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Watercolor Lesson: How to Paint Cat Eyes - Artist's Network. If you love everything about art, including learning new styles, looking at the work of others, and being inspired by the enthusiasm of other artists, then I have the book for you.

Watercolor Lesson: How to Paint Cat Eyes - Artist's Network

Jean Haines’ World of Watercolor has all of the above, and more. Her passion for art is nothing short of contagious. She herself compares making art to being an athlete (practicing, strengthening mental muscles, etc). If that’s the analogy, then consider Jean your coach. She tells us, “I wish to welcome you into my world–my haven where only color and beauty exist–and to show how, with the touch of a brush, you can be transported wherever you wish to go.” To give you a little taste of Jean’s easy-breezy teaching style, here’s one of her watercolor painting demonstrations, on how to paint a cat’s eye. Jean’s tip: Connecting eye color to surrounding facial sections adds interest to results. I love painting animals. 1. Painting with Gravity. Beyond the Brush: Inventive Use of Media for Painting Students. This article outlines unusual painting and drawing techniques that are useful for creating exciting sketchbook pages, grounds, textural layers and adding tone and colour to an artwork.

Beyond the Brush: Inventive Use of Media for Painting Students

While mastery of traditional painting techniques can be all that is needed in a high school art project, sometimes combining traditional methods with wild and inventive approaches is advantageous! Dip paper directly into paint / ink Splashing liquid paint or dye onto a surface is one of the most unpredictable and exciting means of applying colour. Take turns at the classroom sink, dipping whole sheets of paper into watered down acrylic, splashing and flicking water across your work: holding paper, canvas or other painting surfaces in the air and letting the paint run down. Once an appealing wash of colour has been achieved, placed the artwork flat to dry, so the paint or ink pools and dries in naturally occuring swirls.

Paint using drips. Dreamscaping With June Rollins® When teaching watercolor classes, I often see students struggle with what I consider one of the joys of watercolor.

Dreamscaping With June Rollins®

I’m referring to the joys of color mixing. The Triad Tree is a simple demo using a primary triad and letting the colors mix on the paper. Above is the painting set-up. I’m using American Journey Joe’s Blue, Sour Lemon and Pomegranate. Mist the paper first and then tap in yellow. Next, tap in red. Next, blue. All three colors have been tapped in. Hot Glue Gun Stencils. Instead of art journal prompts this week I’m experimenting with some art journaling techniques!

Hot Glue Gun Stencils

This hot glue stencil technique is from mixed media artist Traci Bautista…..my art journaling hero. I’m in love with her studio…..click the image below to see more: First, I used my hot glue gun to draw out a few designs. Tutorials. P.S.

Tutorials

Make sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter. …it’s where I give my weekly rundown. Your info is safe with me…..never shared with anyone else…..promise. I don’t spam. Promise. Glazed, Distressed Paintings. I was so excited when Kirstin and Jordan of Kojo Designs asked me to be a part of their “the sincerest form of flattery” series!

Glazed, Distressed Paintings

I love a good challenge so I’ve been keeping my eye out for something on my “wish list” that would be fun to do! I love these prints of glazed paintings from Ballard Designs and decided to make a miniature version of the beach themed one: With a few simple steps (and an eager toddler), I was able to mimic a similar glazed effect to create my own beach painting! I use a paper mache layer underneath the paint so that I can get a peeling-paint-aged-look. My family spent most of the summer at Debordieu beach (near Georgetown, S.C.) when I was growing up. Alma Stoller: how to make a cardboard canvas. Supplies: cardboard/chipboard, mod podge, masking tape, a brush and pages from a book. apply Mod Podge on a piece of cardboard and collage book pages on it.

Alma Stoller: how to make a cardboard canvas

Let it dry. How to Make Your Own Fluid Acrylics. Video Tutorials Using the Gelli Plate. On the 1st of each month I’ll have a new Gelli video tutorial!

Video Tutorials Using the Gelli Plate

Here are links to previous Party tutorials using the Gelli Plate. Share what you’ve made printing in the Colorful Playground! Be sure to check out the Colorful Playground for some amazing prints, projects, and techniques! Free Doodle Tutorial: Doodling & Mixed Media Techniques. Who says a bouquet can’t be fodder for a little graffiti fun?

Free Doodle Tutorial: Doodling & Mixed Media Techniques

Traci Bautista is back, bringing you yet another great collage tutorial —a technique that you can try in your art journal the next time you are stumped for ideas. This same technique could be used on fabric, where doodling is just as much fun as it is on paper. (And if you’ve wanted to start an art journal, but haven’t yet, we can help you decide what type of journal is best for you.) (This tutorial was previously published in Doodles Unleashed by Traci Bautista, copyright 2012; republished here courtesy of CreateMixedMedia.com) Inspired by the juxtaposition of colorful urban graffiti walls and blossoming gardens, my graffiti bouquet paintings are visual journal collages with extreme color and texture in rich, vibrant layers. Spread gesso onto the page with a foam brush. Paint over flower shapes and stems with acrylic paints. Paint the stems and leaves in darker acrylic paints using a flat brush.

Let the piece dry. Acrylic Leaf Printing: A Watercolor Tutorial for Art Journaling - Create Mixed Media. While this tutorial encourages the use of loose watercolor paper, you can, of course, try this technique in your art journal so long as it’s on watercolor paper.

Acrylic Leaf Printing: A Watercolor Tutorial for Art Journaling - Create Mixed Media

So find those leaves you collected last fall and give it a try! ( Don’t have any leaves? Find other objects with texture to try around your kitchen or studio.) This tutorial was previously published in Exploring Watercolor by Elizabeth Groves, copyright 2007; republished here courtesy of Createmixedmedia.com. Printing with leaves is an interesting way to use natural materials to create intriguing patterns using the principles of design and elements of composition. Materials List Brushes Nos. 4, 8 and 14 rounds 1-inch (25mm) and 3-inch (76mm) flats No. 1 detail brushWatercolors Daniel Smith: Quinacridone Crimson, Quinacridone Gold M. Painting with Re-Inkers from Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop - Create Mixed Media.

Creating Backgrounds from Mixed Media Techniques for Art Journaling - Create Mixed Media. Creating backgrounds can be one of the funnest parts of art journaling and in Mixed Media Techniques for Art Journaling, you can learn some awesome background-making techniques. Below are some of the Groovy Backgrounds from Journal Bliss by Violette that are featured in Mixed Media Techniques for Art Journaling. But that’s not quite enough, is it? Anatomically Speaking from Collage Crafts Gone Wild - Create Mixed Media. This tutorial was originally published in Bent, Bound and Stitched by Gieseppina “Josie” Cirinione. It was republished in the book Collage Crafts Gone Wild: Mixed-Media Projects and Techniques edited by Kristy Conlin, copyright 2013; featured here courtesy of CreateMixedMedia.com. Clip art and decorative paper can come together strikingly through the modern marvels of photocopy technology.

By photocopying clip art onto scrapbook paper or pages of a dictionary, you add instant dimension to any image. Mistakes Can Be an Opportunity - Create Mixed Media. I used to be afraid that I might make a mistake but not any more. Mistakes are pure gold to me now. Why? Because every mistake is an opportunity. Things formerly known as a mistake are now just an Oops. Mixed Media on Paper - Create Mixed Media. *A guest post by Jenny Moed-Korpela. Acrylic Painting Outside the Square! - Create Mixed Media. (This tutorial was previously published in the book Paint Mojo A Mixed Media Workshop by Tracy Verdugo, copyright 2014. Balzer Designs. 25 Key Watercolor Painting Tutorials, Techniques, How Tos. Techniques with Water Soluble Media - Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft. Hello, friends! Creating Watercolor Textures with Alcohol. The Art of Acrylics: Creative Painting Techniques. Collage with Acrylics Acrylic paint is an excellent adhesive and can be used for binding papers, fabrics, sand, and other material to the support; it serves as a main bonding element in collages.

Acrylic gels or texture paste can be used to stick larger objects. When making a collage, lightweight objects are obviously best, because they are easier to glue in a permanent way. If the object is quite heavy, you may need extra support, like nails or wires. Painting with Sandpaper, Wire Brushes, Cloth, and Plastic Wrap Many materials, tools, and techniques can be used to obtain the most creative textures on an acrylic painting, your imagination is the limit for what you can use. . - Sandpaper. . - Wire brushes, pot scrapers, and other abrasive tools, can produce interesting effect both on wet or dry paint layers. . - Cloth and plastic wrap can be used to produce unique textures in your painting. Salt + coffee watercolor technique. I’ve been painting ever since I was little, but somehow, watercolors never remained in my rotation for very long.

It’s a shame because watercolor techniques can produce beautiful painterly effects, and some of my favorite artists these days work in the medium. Luckily, this watercolor tutorial from Michelle requires no previous experience; it uses simple household materials like coffee and salt to create cool visual effects in the application of the paint. Art Journal Every Day: No More Blank Pages. If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, all the posts can be found here.

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