Thursday, June 21, 2018

Mindy's Art Club Announcement

Starting July 1st, 2018 I will begin my first art club!! A subscription based online class where I'll deliver content every month to keep you inspired and motivated to create. During my creative process, I always make discoveries and this is the perfect outlet for me to share those discoveries with you. We will mostly be working with water media but who knows where the process will lead and what awesome art supplies I'll stumble across. I'll have a "get started" supply list for you but as the months rock on, there may be new things that pop up. And when they do, I'll introduce those to you and give you direct links if you think you may like to work with them. I like to let folks know how they work and you can see them in action before you purchase. 

We will be working quickly with water soluble materials such as watercolor pencils, watercolors, art blocks, and lots of other fun things. This class will help you to keep those creative hangries at bay! A daily practice is so important and I hope to give you a jumpstart into the fundamentals (as we begin) and other challenges and practices to keep you inspired!

Mindy's Art Club will begin July 1st and I will open up registration on that day.

You'll receive a fundamentals pack immediately upon sign up that includes: (this is a one time thing)
  • Basic Face
  • Face shapes for different ages

$19 per month!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Blurred Edges 2

Blurred Edges 2 is an exploration in the process of letting go. In this 2nd installment, we talk about micro and macro wedging. I show you how to control the wedging process so that you can explore further. Just because you can control the micro movements, we will still let go of "being in control" of the painting/drawing process.

We will surprise ourselves. Creating accidents. Fostering mistakes. For that is where the magic lies!
  • $45
  • Class begins June 25th, 2018 (self paced after that. sign up anytime)
  • 2.5 hours of video instruction
  • 5 lessons, 1 bonus
  • one FB live session to hang out, paint, and ask questions

Do I need to take the first Blurred Edges course to take this one? My advice is yes to take that one first. This builds on the first class but if you are eager to jump in then I certainly encourage you to do so!
Will we be doing the same lessons as the first Blurred Edges course? No, these lessons are brand new and different than the first class. This class is meant to take your further along in the process. All new lessons and materials! It is the same process but tweaked to taken you farther along the journey.
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. I will be working mainly with Tim Holtz paints because they move nicely when activated by water. You can use any fluid acrylics that you may have on hand. (Ground espresso and tea dye Tim Holtz colors are the most important ones)
Will there be a Facebook group? The group will be continued from the first Blurred Edges class, so you can keep sharing there.
teaser video

Friday, May 18, 2018

Pearlette Mermaid winner !!

Congrats to Liezel!!! you have won the giveaway! thanks to all of those who helped spread the word about my new mermaid class!

There are only a few days left of early registration!

Monday, May 14, 2018

new mermaid class!!

I have been having so much fun with Mermay on instagram, I decided to take you along for all the wonderful discoveries I've been making. We will be using a beautiful limited palette and working with gesso, ink sprays, stencils, and a cool new tool to help you achieve beautiful textured mermaid skin.
I will also show you a full-proof way to work with your composition before committing to it on your final wood piece. Super simple and a fabulous tool to help you gain confidence with painting mermaids.
Here is the class info at a glance:
2 Mermaid Lessons
  • Early registration: $49 through May 21st
  • Regular registration: $59 starts May 22nd
  • over 2.5 hours of video content
  • class begins Friday, May 25th
  • mermaid tail exercise video
  • 6 total videos
REGISTER and more info

Is this class beginner friendly? Yes, it is for all levels, but if you have never painted faces, I would suggest taking Draw and Paint a girl first
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. Almost anything can be substituted.
Will there be a Facebook group?  no, I'm sorry for this mini course there will be no FB group.
Can I share this content and my link to my friends? Please don't. We ask that 1 signin for your household only. thank you!
*SUPPLY LIST: will be emailed to you once you sign up. 

Congrats to Liezel!!! you have won the giveaway! thanks to all of those who helped spread the word about my new mermaid class!
I need your help spreading the news about this class -  

  • 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 (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 from spammers)
  • drawing will be done on Friday May 18, 2018

Monday, May 7, 2018

Meant to be - New Jack and Sally mermay painting

I am having so much fun with mermay this year. I had no idea of this challenge until I saw it going around instagram and at the last minute decided to jump in and create mermaids this month!

My mermaid that I've been working on the last few days is a Jack and Sally mermaid couple. After doing a Leia mermaid, my mind began swirling with ideas (and since I love jack and sally so much) I just had to paint them.

The original sold almost immediately after listing it...I think just a few minutes. But I do have prints and stickers available in the shop!

I also have a few more mermaids for sale as well:

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Mother's Day Sale!!!

Mother's Day Sale is going on now here on my Self work classes page as well as my Etsy shop. 
Sale is already included in my shop.
Enter code MOM25 here on my website to save 25% on self work classes. (sorry, sale does not apply to current classes)

Monday, April 30, 2018

New Watercolor draw and paint a girl

Watercolor is a swim in the metaphysics of life... a mirror of one's own character. Let it be unpredictable and colorful. (Anonymous)

I have a new Watercolor girl offering that includes a 9 page PDF with step-by-step instructions for how to draw and then watercolor a sweet girl. The PDF also includes a 36 minute video on this process. The curly headed girl above is the exact girl that I painted in the video.
We learn how to use color to bring depth and dimension in the face and why that works.

here are a few examples of the steps inside the pdf:

Color shaper size 6 soft flat chisel (optional) or Dina Wakley tools
Canson cold pressed paper: I used 4x6 size

Monday, April 23, 2018

Fairy GodMother!

We are just back from Florida and WDW and I just had to share my experience with the stunning Fairy GodMother...!! For some reason, I have always been nervous to meet characters that can speak back to you (i.e. not wearing a mask). So I never really met any of those. silly I know! But I just adore FGM and my dear friend Trista had gifted me these beautiful FGM ears and I knew that I must meet her. I told my husband I was so nervous but as soon as she opened up her arms and welcomed me with the best hug in the world, my nervousness fell away. I think that's what Fairy godmothers do, they make you feel like the prettiest, most loved person in the world. And she did! Here are some pics from my conversation.
And I just had to journal about it. I wanted to capture every word she said to me inside so I wouldn't forget!

I got 3 total hugs!!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Serenity Mermaid

Serenity Mermaid is now being offered as a stand alone watercolor class! (if you took Watercolor Play and Discover, then you already have access to this class)
We will paint a darling mermaid using watercolors and other water media.

Course is on demand and content is ready to go as soon as you sign up. (Lifetime access. downloadable videos.)

49 minute video

paper: - 6x9 watercolor paper
watercolors - any sets are fine 
for Serenity Mermaid - I'll be using Daniel smith colors --> mostly the genuines
---->>Daniel smith - mostly genuines. you can  try and test these colors out with the 66 color Try it Sheet)
Da Vinci  i use this da vinci brush   --->> quill size 1   (yikes, I realized it is SO expensive so try using what you have) 
other items
caran d'ache - neocolor ii's set of 10 or 15 will be great
  • this sharpener to sharpen your neocolor ii's if you want....
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)

Monday, April 9, 2018

Frilly Dancer - new class

Lately I have been going through a bit of a rut with my watercolors. It's just that I want more I suppose....I am so used to layering with acrylic paint that I was feeling a bit lost in my watercolor practice. I began to experiment with layering watercolors, gesso, chalk pastel, and ink sprays and what happened were these gorgeous organic shaped dancer girls. I love the flowing, frilly, organic shapes of the dress.
This expressive class will help you open up to the possibilities that come with watercoloring. I love to watercolor but I sometimes think something is missing. I want more layers and juicy textures and splatters. Let's expand those feelings and let go of the "right way" for watercolor. We will celebrate the delicious organic and flowing shape of the dress. We will not worry about perfection. I take you through the drawing phase all the way to then end talking you through each tiny movement.
Here is the class info at a glance:
  • 7 total videos: flower on kraft paper, frilly dancer girl, princess in a white gown on kraft paper, watercolor and chalk girl portrait, flower fairy princess
  • bonus lesson - Tiny Dancer
  • early registration through April 30th - $50
  • regular registration begins May 1st - $65
  • class begins May 7th
  • lessons post: Mon, Tues, Fri

the watercolor underpainting:

Is this class beginner friendly? Yes, it is for all levels, but if you have never played with watercolor, might I suggest first taking My Watercolor journal that covers watercolor basics, faces, and sweet girls.
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. Almost anything can be substituted.
Will there be a Facebook group?  no, I'm sorry for this mini course there will be no FB group.
Can I share this content and my link to my friends? Please don't. We ask that 1 signin for your household only. thank you!


Watercolor set - any set will do. I like Prima Decadent pies and Pastel Dreams
limn watercolor - carput mortuum (I'll be using this one a lot!)
Tanager turquoise pan - from Pfeiffer art supply 
Prima metallic accents or any shimmery watercolors

9x12 watercolor pad or work in a journal.
bodacious blush ink spray or you can go to Lindys website and enter code "thanks" for 10% off
Utrecht gesso white: this gesso is super thick and holds nice texture.
journal for experimenting
spray bottle - for wetting watercolors
sharpie water-based white paint pen - fine point and extra fine point
prima watercolor brush size 4 (size 2 is also nice for detail)
prima watercolor brush size 12 

optionalstabilo woody pencils  or you could use neocolor ii's

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

New Book coming soon!! Pre-sale in my shop!

I am super excited to announce my 7th book!! This little book is 6x9" and is chock-full of fun inspirational tutorials like:

  1. draw and paint a girl (if you have my draw and paint a girl card deck, this is the same)
  2. Face shapes for different ages
  3. Eye focus with video access
  4. Blurred Edges
  5. Disney Journal
  6. Color these pages
  7. Draw your favorite treats

*if you take all of my online classes, you may see some tutorials that look familiar. but I thought it'd be fun to have them all in one place!!

Will come to you signed.

64 pages of fun tutorials, coloring pages, and video access to an Eye focus video. 

I will also be ordering my very first book, Wild Surrender that I created 5 years ago for the shop. These will come signed as well !

Dancer in my dreams

I have been painting these sweet dancer girls and have felt a renewed outpouring of creative energy. I woke up this morning with these girls on my mind and I can't wait to get into the studio to play some more. I have this girl in progress. so far only using gesso (for texture) and sprays to enhance and meander into the crevices of those beautiful textures.

I have a smaller dancer in my shop. Her name is Frilly.

I have been loving experimenting with watercolor and then (once dry) chalk pastel with detail accents.

Watercolors are from Designs by Rachel Beth 
and then tanager by Pfeifer art supply
and a gorgeous color from limn watercolors called Caput Mortuum (this color is absolutely gorgeous!! it granulates beautifully into the paper and is the brown color you see. I use it in the hair/eyes, and here I've painted around the little flowers. so gorgeous!)

and book PRE-sale is coming soon!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

What does your Best day look like? update:: GIVEAWAY announced!!

Congrats to Linda S., Perla, and Vanessa! you have won. thanks to everyone who participated and shared! so much gratitude

GIVEAWAY announced!!
What does your Best Day Ever look like? Leave me a comment and share this post to your social media to get a chance to win my new washi tape!
here's how:

  • share this post on social media: twitter, instagram, FB, blog, etc whichever you choose
  • come back here and leave a comment with how you shared and PLEASE POST YOUR EMAIL. (I will not post the comments so that your emails are protected from internet spamming)
  • Then on Monday April 2nd, I'll pick 3 winners!
  • easy peasy......

Sweet Mic and Min washi tape available here.

disney journal by Dave Baxter

watercolors Designs by Rachel Beth:

caran d'ache watercolor pencils

Stabilo Woodys

Sharpie white paint pen:

Mickey clips:

my watercolor workshops: Watercolor Play and Discover
 & My Watercolor Journal

Enjoy this video of me creating in my Disney Journal!

Jumpstart into Self publishing

As I begin work on my next book, I find myself going back to my own online class to make sure I get everything right when designing my book to be sold on Amazon. I use Createspace, a company owned by Amazon to self publish my book. I love that it gives me and my work exposure through a huge company. This class has helped lots of folks create their own magical make the book that is inside of them. And to make it the way YOU want it to look. I even get to name my own book. Yes, i've heard that when you go through a big publisher, you rarely get to name it what you want to name it.

If you have wanted to create a book, but don't want to wait around for a big house publisher to come knocking on your door.... then why not empower your own creativity with Jumpstart: into self publishing. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

New Washi tape design is here!

I have a brand new washi tape design now available in the shop.... sweet Mic and Min.
This cute tape is wonderful to add to your journal creations and mixed media projects!

Monday, March 26, 2018

New Originals

Not having instagram on my phone has been incredible. I have gotten so much done, it will be hard to reinstall it back on my phone and have the temptation of distraction at my fingertips ...oy! I have been posting on Later so I may continue with that or give insta another go this week so I can do a few stories. I am torn.

I am loading some original art in my shop now. It's your chance to grab some littles!!