Mixed Media Mess {what to do when a painting goes wrong!}

Hi friends! This painting started out OK but soon was a frustrating mess. Instead of tossing a painting when it hits the hot mess stage why not persevere? After all you’ve got nothing to lose!

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I had a reader ask about negative painting techniques and that is what I started to do here but struggled with the watercolors I used and realized that I did not pick the best supplies for that technique. Rather than force my paint and paper to do something it didn’t want I chose to let go of expectations and just play. Even grown up artists need to play and like I said, what have you got to lose? Grab those mixed media supplies you have been collection and give new life to a bummer of a painting!

Productpalooza! I must say it is strangely satisfying to grab those supplies that “I HAD to have” but rarely get used and give them a workout. If you are curious about any of the stuff I used on this piece I have linked them below. Affiliate links used.

This was kinda crazy at times, I thought it might be fun to see how I get out of trouble in a painting LOL:) This painting took 45 minutes in real-time, you could probably do it faster if you set out to do a mixed media piece from the beginning. I wanted to share some info from viewers of this video on YouTube, I asked them about Prismacolor Pencils, they have been so cheap on Amazon lately and I was considering getting a set but I had heard the quality had gone downhill. I have, and love, prismacolors but mine are all older and I was thinking of replenishing my set. The results were hot and cold, I have 11 viewers say they recently bought Prismacolors and they were great and 5 said they were very disappointed and 2 people said they seemed less pigmented than the older versions. I am not sure what to think, but I wanted to pass that on to you and if you have recent Prismacolor pencils and want to let us know what you think leave a comment:)

I also wanted to mention that if you make a bad watercolor you can always cut it up and make bookmarks or gesso over it and use it for pastel, acrylics or oils too! There is no need to cry over a failed attempt, we succeed or we learn! Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

Mixed Media Tips for Art Journals & More!

Hi Friends! I have decided to turn on my camera while I create for fun. During these sessions I listen to audio books or music and zone out in the creative process. I never know if the project will turn out well or not, I just enjoy the process. This painting took over an hour to create and it was a lot of fun just playing with products!

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I packed the video full of quick tips and techniques that you can apply to your next painting!

Supplies (Feel free to use what you have!)

*Affiliate links provided are to Consumer Crafts who sells vastly discounted art and craft products. They have fantastic prices on Darice and Crafters Companion products and many other brands too.

During this speed paint video I will talk about the process of creating this piece and how layers are built starting with a watercolor wash, adding metallic inks and layers of darker paint. The we build body with gouache and finally add detail with colored pencils. After the colored pencil layer is laid down you can adjust further with more watercolor if desired, just be aware that it will not stick fully to the pencil area. We will talk tips and techniques through this painting that took me more than 1 hour to create in real time. I hope you find these tips helpful in your next painting and til next time happy crafting!

Video sponsored by Audible

Start With Stamps Then Draw!

Hi friends! It is easy to get stuck when creating. I find if you get something on your paper right off the bat it frees your mind to create. I love the little flower motifs in these peg stamp sets from Rubber Stamp Tapestry and I though they would be a great jumping off point for these cute girls!

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The neat thing is that you will get a different picture every time you try this. Why not ink up a stamp and try it today? Watch today’s video to see how to use your supplies and create these cute faces!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry use coupon code: LINDSAY17 – 20% off peg stamps and peg stamp sets of orders of $10 or more.

Supplies:

Directions:
Stamp a spray of flowers, this may be a cluster or a border if you want a crown of flowers on your girl. Sketch a face around the flowers and color as desired.

There are infinite combinations on how you can make your flower girl. Have fun & happy crafting!

 

Let’s Paint a Weeping Angel Statue @ 12:30pm ET, Today LIVE!

Hi Friends! Today at 12:30pm Eastern Time on YouTube we are going to draw and paint a lovely (and maybe a bit scary for all you Doctor WHO fans out there) weeping angel statue.  There is no pattern because we will sketch it together! Yay!

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You can watch the live show or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat and ask me questions as we paint be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET and if you are on a tablet make sure to not have it in full screen mode (or turn your device to portrait mode) so you can see the chat.

Supplies are available from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama! *They are currently having a BOGO on many of my favorite brushes including the Mimik synthetic Squirrel brushes! Check it out!

Watercolors: I am using M Graham as many people have been asking about them lately:

140# CP (cold pressed) Watercolor Paper

Brushes: Mimik Synthetic Squirrel (I recommend the value pack set of 8)

Also, you will want a pencil, soft white eraser (we are sketching!) 2 water buckets and paper towels.

ALSO the 20% off discount for Lifebook 2017 has been extended through the end of January! Use coupon code: FIREWORKS2017 to save 20% off a year of classes an inspiration, find out more here. I just finished up filming my first class for the year long workshop, it will air in March, here is a picture of the finished page.

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There are 23 other wonderful mixed media artists sharing their secrets too so I hope you have a look at what Lifebook 2017 has to offer and I thank you for your support. 🙂

Get your supplies ready and we will see you at 12:30 ET for some painting fun! Til then Happy Crafting!

LIVE! 12:30pm Eastern Time, Beautiful Vintage Moth in Watercolor (and maybe mixed media}

15936408_10208122599768174_8311229058637729676_oHi friends! I missed doing last weeks show so much (snow storm power and internet outage) but I am back this week and I hope you will join me today at 12:30pm ET for a fun live painting class! I found this lovely vintage moth advertisement that is in the public domain and I painted a loose sketch on an ATC and shared it last week and many folks asked for a tutorial so I decided to do one larger with more detail today. Here is the reference image:

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Here is a PDF pattern you can print and trace on your watercolor paper.  You can watch the live stream or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat live be sure to watch on the youtube watch page. Also if you are using a tablet make sure you don’t have it in full screen mode if you want to see the chat.

Find supplies at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!

Other: water buckets, paper towels and I grabbed some rubber stamps and stencils in case I want to add to the background!

Love Mixed Media? Try a year long mixed media course and save 20% with coupon FIREWORKS2017 Join me and 23 other mixed media teachers for LifeBook 2017!

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The first class is up and the artwork from the students is AMAZING! But it is not to late to join! Things are just getting started on LifeBook 2017 and I would love to see what YOU create during a year of weekly mixed media art classes, find our more or enroll here.

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I hope you can join me for the live show today at 12:30pm ET, til than happy crafting!

Happy New Year! LifeBook 2017 Starts Today!!!

Stamp School: Layered Stenciling! {a USE YOUR STASH project}

Hi friends! Do you ever look at the pile of supplies in your craftroom and feel badly that they are collecting dust? Well today we will put some neglected supplies to use: stencils, Gelatos, gel sticks, watercolor crayons, pastels, distress crayons, ink pads you name it. And don’t even think that you can’t do this project because I am sure you can find something in your stash that will suffice. No excuses:) I had been feeling badly about the small fortune I spent on Distress Crayons (because quite frankly I was not impressed with them and then I felt bad that I wasted my money) but then I thought, well, they are bought and paid for, I might as well see what I CAN do with them and turns out they worked darn well for this technique!

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No more Distress Crayon guilt for me! Do you have any supplies you feel guilty for buying and not using? Let me know in the comments and hopefully today’s video will inspire you to use them!

Video!

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Supplies:

  • Stamps from Art Neko: Marine stuff,  Steampunk, Postcard
  • Bristol board or smooth cardstock (cut 4.5″x6″)
  • Stencils
  • Water-soluble crayons or oil pastels (Distress crayons, Gelatos, gel sticks, gel crayons, portfolio water-soluble pastels, Prima water-soluble pastels or watercolor crayons.)
  • Die based ink (Like Distress Ink)
  • Black Pigment ink (Like Versafine Onyx black)
  • Baby wipes
  • Make up sponges (cosmetic wedges)
  • Heat Tool (optional)
  • White gesso or acrylic paint
  • Low tack painters tape or masking tape
  • Cheap aerosol hairspray (I like Aqua Net for this)
  • Most importantly, time to play and have fun!

Directions:
1. Cut cardstock or 9″x12″ Bristol board into quarters. You can stamp postcard info on the back or use this as a card front.
2. Place a big stencil on top of the panel and secure with tape. Sponge ink over the stencil.
3. Ink up some pattern stamps with the same color ink and stamp over stencil, it does not have to be perfect.
4. Add similar color pastels to the openings of the stencil and blend with a baby wipe.
5. Place a smaller stencil on (over the big stencil still in place) and stencil with gesso.
6. Remove stencils and add ink to the panel if desired. You can stencil more with the gesso too if you like!
7. Stamp your focal image with black pigment ink and ink the edges in black.
8. Spray with a fixative or cheap hairspray to seal the postcard.

Remember if you don’t want to use this as a post card or if you mess up the back this makes a pretty card front as well. You can even use this technique on an art journal page! I would love to hear what you think of this project in the comments below and if you liked it please consider sharing it using one of the handy social media buttons at the end of this post. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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