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!
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
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!
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.
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!)
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.
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!!
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:
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.