Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Ice cream charm, postcard and sticker sets are here!!

I have been working on this project for some time and they are finally here..... a new product..... Acrylic charms!!! They are super sparkly and come with a lobster claw and keychain. So you can use them on your back pack, journal, or keys. They measure around 2" tall. I have the charms sold separately in the shop as well as included in the set. You'll save $ getting the set.

I have the set available for $16 in my Big Cartel shop and if you purchase the set, you'll get a free holographic mickey 2" sticker (while supplies last. I have about 20 of these left)
look at all the pretties you get in the set!!

I also have new Unicorn girl postcards in my SHOP!

Monday, August 3, 2020

New Artwork, doll design submission and watercolor video

Today I want to share a watercolor video with you. Several months ago, I created this as a longer version for my patrons over on Patreon for the Watercolor Wallflower $10 tier. I love using watercolor pencils to lightly sketch and then activate with water. 

I have been having fun creating some new small originals and they are now up in my Big Cartel shop.

Also watch this space to get notified first about my new enamel pin collection for Halloween. I'll also have 4 new washi tape designs very soon....2 of which have foil accents. So excited to see how they turned out.
Momiji doll design

I created this cute Momiji doll design a couple weeks ago and thought I'd share with my blog readers. I am not sure that Momiji is even accepting designs but I thought it would be an amazing learning experience if I gave it a try. I first created a pencil drawing with a brown col-erase pencil and then took a photo of that and used it as a guide for my line and color work in Procreate. The side view proved to be the most difficult as the foreshortening of the arm and back of the bird needed to be constructed flat. Definitely a fun learning experience.
Below are the rough sketches. You can tell this was a night-time project.... :-)
One of my dreams as been to have a doll created with my art. I am not sure that will ever happen. But it certainly won't if I don't put in the work. Cheers to the work and the learning that comes with it!

Friday, July 31, 2020

Studio process

I've been jumping back into painting a bit more messy these last several days. I picked up a supply I have used in ages, the black marks all stabilo. It is not as forgiving as the graphite version but I love it's messy-ness and it's ability to really make the features pop. It is water soluble so you can activate with water and scrape with a No. 6 wedge.

Intertwined - SOLD
prints available upon request

Patreon 4x4 rewards:

I've been thinking of Halloween already and what lessons I want to do for my annual Halloween class. I'm still working it out and not quite sure of the exact direction. But I thought I'd start with this cute Vampire Mickey. I used the stabilo marks all in black as well as some acrylic ink and gouache.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Character Study drawing mini course

What makes up a character? Expression. Color. Shape. Keeping all of these elements simple is key. Simplicity wins with character design. (actually all design in art in my opinion) Where do you start with finding a character that holds a part of you and the style you want to convey? Looking at illustrators that you admire can help lead you in the right direction. What is it about their work you love? Mary Blair is such a huge inspiration for me and lately Momiji dolls too. Again, the simple shapes and design truly draw me in. Mary Blair's work is so deceptively simple. The shapes are simple but the idea and work to get it there is definitely not.
This class focuses more on drawing and exploring simplicity in a way that is not-intimidating. If you can draw circles and squares and triangles, then you can do this class! Come join me in this fun exploration of darling, cute characters
******PATREON members get this class FREE for August patrons 2020. (messy inner child tier) - SAVE $ when you sign up for my Patreon.

Lessons and structure at a glance:
  • marker and paper talk - also cover blending
  • eyes, nose and mouth lesson - learning scale, placement and size matters!
  • 1 hour long live zoom replay of my bunny slipper journal page using watercolors and colored pencil
  • cute ghost
  • and more TBA!
  • over 3 hours of real time creating

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Paintings and drawing make me happy!

Happy Fairies and unicorn girls and happy mickey's on top of a cotton candy ice cream makes me HAPPY. I have been sketching a lot lately. It seems the ideas flow easier for some reason. I woke up early and grabbed my sketchbook and drew for about 2 hours. (see tiny fairy sketch in red below)

I've already got Halloween on my brain. Once I get my pumpkin spice coffee creamer, I'm instantly transported to October. And I'll reveal some sketches from that in another post. I'll probably start working on my annual Halloween class very soon....so be sure and check back.

These new originals are available in my Big Cartel shop now!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Mystic Unicorn School!!

School is about to begin. It's like the most magical summer school ever!

Mystic Unicorn school is an awakening of magic that is all around. In the little things. In the fort building. In the staying in on rainy days creating magic.
We will get inspired and create from a place of inner child magic. We will be creating in mainly gouache, and acrylic paints.
There will also be Movie homework: watch Unicorn store and Legend (1985) before or during the class. If you don't have access to these movies, you can watch clips on YouTube.
Are you ready?  REGISTER HERE

The class will be structured as such:
I'll be posting a lesson once a week for 12 weeks. Think of it has the best summer school ever!
  • videos will post on Monday's
  • class begins June 29th
  • Patreon special pricing - $75 for Messy Inner Child Tier
  • Registration - $90
  • at least 12 total process videos
  • 1 FB live art session
  • painted papers download for you to use in your journal
  • a PROCREATE lesson!
Lesson plan:
  • Rainbow warmups
  • Foam stamp making
  • creating the cover - fun lettering
  • lil Blue unicorn 
  • Rainbow love with gouache
  • Unicorn Treat Truck
  • mixed media invitation letter
  • happy crayon unicorn
  • Procreate fort lesson   (ps. this lesson will unfortunately not include the very beginner to procreate. If you need tech help to get started, I'd like to kindly ask that you google how to do things. I am considering doing a beginner course so stay tuned.)
FREE GIFT ALERT!! First 20 people to sign up will receive a free gift....an exclusive postcard and sticker set!

Saturday, June 13, 2020

New abstract-ish work

I've been having fun playing with bright color from my turner gouache collection and decided to take a different route with my art. The turner gouache color pigment is so intense and beautiful. I have been so inspired by the rich color.

Stay tuned! I'll be announcing a new class shortly. And for the first 20 folks to sign up, you'll get a cool gift! I will announce here first.

Cupcake for breakfast 5x5"

Germination sparkles - original 9x12

Rainbow Icing 5x5"

Mickey's candy Land - original 12x16" on gallery wrapped canvas

Monday, June 8, 2020

Mickey's treat truck and club house!

Mickey's serving up treats today!! 
This original painting is created with gouache and some collage papers glued down for textures. He was so fun to create.
I am leaning towards more of an illustration style to my work. I'm not sure where and when I'll decided to go back to my messy, soulful girls. I'm just having so much fun painting happy, colorful mickeys and girls!

available in my big cartel

6x6 original available

4x8 original available

Friday, June 5, 2020

New Original Artwork

Today I finished 3 small paintings inspired by childhood nostalgia. Where was your favorite clubhouse? Mine was always in nature. I traveled by bike and set up and walked across the stream on a log. It was the prettiest spot I'd ever seen. Years later I went back and of course the log was no longer there. So ephemeral. The bridge was new overhead. It wasn't the same.

6x6 on canvas

available in my big cartel

available in the deluxe unicorn creativity pack!

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Rainbow painted papers

Yesterday on Patreon, I created a video for painted papers ! I also demonstrated how to make your own stamps out of 1/4" craft foam. If you are interested in how to do these, check out my $5 Supply Seeker tier on Patreon.
Unicorn creativity packs will be available in my Big cartel tonight or tomorrow morning so be sure and not miss those.

Lots of fun things are coming down the pipelines this month on Patreon. We'll be painting lots of Mickey's and Minnies!
Here's the first lesson we created using luminance colored pencils and mixed media (mostly gouache)

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Mindy's Daily Mickeys

I've been taking a bit of a social media break to focus on my art and really hunker down to get better at honing my skills. I've been working like mad on Mickeys and an idea for a new class!

Also, in the next day or so.... I'll be offering Unicorn Store creativity packs with hand-painted papers for your journal.

This is what I've been working on this week:

Sky's the limit - original 4x4

Minnie's Sweet Shack - original sold
prints available in my shop

Bedtime Ice cream - 8x8 on wood

Minnie's Sing and Dance party - 6x6

Chocolate Mint cone mickey

Friday, May 8, 2020

Messy Unmessy - beginner course

Messy Unmessy is a great class for beginners. It is also a great class for anyone looking to loosen up. To be messy, you must first go through the stages of painting a face....learning where the features go. Learning color placement to achieve depth and dimension. Once you nail that part of the process down, you are ready to loosen up and get messy. You'll figure out what best suits your style and which one of the processes you enjoy the most. Or is it somewhere in between.....or messier or unmessier...????

  • learn colors to use in the face
  • structure of drawing
  • 2 PDF tutorials to print out 
  • paint an Unmessy girl using step by step slower process
  • warm up page of unmessy girls
  • we'll work more quickly on a Messy girl (mimicking closely to how I paint everyday!)
  • graphite messy undone girl
  • 8 total videos
  • 4 main lessons

Class begins May 18th
Is this class beginner friendly ?  YES! This class is a fantastic first class from me. You'll get a look into my beginner face using acrylic paints and keeping things neat and tidy. This is to learn placement and color work. And then you'll see my messy process. The messy process is closer to my everyday painting process. 
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. 
Will there be a Facebook group? No sorry. we will share in the classroom and through instagram.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Paper Doll Playtime

I have a challenge for you! This Paper Doll Playtime printout is a chance to get creative and color. 

Follow these directions:
  1. Print out sheet (card stock works great 8.5x11")
  2. Color with colored pencil, marker or media of your choice
  3. Cut out dolls and outfits
  4. Fold tabs around doll
  5. Share on instagram #mindyspaperdoll

Download here

I'll be giving away an original watercolor painting to a random winner!

To enter your paper doll for the challenge, post on instagram under the #mindyspaperdoll hashtag  (this is where I'll choose the winner)

Contest ends April 19th.
I'll choose a winner on April 20th.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Free Introductory course!!

This class is all about my favorite tools and how I use them. You'll see me create cute girls and textures and learn about the basics. Lots of downloadable resources too!
I hope that you can get creative during these crazy times. It will help ground you. It will help you zone out on nothing but presence. I hope you enjoy! and thank you for your support!

All you need to do is sign up here on my newsletter.

Friday, February 7, 2020

In person workshop in Taos!!

Enchanted Workshop
Taos, NM
Mabel Dodge Luhan House
Historic Inn and conference center

Join me in the historic Mabel Dodge Luhan House October 19-23rd, 2020 for 4 nights and 3 full days of creative time.  I’ll be leading you through painting exercises and break out demo’s each day. We will explore animals that speak to us as well as those we might encounter in magical Taos, NM. Diving into what it means to foster happy accidents by working quickly and channeling our inner child, we will scribble and enjoy the process, not worrying about the outcome. Creating is a part of the journey and every mark and “mistake” should be celebrated. Therein, lies the magic of the creative process. We will create with the mindset of what it means to be free to be YOU.
view from my room at Mabel's

I have stayed at Mabel’s twice in the last several years and have dreamed of teaching there one day. Mabel’s is a place that holds a rich history of hosting artists and writers such as Willa Cather, Georgia O’Keefe, and Dennis Hopper. The food is incredible. The indescribable rich nostalgia grips at you. That is really the only way that I know how to describe this place. 
Only 11 spots left!

Breakfasts and Lunches are included as well as one dinner on our last night. You will be on your own for dinner the other 3 nights. There are lots of great restaurants close to Mabel’s.

1. ----->>>>>Please fill out the registration form

 2. & then payment

  • Single occupancy - $1395  (private room with private bath)
  • Double occupancy - $1295 (shared room) (a room that you’ll share with someone. If you happen to know another attendant that is coming, please let me know and we’ll put you together)    

Registration after July 19th must be payment in full.

Please note******Prices do NOT include travel by air, car, shuttle etc.

Registration includes:

  • lodging for 4 nights, 3 days at Mabel's
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 1 dinner (the other dinner's will be on your own)
  • 3 immersive studio days. studio is accessible 24 hours!
  • plus meeting kindreds and time away from distractions to focus on your artistic growth
Rooms will be on a first come, first get basis! Check out all the rooms over on Mabel’s website (but PLEASE DON’T pay for a room there!)

  • Let me know your first and 2nd choice of rooms (on the registration form above)


Are you a Commuter ?
(price includes meals and workshop fee. no lodging at Mabel's): $761.25


*Supplies: The supply list will be emailed to you about a month before the workshop begins.

October 19-23rd, 2020
  • Arriving: Monday October 19th. We will meet at 5:00pm in the studio and get to know one another and afterwards we will have a fun snack/beverage gathering. Check-in is available after 3:00 pm. If you can, arrive the day before if possible so that you can relax and enjoy Mabel's. (the extra days before or after will need to be arranged with Mabel's by calling 575-751-9686)
  • 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Departing Friday 23rd - 10:30 am checkout (no breakfast this day)

If you would like to come a day or two earlier or stay later, then you’ll need to coordinate directly with Mabel’s.

Getting there: I fly into ABQ and rent a car. Taos is a beautiful 3 hour drive from ABQ. There are also options for a shuttle if you prefer not to drive.

*Cancellation policy:
Due to my contract with Mabel’s below is my cancellation policy for attendees:
  • If you have to cancel before July 19th, you will receive a full refund minus $50
  • If you cancel after July 19th, and I have someone on the waiting list to take your spot, you will receive a refund minus $150
  • If we don’t have anyone on the waiting list and you cannot find someone to take your space, then unfortunately no refund will be given. 

Special note about Mabel’s: Mabel Dodge Luhan House is a retreat-style facility with no air-conditioning, televisions, alarm clocks or telephones. There is wi-fi only in the main living area. You will have access to this area 24 hours a day. Please visit http://www.mabeldodgeluhan.com for more info and learn more about this beautiful place!

Email me with any specific questions: tlacefield {{ @ sbcglobal.net }} (remove brackets when sending the email)

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Art Ruin giveaway winner announced!!

Congrats to Sue C.!!! you are the winner of the Art Ruin giveaway. I had 17 entries and I so appreciate all of you who helped to spread the word about my new class. I am forever grateful!

If you have not registered for the class, yet I have put together a 4 month payment plan HERE

AND if you are on my Patreon Messy Inner Child tier you will receive the first 3 videos free (and earlier than everyone). Plus your registration is only $75.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Art Ruin - mixed media journaling

Are you ready to ruin some art? When I have "ruined" my journal or even wood painting is most likely when I like it the best. You might think ruining is easy or hard. And the answer is yes. We will ruin and revive. Taking it too far
So why don't I help you foster the ruining. Foster the "mistakes". Because magic lies in the process, mistakes, ruining, and growing. 
So where do we start in the journal process? We will create our own journals using a simple stitch method. No measuring involved.
I'll give you prompts and ways to begin your journal. I'll show you the tactile process that includes all my secrets and fun tools for scraping and fostering mistakes.

winner announced! thank you 
  • 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 for spammers. only I will receive the information to do the drawing)
  • drawing will be done on January 7, 2020

  • Create a Journal
  • Heart Voice
  • Ways to begin
  • Seeing among the ruin
  • Ruin a face (distressing and raw process)
  • Love sprinkle - colorful 2 page spread
  • how I finish in progress tags
  • more lessons TBA
Is this class beginner friendly ?   This class is for all levels.  My advice if you've never painted faces is to start with  Draw and Paint a Girl  and/or Paint Like a Child journal  before this class. (or at least one of my faces classes)
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.
Will there be a Facebook group? No sorry. we will share in the classroom and through instagram.

SUPPLY list will be emailed to you upon signup. Using what you have on hand is strongly encouraged. This class is not about having the right or exact products but is all about the process of layering. The most important supplies will be a journal, black china marker, quin. nickel azo gold paint, catalyst no. 6 wedge.