Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Journal work and sale

My focus these last week or so has been in my journal. I use the Hobonichi Day free A5. (This is the larger one.) I try to use only watercolors, gouache and colored pencil. The pages hold up well with all the mixed media I throw it's way. I try to steer clear of using acrylic for this journal due to the plastic-y finish. But I'm sure you could use a matte acrylic. 




I have also been adding bits of collage and washi tape as well. And I'm finally finding a place for those random little drawings on loose sheets of paper and sticky notes.

If you are interested in learning more about this process, I'll be covering it over on Patreon next month. My plan is to do a seahorse as well as a girl in profile (like below)


I am having a Valentine Sale over in my Etsy shop now until Feb 14th! buy what you really love, art! :-)

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Acrylic Girl class for beginners

 


class begins Feb. 15 2021

A few weeks ago, I released a Watercolor girl class for beginners and felt it was overdue for me to update my acrylic process. My process is 13 years in the making. It has evolved and I have gotten better with each girl. With this class, I am hoping to shorten the learning curve for you. The key is to take these steps slowly and one at a time. Once you've painted several, I would then challenge you to move quicker with your brush work and see what happy accidents happen. But to begin, you'll need a bit more focus and have it broken down.

I'll gently lead you through step by step with drawing in graphite and then delicate paint layers. You can print out the accompanying 3 page PDF that illustrates each step along the way while watching each video. I've broken it down into manageable sections.

What the class includes:

  • step by step PDF of drawing and painting. 
  • PDF of  drawing of different ages with accompanying video
  • easy to follow step by step videos broken up into 4 parts
  • darker skintone girl
  • 8 total videos
supply list:

White Gesso - any gesso is fine. it doesn't have to be golden. If you don't have any gesso, then you could also substitute a matte finish white acrylic.

Amsterdam - Pyrroyle red

Amsterdam - Sevres blue - any turquoise or blue will work. craft paint is fine!

Heavy body Titanium white paint - I used Dick Blick here but you could also use any heavy body white

Folkart skintone - available at many craft stores like Joann, Michaels, or Hobby Lobby

Paynes gray or dark brown

stabilo graphite pencil (NOT the black pencil. they are way different.) you could also just use any 2b pencil. This is just a preference. You can get singles at most art stores.

Quinacridone Nickel Azo gold - this is a beautiful, unique color. It is the most important color for my faces so if you want to invest in paint, this should be the first one you get! (especially if you paint faces a lot)

Flat brush - I used the flat that is in this set. Any 1/2" flat synthetic brush will work fine.

detail brush - Princeton select round size 1.

8x8 wood board - you could also use smooth watercolor paper. Something that is pretty thick. Canvas is certainly ok, but it will give you a different texture.


New Hobonichi spread

The obsession with frogs continues. This time I thought he may want to hitch a ride on a Valentine Fairy. He is magic after all. 

These two pages are by far the most time I've ever spent on an art piece. I created it over about 4-5 and probably have about 8 hours invested in it. I tried to really slow down and just enjoy the process of using lots of colored pencil over gouache and watercolor.









Saturday, January 16, 2021

Watercolor girl for beginners

Are you a beginner looking for guidance in how to paint faces in watercolor? If you have ever felt intimidated by painting faces, then you'll love this course. I'll gently guide you step by step and break it down into a manageable process.
Come join in for this supportive community of fellow creatives.


I'll show you how to add shadows and color to create depth and dimension to your girl's portrait.
We'll be using on 4 supplies in this class.....so it's accessible and very easy to get started.

I'll also give you a 3 part video on eye, lips, and nose detail.

This class is a perfect starting point for beginners or even folks who have painted faces before and want a refresher. This is a great tool to have in your tool belt!

  • 3 page step by step tutorial to print out and follow along: 1 video steps 1-5, 2nd video steps 6-13, 3rd video steps 14-18
  • plus eyes, nose, and lip detail video
  • easy to follow
  • supportive community - I'll be offering feedback and cheering you on through end of March, 2021. (after which will be self work)
  • total of 4 videos and a printable PDF tutorial 2 pages long (steps 1-18 drawing and painting the face)







Monday, January 11, 2021

the left pages....what?!

 You're asking yourself what are these left pages. 

So in my journal, the left pages are reserved and used for testing materials and making swatches of color. Sometimes these turn into my favorite pages after I add some drawings and doodles. But the starting of these pages are just me "playing and messing about" on the opposite page of my journal. I'll give you a few examples below of what some of my "left pages".

The scribbles and swatches and blocks of color that are already there help give me a jumpstart. I add some pattern work, some doodles and drawings and I create something magical from what started out as just messin' around. I think the playing around part is where you'll find that magic


If you love these left pages and they speak to you, I'll be doing a few lessons next month over on Patreon

Aiko is a character from a Studio Ghibli movie, Only Yesterday
Such a beautiful movie, capturing the nostalgia of childhood dreams.




Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Channel your inner Beast !

 


I have a newfound love for wildebeest. I never really paid much attention to them on Safari but one day they had the zoomies and I felt like they were showing their personalities a bit. Meanwhile the baby giraffes were onlooking like "what the...?" 
Now I watch them and appreciate them more. I did some more research and found that they can live up to 40 years old and migrate up to 1000 miles per year. If you want to find out more about these amazing creatures you can visit AWF.org where the focus is conservation. I wasn't aware that the wildebeest habitat is being threatened by fragmentation...(agriculture and economic growth). 


ps. I secretly want to be an Animal Kingdom Safari truck driver. 


pss. Safari animal class where we'll paint the wildebeest, gorilla, cheetah, rhino, and elephant begins Friday! Don't feel like you can draw/paint animals? neither did I. That is why I am teaching this class. I wanted a solution for a process that I enjoy and to make learning accessible.




Sunday, December 27, 2020

New system for my gouache paints

 






I needed a new system for my gouache paints. It was a mess and I was spending way to much time hunting and searching for a color. I found this cart with dividers and pencil cups as well on amazon.
When I tell you a cart is always the answer for art supply needs, it's the truth. Always.


*amazon links are affiliate links where I earn a small percentage at no cost to you


Transformation - original 11x14 on canvas


If you didn't catch my reel over on instagram, head over and get a peek into my process on this painting.