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

$19
supplies:
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)
Brushes:
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:













































FAQ: 
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!

SUPPLY LIST:
Supplies














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 book....to 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!!






Thursday, March 22, 2018

Studio redo

I just had to take pictures while it is still half-way neat and before it gets crazy messy again. I always say a messy studio is a productive studio. But there comes a time for a reset...a redo...a revitalization. I just finished filming for Blurred Edges and it was time for a change. I also wanted to incorporate my watercolor table more easily accessible to my current work flow. It now is in a basic U shape that I can work on my easel....acrylic table....and watercolor table.


Also if you check out this page, I have included some of my favorite supplies and they also happen to be what we'll be using in Blurred edges so take a look.



I also have brand new sticker sheets up in the shop:



Monday, March 19, 2018

Shop update!!

Shop update is ON for tomorrow Tuesday March 20th at 9AM CST
I have a few tins and originals that I'll be listing.
Also, we will be adding a new pouch design to the mix.
I'll let that be a surprise!!!

The time away from instagram (on my phone) has proven to be AMAZING. I am very productive and it's like my creativity has expanded...if that makes sense. It's not bogged down with scrolling through feed; never-ending stories.....etc. I feel more grounded and I can focus better. 
Thanks for following me here!

Best Day Ever - original
prints will also be available


Baby girl tin


LISTEN

nature walk

EGGY

I Can Fly

Easter morning

Quiet

My Kermie

Faith



Saturday, March 17, 2018

Get our Scribble on!


My big ol scribble mess using charcoal, colored pencils, stabilo graphite, and lyra graphite stick.
Blurred edges begins in a couple weeks and we get our SCRIBBLE on!

Here are a few process shots of one of the journal lessons in class.


Class begins April 2nd

Here some other process shots taken from various projects in class.



and some of the fun supplies we will be using