You know how fresh flowers are the first things you see when walking into a Whole Foods store? Sometimes, especially this time of year, I'll just stand amongst the blooms and pretend it's spring. I'm always tempted to buy up the entire section, and often I'll walk out with a bouquet to bring some life to my living room.
An underpainting is an initial layer of paint that blocks in shapes or values for subsequent layers. Applying an underpainting early on can help you determine that your composition works and allow you to see and plan for proper values.
I love mail. Snail mail, that is. Real life, papery goodness, stamped, signed, sealed, delivered—MAIL. I love to send it, and I love to receive it. Upcycling is a great way to reuse mail and make your own art or make artistic mailers that your friends and loved ones will "oooh" and "ahhh" over when they open their mailbox. And with these tricks from 101 Mixed Media Techniques, even junk mail will be fun to receive.
Valentine's Day is a great excuse to get in touch with all those lovey, happy, thankful feelings we have for the sweet people in our lives. It's also a great excuse for painting valentine hearts. I've been feeling inspired by Flora Bowley's incredible book Brave, Intuitive Painting, and I decided to go brave and bold with my valentine hearts this year.
Earlier this week we posted about the benefits of using underpainting as a base for oil painting. Now we want to talk about the next step: using underpainting as your guide.
The Color Mix
Red is a powerful color with symbolic meaning that goes back through all of history. And during American Heart Month (building awareness for heart disease) and on Valentine's Day, it seems like the perfect color to hightlight in The Color Mix. But we're not talking about just any red—we're talking about bold and beautiful Crimson.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is taking place in New York City this week, and it got me thinking about the art of fashion — not only the manufacturing of the actual clothing but also the countless sketches and design work that inevitably went into every piece.
Penny Raile's journey to become an artist involves getting out of your own head and letting go of fear—her story encourages the creator in each of us that it's never too late to trust your talents and pursue what you love. Although Penny discovered a love for art in college, for years afterward she felt compelled to craft, draw, and paint, but struggled with self-doubt. In recent years, she has explored and stepped into a new identity as an artist, personally and professionally. Today she works and makes her home in a 1600 square-foot Los Angeles studio full of color and inspiration.
Back on February 2nd, the groundhog saw his shadow and let us all know that we were in for 6 more weeks of winter (according to old lore at least!). Well, like most people across the country, we are ready for spring! These gorgeous spreads of flora and fauna found in the Pictura Nature and Fairies coloring books are our latest inspiration. We're all about the greens and blues for coloring in this beautiful artwork.
In yesterday's post we talked about upcycling your mail into new artwork that you can enjoy yourself or send on as artistic new mail for friends. Today it's all about upcycling packages and even packaging from your kitchen. Cardboard from packages, cereal boxes, beverage boxes...any boxes can be used and each style/brand/logo adds its own character to your art.
The last decade has been an amazing and exciting time for cartooning. As graphic novels have grown in popularity, the art of cartooning and illustration has continued to improve and advance. If you've been thinking about adding illustration and graphic storytelling to your artistic repertoire, then the idea of placement & flow is an important one to master.
Making art is meant to be fun—some might even call it a relaxing and meditative experience. Sometimes it is a treat to get to build on another artist's work with your own creativity. Coloring is the perfect ready-to-go way to tap into your inner artist.
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