NEW SERIES: FACES – CREATING MIXED MEDIA PORTRAITS

    Hi dear members!   I’m so thrilled to start a new series in the VIP Room: FACES – CREATING MIXED MEDIA PORTRAITS. One of the things I struggled with when I started creating was drawing faces. As someone who doesn’t know how to draw I felt I just couldn’t create a face that I liked. Over time I learned some techniques and became a little more forgiving towards myself and realized there are many types of faces and they are all good.       When I started teaching I heard the same thing from my students: ”I can’t draw”, ”faces are too complicated” etc. I want to show you that anyone can draw a face! We actually already did the first lesson awhile back. You can find it HERE and review the basic rules of drawing a face. In this series we’ll create art journal pages with different types of faces – realistic, abstract, funky, distorted and …

MIXED MEDIA 101: ACRYLIC MEDIUMS – GEL MEDIUM

  Hi dear members! After mastering acrylic paints and learning about gesso today we’ll explore one of the most versatile and used material in mixed media: gel medium.     WHAT IS GEL MEDIUM?   Gel Medium is essentially a binder without pigment. Without getting too technical, it was initially an acrylic substance used to build texture in paintings by mixing with acrylic paint. It increases the paint’s transparency and dries clear without diminishing its consistency or adhesive properties. It is inter mixable with all types of acrylic paints. It is light fast, water-based, flexible, and permanent. Gel Medium is used primarily for Arts and Crafts in various ways (mentioned below). They come in a variety of thickness (viscosity), sheen, and transparency. Artists and crafters use it to build texture in paintings, as a glue in collage and mixed media, as a top coat to protect artwork, as a decoupage tool, as a means to transfer images, as a glaze …

STEAMPUNK HOT AIR BALLOON

  Hi dear members! It’s been a long time since we made a steampunk project in the VIP room! So today let’s take a break from technique learning and make a full mixed media steampunk style project!     WHAT IS STEAMPUNK Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West” and incorporate mechanical parts and fantasy alongside old futuristic and Victorian elements like hot air balloons, light bulbs, wings  and pipes. For any steampunk project you want to make you need two basic elements: color and materials.   COLOR In order to get that industrial effect you need to use the right colors. The basic colors will be metal colors like gold, silver and copper as well as rust and oxidization colors like turquoise and green. …

MIXED MEDIA 101: ACRYLIC MEDIUMS: GESSO

  Hi dear members! After mastering acrylic paints and learning how to use them with different techniques today we’ll start exploring acrylic mediums. The part about stencils will come a little later… Acrylic mediums are the basic tools and materials in mixed media. These are substances that are added or combined with acrylic paints to change one or more of its properties. Some acrylic mediums are used in addition to acrylic paints and not necessarily with them.     There are a few main acrylic mediums and we’ll cover all of them in the series parts:   PREP ACRYLIC MEDIUMS   Surface preparation mediums are used to seal, prime and add tooth (for color adhesion) to all surfaces such as canvas, wood, paper and metal.   ACRYLIC MEDIUMS TO USE WITH PAINT   There are several different types of products you would use in addition to the paint itself: fluid mediums, gel mediums, additives, and texture gels. Don’t worry! You don’t …

MIXED MEDIA 101: ACRYLIC PAINTS: Part 2

  Hi dear members! I hope you liked the first part of the acrylic paints chapter in the Mixed Media 101 series. It’s hard for me to know what you’re thinking if you don’t leave comments… The first chapter is all about acrylic paints and what you can do with them. In part 2 we’ll continue to master the basic techniques of using acrylic paints. All techniques will be demonstrated on a piece of watercolor paper.     Let’s get started with these four new and fun techniques to use acrylic paints in any mixed media project.   5. PALETTE KNIFE   Using a palette knife enables you to add a lot of paint to the project and create texture with it. This technique is similar to what artists often do with oil paints. As long as the acrylic paint is thick enough it will hold any shape you apply with the palette knife. Load the palette knife with paint …

MIXED MEDIA 101: MASTER THE FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS OF MIXED MEDIA ART – ACRYLIC PAINTS: Part 1

  Hi dear members! I’m so excited to start a new series in the VIP Room: Mixed Media 101: Master the Fundamental Concepts of Mixed media Art.       Contrary to what you might think mixed media require no experience to create. Yes! you heard me… zero experience needed. This form of art has no rules or boundaries and it allows everyone to create, experiment and explore techniques and materials. It’s about trial and error, passion and purpose, imagining and discovering. There is no right or wrong… everything goes, adding paper, creating texture, painting or doodling. There is no rules and no limits to exploring! The idea of this series is to introduce and teach more than 100 mixed media techniques that you can use individually or combine as many as you want in your mixed media project. We will explore these techniques in chapters, mastering a different material or technique in each chapter. Some of the techniques will …

Use Your Scraps – Jewelry

    Hi dear members, remember we started thus series way back? Well… it’s time to revisit it! I don’t know about you but I have lots of scraps in my craft room and I always try to come up with ways to use it. I don’t like to see materials just sitting around in my craft room especially if they’re leftovers. I just get very uncomfortable knowing I have all these supplies and I don’t do anything with them. So I’m on a mission to find ways to use them!     Today we’ll use old jewelry. I’m not talking about expensive, real jewelry. I’m talking about old cheap jewelry you might have from your kids or from way back when you had no money 🙂 I could never throw out jewelry even if it was cheap plastic or metal so over time I got a few in a box. I’m glad I kept them because I found out …

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