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Friday, 9 May 2014

How Copying Someone Else Helps Your Art Grow

This week I've had the pleasure of painting along with the lovely Danielle Donaldson in her online class creativeGIRL: the land of light and shadows. I followed my tried and tested formula for online classes as follows:

1. Copy exactly what the instructor offers for at least 2 projects.
2. Play with any materials they use that appeal to me in a non-structured/non-results orientated way in my journal.
3. Don't do any art for at least 24 hours.
4. Come back to my journal and use at least one of the techniques and one of the materials from the online class with the materials I love to use and a subject I love to paint.

This picture is the result. I think it might be my most favourite piece yet... and I can see lots of potential improvements.

Do you join online art classes? How do you make what you learn there your own?

Thursday, 1 May 2014

How to Use Water Based Inks to Create a Bright Background

After I posted my 'She Wore Flowers in Her Hair' piece a fortnight ago, a few people asked me how I used spray inks and managed to keep them so bright, clear and 'unmuddied'. So I did a video. Where I actually TALK! This is a big thing for me.

I hope you like the piece I created.

I hope you enjoy the video, learn something useful, and are inspired to create your own bright background.

If you'd like to read more about my technique you can visit my Lulu Art Design Team post for more details.