Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Memorial day Sale !!

Memorial day sale on 
The 24 Faces project,
Soul Bird and 
Paint Like a Child !!
half off!
Enter Code: FREEDOM2017
coupon good through Monday, May 29th

click on pic to register:



you can also sign up through my etsy shop if it's easier (price is already marked down)

**1/2 off sale is only good on these three classes


(photo by the talented Kaitlin Monroe)

Also, don't forget that my new watercolor class 
starts June 5th:
(not on sale)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

New Card deck AND a video!

I just wanted to stop in and let you know that I have a new card deck available. This card deck is more streamlined, refined, and easier to follow than my old deck. This one is perfect for beginners or those looking to streamline and simplify your process. This deck also incorporates the drawing aspect that the other deck did not cover. yay for that!




I also created a video that corresponds with this process. I walk you step-by-step through the process explaining all the juicy details. You can sign up for the VIDEO here.


OR if you want to get them BOTH then head over to my etsy


If you've already purchased the card deck and would like to sign up for JUST the VIDEO, then head over to my class page.


Watercolor GIVEAWAY WINNER!!!!!

Congrats to Debbie Riddle!! you are the winner. I sent you an invitation to the classroom.....

thanks to everyone who helped spread the word about my new class!!

(ps. I will delete comments now to prevent spammers from getting your emails)



Monday, May 15, 2017

Watercolor Play and Discover online class

Join me as we dive in watercolor and strengthen our practice with a weekly video demonstration. This class will help you if you've never worked with watercolors and always wanted to. If you've tried and just can't get the hang of it, I'll lead you through a series of fun demo's to keep your hands moving and your mind interested in where watercolors can take your art. I feel like my art and muscle memory for creating has really strengthened since I decided to make watercolor a daily practice. We will work with faces but I'll also throw in some other goodies to keep you inspired. We will be working June through December this year and I just know that you'll grow and evolve with this weekly practice. If you've always wanted to LOVE watercolor but just couldn't get the hang of it, then join this amazing group of kindreds who will be there to share and support you through the journey. I can't wait to see your creations.


details:
  • 4 lessons a month June through December (24 lessons in all)
  • supportive FB group
  • Guest artist Sylwia Gryczuk
  • Class begins June 5th
  • Registration - $139 
  • Optional 4 month payment plan. Click the link below to sign up to be billed $34.75 for 4 months. (a total of $139)

Lesson examples are as follows:
  • creating a girl on a watercolor tag - loose play
  • painting circles and learning how the color works by overlapping
  • monochromatic girl
  • Unicorn girl using alternative colors for the features
  • learn how to use watercolor and all about it's intensity levels
  • combining watercolor and collage with gesso and auditioning out bits from your painted fodder
  • more to come as I continue to film....





































FAQ:

How long will I have access to the course? Lifetime access
Do I need all the supplies on the supply list? No, I am all about using what you have on hand. Any watercolor palette will be fine. I love the Prima palettes and will be using a few Daniel Smith colors but feel free to use what you like or already have.

If I fail to pay the 4 month payments will I lose access to the class? Yes, if you fail to make a payment, my course platform will remove you from the class. The workshop is set up using the Ruzuku platform and after 3 failed attempts to charge your card, (via stripe)... the platform automatically removes you from the course. If you have any questions about this, please contact me inside the classroom. thanks!

SUPPLY LIST
papers
tag pad - Julie nutting watercolor tags 3.5x8.5
scratch watercolor paper or pad - I use the 6x6 prima pad
Strathmore ready cut hot press watercolor paper: 8x10 and 5x7

watercolors - any sets are fine but I'll be using Prima palettes:
pastel dreamsdecadent pies, and the basic set (basic set is optional and a great base starter set)

optional materials:
Tanager turquoise pan - from Pfeiffer art supply
Daniel smith - Hematite Violet GenuineSodalite genuine (you can also try and test these colors out with the 66 color Try it Sheet)
*optional Daniel Smith colors: Piemonite genuineRed Fuchsite genuine (also on 66 dot try it sheet)
Prima color blooms: (any colors are fine) but my favorites are Gold foilsoft teal, and frost, sunshine

Brushes:
Da vince brush  i use this da vinci brush   --->> quill size 2   (yikes, I realized it is SO expensive so try using what you have) 

other items
ceramic palette for mixing
caran d'ache - neocolor ii's set of 10 or 15 will be great
spray bottle - for wetting watercolors
watercolor pencils - the number 90 pencil is a great color to use and is in the Julie Nutting skin tone pack. All the others are fantastic as well! 
bleed proof white (for fixing boo boo's and softening colors)
tim holtz plain tissue

I need your help spreading the news about Watercolor Play and Discover
  • I'm going to give away 1 spot. (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 May 18th, 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Original journal



I get to tell Live my Story


Not long ago I was afraid. and then something told me I didn't have to every be afraid again. He said, you don't ever have to feel that way again. So I believed Him.

At home again.
A star so bright

There is Magic inside. 
All you have to do is open your eyes.
Awake, my love!



This journal has been Sold. thank you!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Primitive Portraits - Rebooted

Join me into a reboot of my very popular Primitive Portraits class series! This class is all about getting back to the basics and allowing ourselves to enjoy the process of painting faces quickly and applauding that they are primitive, raw, and undone. I have overworked my portraits many times and wish I would have let them be more raw. There is an innocence and beauty in the simplicity of expression and emotion. The viewer is left with to interpret on their own. I like to say, "you don't always have to give the viewer every little detail." Sometimes things get lost when it's all given. Let's leave some room for mystery and beauty....and primitiveness.














details:
  • class begins May 8th, 2017
  • Early registration $55 through May 7th
  • Regular registration $69 begins May 8th
  • 8 videos that will post twice a week on Mondays and Fridays (so you can get a creative boost for the weekend)
  • we will explore with watercolor, gesso, acrylic paint, and other media.
  • Supply list will be available when you sign up (be sure and check your welcome email)
  • limited supply list - hello restraint!
  • Lifetime Access
  • downloadable videos
  • FB private group
Projects include:
  • Primitive Angel
  • Primitive Mermaid
  • Inky small portraits
  • Rustic kokeshi dolls
  • raw pencil, gesso, inky work
  • and more
FAQ:
Do I need to take the previous Primitive Portraits 1, 2, or 3 to sign up for this class?
No. This is a stand alone class.















































Supply list:  (keep in mind, there may be a few additional supplies added to the list as I finish up filming)
Supply list:
muted turquoise - liquitex ink
Caran d'ache - neocolor ii's  (set of 30 would be perfect or pick a few muted tones in blue, green, purple, red, pink that you like) don't worry about specific colors.
tag pad - Julie Nutting
mop brush (my favorite brush!! Great for dry brushing)
I also like the Dina Wakley rounds - #4 and #2. you can get all 4 brushes here
Bamboo brush - size 16 (to work with inks and/or watercolor)
catalyst wedge - no 6 (the gray one)
prismacolor colored pencils - red, green, blue, purple
daniel smith dot sheet - 66 dots (a great way to see if you like watercolors and to test many colors)
FW ink - paynes gray (or you can also use black)
3x6 wood panel - pick up a couple
wood Kokeshi dolls - 2   -- or you could work on peg dolls.
quin. nickel azo gold - golden heavy body or fluid


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bitty Baby Animals online mini class


Bitty Baby Animals

Come with me on this mini class journey and learn how to create sweet Baby animals using a simple composition, colors, and style. I'll show you how to lay down color for a striking, rich background. We will layer on top with gesso to create a placeholder for our animals. We will be exploring and sketching in our journals beforehand to work on shapes and to decide what animals we want to create.
the details
  • $39
  • 5 lessons - sketchbook lesson and 4 animal lessons (piglet, elephant, Bitty baby-corn and giraffe)
  • Guest Artist Sylwia Gryczuk at @tandiart
  • color choices and background work
  • i'll talk you through each step....i'm pretty chatty in these videos (I hope you love my southern accent....lol)
  • class begins April 10th, 2017







Guest artist - Sylwia of +TandiArt will be creating this stunning Momma and baby Bear dream catcher!

Supply list:

paint colors:
  • any colors you love: don't feel like you have to use the exact color (except for quin. nickel azo gold. that color is a must-have for all my classes)
  • quin. nickel azo gold (this is really the only color that has no substitutions and what I would consider a must have color)
  • blick matte acrylics - green blue light
  • golden matte - titanium white, paynes gray
  • artist's loft - orange (any orange is fine)
  • target colors: seaweed, morning mist, leaf (all of these are interchangeable)
  • ceramcoat - salmon

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Celebrating my 10 year ETSY-versary!!

March marks my 10 year anniversary of selling my art. I remember, seeing that someone had this thing called an "etsy shop" over on the Art Chix studio website (a place for beautiful collage sheets). I had no idea that there was a dedicated website for everything handmade where you could sell your art. I immediately clicked on the link and it literally changed my life. I knew that I wanted to get started right away with selling my art but the thing is, I didn't know what the heck I was doing....lol (of course I didn't know that then....)

Here are some interesting facts about me and my etsy journey:

  • it took me 3 months before I sold a single thing on etsy.
  • my first sale was a penguin made with oil pastels
  • my third sale was from my mom
  • I didn't have a social media presence back in 2007 (was it even a thing back then?) no blog, no instagram, no FB, zilch, nada....
  • I was a makeup artist and art student at UALR when I first began selling on line.
  • Later in 2009, Etsy featured me in their "Quit your day Job"series
  • In March 2010, I was featured seller on Etsy. (kind of a big deal back then....it was a crazy, fun whirlwind!!)
Here is some of my first faces that I sold:





To celebrate my 10 years, I am having a big sale in my shop
Just enter code at checkout: BIG10ETSY to save 40% on self-paced classes, prints and select originals. Coupon is good through Monday, March 13th.

dolls by Simplijessi and Boopsy Daisy. 
(paintings behind me, mine)




I was on the cover of Somerset Studio in 2010!!!




My advice for others looking to sell their art online:
  • begin! this is the hardest part because it seems so overwhelming with all the steps involved
  • list 1 item a day in your shop. by the time a week is up, your shop is filled with beautiful art
  • of course the item above means that you'll need to paint often. I try to paint everyday to keep the muscle memory strong. if you don't paint for a week, some of the muscle memory can be lost (at least it is for me)
  • don't wait till you have a social media presence, (yes I think things have changed since the early days of etsy and you will probably need to begin thinking of instagram and Facebook but don't let it stop you from beginning)
  • list often and refresh your shop with new art


Thursday, January 26, 2017

My Watercolor Journal - online class

Join me as we journey into watercolor. I have always wanted to LOVE watercolor but I just couldn't get comfortable with the medium. I decided in December 2016 to spend every day doing something in watercolor even if it was just a small paint sketch. Well, it was just what I needed! I began to fall in LOVE with watercolor. I knew that I must not study the "correct" ways of using watercolor but to explore and find out what this medium is all about on my own. (and to use it in a way that speaks to my creative process).
We will be creating our own watercolor journal to explore this beautiful medium. We will let go and work intuitively and in a simplified "non-intimidating" way. I want to bring watercolor you they way I've brought other mediums.... so that it is accessible. so that you don't have to spend 10 years learning something and following all the "rules". Let's just jump in and have fun. If you are looking for a class that is the "collegiate" classroom style watercolor that follows all the fussy rules, then this may not be for you. I don't like fussy....and I don't like perfection....so if you are ready let's forge ahead into play, fun, and letting loose with watercolor!
The class will be set up this way:
  • class begins February 27th
  • 5 weeks of class 
  • two to three lessons each week working in our journals or on loose paper
  • Price: $79



Tentative supply list: (some things may be added later)
For making your journal:
binding needle -(this one is the blunt that i like) You can also find regular bookbinding needles on etsy.
small 1.25" bulldog clips (for holding your journal open) - grab about 4
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You could also just purchase a watercolor journal. I like the strathmore 400 series
watercolors - any sets are fine but I'll be using Prima palettes:
caran d'ache - neocolor ii's set of 10 or 15 will be great
spray bottle - for wetting watercolors
sharpie water-based white paint pen - fine point and extra fine point

watercolor pencils
intuitive approach to watercolor


Here are some examples of watercolor that we may touch on (these are not exact projects in the class):