Let’s Paint a Dreamy Face in Acrylics!

Hi friends! Today I have a mixed media painting for you:


I forgot how much I enjoy painting at an easel! The nice thing is that if you have long-handled brushes you can sit or stand back a ways from the painting so you can see the whole canvas without distortion, especially if you are working large. I used an 11″x14″ stretched canvas, acrylic paints, deli paper (you can also use tissue paper), stencils, letter stamps, mod podge, glazing medium and a set of brushes from our sponsor D’Artisan Shoppe. Watch the video to see how I painted it:

Here is a list of the brushes included in the D’Artisan Shoppe Maestro Series XV Kit #000 Liner/Rigger, #1 Round, #2 Filbert, #3 Round, #4 Filbert, #4 Fan, #6 Round, #6 Flat, #8 Flat, #8 Filbert, #9 Filbert, #10 Flat, #10 Angled Shader, #11 One Stroke/Bright, #5/4 Wide/Square Wash
If you want to try these for yourself be sure to use coupon code FRUGALXV for $10 off! Be sure to apply the code prior to check out to get the $10 off. Best of all if the brushes happen to be on sale you get $10 off the sale price, cool huh?

I used a homemade hot glue stencils in the video, you can find the tutorial here. Tip! When you are all done painting take the leftover paint and spread it on some art journal pages or another canvas or cardstock so you have a background for a future project.


I use a stay-wet palette which is really like a big, flat plastic container with a lid. I place a few paper towels in it and spray them with water and then place a sheet of palette paper or waxed paper on top and them squeeze out my paint. This keeps them from drying out and if I need to take a break I lightly spritz the paint with water and put the lid on and I can keep the paint for a couple of days this way. Good paint can be expensive, let’s not waste a drop!


I think I will play some more soon with acrylic paints. I actually moved some things around in my studio today to make it easier to do (video soon to come!) and with the 18″-24″ of snow in the forecast Monday night-Wednesday I think I will be snowed in with plenty of time to paint! I want to thank D’Artisan Shoppe for sponsoring today’s project, I was so happy to find a set of high quality brushes to recommend that won’t break the bank and I am so glad they are offering my readers $10 off with coupon code FRUGALXV. Do you have any painting plans this week? Will you be snowed in too? Take care and stay safe everyone and til next time happy crafting!


10 Responses

  1. Lindsay your painting is beautiful. Love it. Was so relaxing to just sit here and watch you. Love it Love it Love it Have a good week.


  2. Hi Lindsay,
    Great inspirational painting. I have been in an art journaling and painting rut for over a month but I am going to try this out later today. Looks like big snow is headed our way up here in Maine! Happy New Year to you and your family.


  3. Lindsay you are one talented lady. I love your video’s. The picture of the pretty lady is so neat. I am a portrait fine art artist and I paint in Genesis Heat Set Oil and love it. I went my route with acrylic paint and went back to my Genesis. I look forward to your new video’s.


  4. This is out of my range of expertise but it was fun to watch. I really wish I had had an art class all those many years ago when I was in school, but it wasn’t even offered. Hope you and your family and friends stay safe with this impending storm and don’t lose electricity. One thing is for sure, when you are a crafter, snow days are just inspirational!

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  5. Thanks for another great tutorial. I love this dreamy painting and I also love working in acrylics. I look forward to your next tutorial.


  6. Lovely painting, Lindsay. I also like your DIY stay-wet palette – must try this! I already create scratch papers with left-over paint, and I initially clean my brushes off on them, before washing them – you can waste a lot of paint in the water pot!



  7. Hi Lindsay 🙂
    What a wonderful artist/crafter you are! Your “dream girl” painting has inspired me to try it. Thank you for sharing your many talents.
    Keep warm and safe during the winter storm. Hope you are feeling better. Take care.


  8. Really enjoyed the tutorial. I am in nyc and experiencing the blizzard too. Looking forward to spending the indoor time making art too! Stay warm and safe.


  9. She looks amazing I enjoyed the colors and the mod podge is a cool idea!


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