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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
How To Draw a Face

As promised I’m sharing with you a video tutorial on How To Draw a Face. I realize that a step out photo tutorial is not as informative and clear as a video tutorial so here it is. Before you say that you can’t draw and this is too complicated let me tell you a little secret. Not too long ago I said exactly the same thing! I was sure that drawing a face was something beyond me and since I don’t know how to draw this is something I will never be able to do. I was wrong!     How To Draw a Face I don’t like to be wrong but in this case I was thrilled. Drawing a face is much easier than it looks and all you have to do is follow a few steps. How to draw a face is all a matter of technique. Really…no skills are needed, just using the same technique over and …

Sunday, July 17th, 2016
Altered Playing Cards – part 2

We’re continuing with the Altered Playing Cards series and we’ll be exploring new mixed media techniques and ways to alter the playing cards into amazing pieces of art. Today we’ll alter 4 cards using different materials like gelatos, acrylic paints and distress inks. Don’t forget we are using the 52 power words list we created in the 52 word challenge where each one of you wrote 52 words that inspire you and empower you. Each card is matched with one word and is designed to correspond with that word.     Altered Playing Cards Each card is design according to my interpretation of the word and it might not “speak” to you. Feel free to change things and give each design your personal interpretation and style. The techniques and materials I use are for your inspiration and are meant to give you ideas and ways to alter the cards. Before you start don’t forget to cover all your playing cards …

Sunday, June 26th, 2016
The Basics of Gelli Printing

I’m so excited to share with you The Basics of Gelli Printing! This is such a fun way of creating backgrounds, art journal pages and other mixed media projects that once you start it’s kind of hard to stop. In this video I will cover the basic techniques for gelli printing by using acrylic paints, stencils and found objects.     The basics of gelli printing Gelli printing sometimes has an unpredictable aspect. When you apply the paint on the gelli plate you never really know how it will look on paper. First of all it’s reverse and second you build layers that you don’t know how will look together once you are finished. Some people are uncomfortable with this lack of control and never tried gelli printing because of that. But I love it! I think that this is part of what art is about, use your imagination and accept whatever comes out.     The basics of gelli …

Sunday, May 8th, 2016
Altered Mixed media Playing cards

These altered mixed media playing cards are just like creating mini mixed media canvases or art journal pages but much less intimidating and at least as much fun. The small size of the playing cards makes it easier to create or experiment with techniques. Plus the fact these are inexpensive playing cards makes the creating process less binding. So if you until now you were on the fence in regards to mixed media this is your chance to give it a try.   Altered Mixed media Playing Cards I used regular playing cards and gessoed their back side, I thought maybe I’ll want to play with them so I left the images on the front intact. After the gesso was dry I started playing. I treated each playing card like a canvas or an art journal page and created on it. I didn’t want to create a series of cards or something like that, just give every card its own …

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
52 Words of Happiness Challenge

I’m starting something new: 52 Words of Happiness challenge. Life is not easy. It’s complicated, difficult and sometimes really annoying. We all have problems and things we have to deal with, it doesn’t matter if we deal with personal issues, family issues or any other kind of issues, we all have them. But we persevere, we don’t give up and we do the best we can. We have happy moments, blessed memories, people we love, things we enjoy doing and places we like to go. Most of the time life is not so bad…it can even be fun and joyful. I believe that as long as we are here we should make the best of it, embrace life and everything it brings, live every day to the fullest and try to look on the bright side as much as possible.   52 Words of Happiness There are 52 weeks a year. I always feel that when a new week starts it’s like …

Friday, April 15th, 2016
Saturday Mixtravaganza VIP Room Q&A

I’m answering Saturday Mixtravaganza VIP Room questions that I got recently from you. I’m honored and so blesses with the amount of interest the Saturday Mixtravaganza VIP Room is getting and I hope to leave up to all your expectations.   Saturday Mixtravaganza VIP Room Questions & Answers   Q:  What is exactly is the VIP Room? A: I have a YouTube channel for the past two years where I post a video tutorial every week. It is very successful (almost 19k subscribers). The video i post there are of short easy projects. Recently I’ve been getting more and more requests from my viewers to have longer, more in depth video tutorials of more complicated projects especially of paper crafts and mixed media. To that end I’ve opened the VIP Room. Q: What can I expect to find in the VIP Room? A: The VIP Room is a members only blog which requires a username and password to access. In …

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
Watercolor Art Journal Page

This week’s video is watercolors art journal page. It is so easy to do, you only need a permanent black pen and watercolors. I used to be afraid of watercolors for a long time but I finally tried it and it’s great, much easier than I thought it would be. Just take a water brush or a regular brush, wet it in water and start playing!   Watercolor Art Journal Page I started with doodling on the page with a black pen. It’s very important that you use a permanent waterproof pen that will not smear or bleed when you use the water colors. You don’t need to know how to draw. I certainly don’t! I just scribbled and doodled on the page like a two year old. What you need to create are shapes and spaces to color later with the water colors. The shapes don’t have to be accurate or symmetrical, they have to be fun and creative. …

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