FACES – CREATING MIXED MEDIA PORTRAITS – LESSON 3

  Hi dear members!   In today’s lesson we’ll explore in more detail the different organs of the face such as eyes, nose and lips. Apparently there are some common mistakes people make when drawing these organs and I want to show you how to draw them right.     SHAPE OF HEAD   Usually when you ask someone what is the shape of the head they’ll tell you it’s an egg shape. Well, this is kind of true except one difference – the egg is an oval shape and all sides are curved. A head is an oval shape with straight lines on the sides. So when you draw a head start with the straight sides first and then add curved lines towards the bottom and the chin. Go up and add curved lines for the top of the head.   EYES   There are some misconceptions about drawing eyes: Contrary to what might a common belief the eyes …

FACES – CREATING MIXED MEDIA PORTRAITS – LESSON 2

  Hi dear members!   Thank you for all your amazing comments about this series. I’m so happy you find it useful and informative and I promise we’ll unlock the secrets of drawing faces together!       In this lesson we’ll combine doodling and abstract techniques with our mixed media face. I drew this face with black pens but you can definitely do it with a pencil first and then go over all the lines with a black pen. This lesson’s face will not look realistic although it still has two eyes, ears, nose and a mouth. However The elements in the face are more loose and inaccurate and that’s on purpose. Making faces like that is a little easier because it’s more forgiving. You don’t have to make the face look real so it’s OK if the eyes are in a different size, if the nose is too big if the entire face is not straight etc. You …

MIXED MEDIA 101: ADDING TEXTURE

  Hi dear members! Adding texture and dimension is one of the key ingredients in any mixed media project. Texture on a surface is basically any pattern or material that rises above the surface and can be seen or felt. Today we will learn about the ways to add texture to any surface you create your mixed media project on.       Download Mixed Media 101: Acrylic Mediums – Gel Medium eBook pages (17-20)   HOW TO ADD TEXTURE In order to create a raised surface you need a material that is strong enough to keep its shape after you apply it. There are two main materials to add texture: modeling paste and actual physical objects.   MODELING PASTE Modeling paste is a thick substance that holds its shape after applying. There are many modeling pastes available and they basically differ in their consistency. You’ll see that some are thicker than the others, some have a sandy texture and …

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 …

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