy_lacefield), or Facebook, etc
    • come back here and let me know - leave your name, email address, and how you shared (***your posts will not be published to protect your email for spammers)
    • drawing will be done on December 8th, 2017


    Thursday, November 30, 2017

    ETSY shop update! (and the printer I use to make prints)

    My Etsy shop has just been updated! These 3 ornaments are the last ornaments I'll be making for the season. My supply of these fantastic flat rounded plastic ornaments is gone.,...I won't have any more available unless I can find some good plastic ones to paint. I also have a beautiful mermaid 3x9" painting and several tags. Also, I have new prints of Miss Goodie Gumdrops. My old printer decided to start printing crooked and decided it was time for a new one. It is here and is making AWESOME prints!


    This HP printer is the printer I use to make prints. I've had an older version of the same machine for years. The is a fantastic upgrade and is super quiet too. makes stunning prints

    Wednesday, November 29, 2017

    journaling Star Wars style!


    I grew up watching the Star Wars franchise and I am so super excited about upcoming movie, The Last Jedi VIII. And I am really having fun journaling and remembering what I love about the movies. I wouldn't say I am into painting exquisitely detailed landscapes or guns or light sabers...although that would be super cool too!  But I can say, I am bringing you all the wonderful things I love about Star Wars.... Princess Leia and the Ewoks. right?!? Who's with me?! I want this to be a celebration of the upcoming movie and nostalgia for the movies from the first 3 films. I have two fun lessons for you to get you in the Star Wars frame of mind. The class starts on the movie launch date, December 15th. So get your journals and light sabers (ie. watercolor pencils) ready to have some journaling fun!
    The details at a glance:
    • watercolor journaling class using chic sparrow insert
    • 2 lessons: Princess Leia and Ewok-land
    • 1:15 of real time video content total
    • Class starts: December 15th, 2017
    • $20
    • lifetime access
    • videos are downloadable



    SUPPLY LIST
    paint colors:
    Daniel Smith watercolors - under sea green, cascade green, rich green gold, Terre ercolano, raw umber, zoisite genuine, French ultramarine blue, Paynes gray, sodalite genuine, anthraquinoid scarlet, black tourmaline genuine, duo chrome cactus flower
             --->>OR  Prima Decadent Pies palette and Pastel dreams palette 
    copper candles - gold watercolor. If you already have the Happy Birthday palette of hers, then this is included in that palette)
    silver color in decadent pies palette (for painting R2. if you already have something silver then use that!)
    other stuff you'll need:
    bulldog clips to secure your pages while working.
    chic sparrow insert size narrow (8.25 x 4.5") - blank ---->> use code MINDY10 to save 10% in her shop 
    **Da Vinci brush - size 1(this is one of my favorite brushes but it's totally optional)
    old toothbrush