I'm Guest Teaching Life Book 2018! Blog Hop & Give Away!

Hello everyone!

I am so excited to announce I am going to be teaching on Life Book 2018 next year!  Being a teacher on Life Book has been a dream of mine!  I love all the content, teachers, and the whole vibe of Life Book!  Life Book is full of so much arty goodness!  

And even MORE exciting news is that I can GIVE AWAY 1 space on this amazing year long art course!  Keep reading to find out more about Life Book 2018 and to find out how you can win a spot! 

Below is a bit more about Life Book in case you haven't heard about it yet!

“Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU” is a year-long mixed media art class organised by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.  Tam is joined by 23 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! PLUS this year, Life Book is going to be bigger and better by including another 12 fantastic artists and wellness guides who will focus on additional personal development practices and other art modalities, like sculpting, photography & writing!

Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life! You will also be introduced to yoga, aromatherapy, dance and angel energy and other wellness exercises to help support your personal development journey more holistically and imagine the fun we will have getting introduced to and acquainted with some of the other wonderful art forms out there!

You can find out a lot more about this wildly popular course (it has been joined by over 16500+ people in the past!) by clicking HERE!

My class is in the works!  Below is an image much like what I will be teaching!

Life Book 2018

I will teach you about drawing faces and using vibrant watercolors!  I am so excited to create with you!  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn many techniques from dozens of talented artists!  We will have an amazing Life Book filled with gorgeous art at the end of the year!  Come join the fun!

Registration opens on September 12th 2017 and the class begins on January 1st 2018.

Keep this page bookmarked so that you can sign up the moment it goes on sale! 

Onto the give-away and blog hop!  I am delighted to give away 1 space on Life Book 2018 to 1 lucky winner!  In addition, if you follow the blog hop (see below for links and dates) you can up your chances of winning a space by entering all the other give-aways also! 

Enter the give-away by following all these 3 easy steps!

1. Share this give-away on Facebook or Instagram
2. Sign up for my newsletter
3. Leave a comment below letting us know why you would love to join Life Book 2018

I will announce the winner on September 12th!

Here is the list of the other amazing teachers who will be teaching on Life Book – they too will be giving away a spot on Life Book so go check them out and enter their give-aways! 

Enjoy the hop and good luck!  

 

 

Guest Artist Erika Barriga

Hi!  Today I am so excited to introduce Erika Barriga!  Erika is the creator of fun, whimsical watercolor illustrations!  Erika is great about sharing tips and all things watercolor!

ZEM Brush Ambassador Erika Barriga is a freelance watercolor illustrator. Her beautiful pieces are whimsical and playful, perfect for kids and kids at heart. She has shared some of her story about how she got started, how you can find time for art and what she loves about watercolor. Find more of her artwork and courses at www.Fluximagery.com.   Erika also has a YouTube channel where she shares all kinds of arty goodness!

Your mermaids are the cutest, can you tell me more?

I love art challenges and when I found out that MerMay was a thing, drawing mermaids in May, I was all about it.  Also, I don’t see brown mermaids at all.  I started out drawing myself and my babies as mermaids.  The curves, the colors, etc; mermaids are so much fun to draw and paint.  This is going to last for awhile.

You often work in watercolors, yes?

Yes, I started out with wanting to work with watercolor but I thought it was too difficult. Instead, I worked with digital art but working with watercolor and getting that organic feel in my art was always in the back of my mind. Eventually I decided to just go for it and I've been in love with it ever since.

What is it about that medium you like?

I love the transparency of the layers, how portable it is and how unpredictable it is. Watercolor is its own language, there is no other medium like it and although it can be difficult at times, I have fun and I'm always learning. Working with different washes is exciting because you can actually see the colors mixing on the paper and depending on where they land in the color wheel, you'll get different results. I find that I need a plan of action before I dive in and that helps to make the process more enjoyable as well as getting closer to the outcome I want.

What do you have in your kit?

It is so easy for me to take my watercolors wherever I go.  I have a small metal palette with around 18 wells, all of my paints are from tubes.  I tend to paint small and I love multi-purpose brushes so I have less to carry around.  My top 3 is a round brush no. 8 6001 synthetic brush (coming soon) 6), Cat's Tongue brush (no. 4) [link] and a bigger brush for backgrounds.  6200 Green Sable Synthetics Round Brush size 10 is a great choice for big washes.

What advice would you give to creative parents with young kids?

Don't work when the kids are around! Haha, but seriously, I do try to work in smaller blocks of time and when they are occupied with something else. If they are busy having their own play time or watching a movie, I will step away and work for an hour or so. Of course there are times when I opt to just cuddle with them too, it's a delicate balancing act but it's possible.

How can they find time to create?

Really look at your day and see how you're spending your time.  Delegate certain chores or other deliverables to others.  Swap watching the kids with a friend, I have a friend who has play dates with our kids and I can go to the library.  It's amazing and we both appreciate it so much.  Incorporate your creating time with your kids.  Draw together and explore just like you would in your sketchbook.  You never know, you could stumble on an idea that can grow from there.

What got you into art?

I think being an only child growing up fueled my storytelling.  I was always making up games with special rules, drawing maps, writing stories and then illustrating those stories.  I remember having a little white rectangular basic watercolor palette with 6 colors in oval wells.  That was my very first introduction to watercolor and throughout school, art was always my constant.  I love how art can communicate with all ages, especially picture books.  Being able to be a part of that cycle is exciting.  Seeing my kids, 5 and 2, tell me what animals I've painted or what is going on in the story, that makes me so happy.

How did you know what type of art you wanted to do?

I discovered the type of art I wanted to create by looking at the art I loved.  Identifying what was drawing me to it; illustration style, subject matter, materials, etc.  Keeping what you love the most and discarding the rest is how you find your style.  It's continually changing and it's interesting to see where you end up.  You may find my digital work to be very different from my watercolor art.  However, they are consistent in that they are playful and from the heart.

 

The Power Of Belief

Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.
— Henry Ford

 

 From "I can't!" to "I can!"                                                                

 From "I can't!" to "I can!"                                                                

Hello creative friends!  Time for a very overdue post.

The power of belief has been at the forefront of my mind for the past few weeks.   I have been looking at my thoughts in depth.  I realized I have been stopping myself from pursuing many of my dreams!  Most recently a dream came true and I would like to start there. 

For years I wanted to draw people but I would just keep saying I can't.  The page remained blank and I was convinced I was not a person who had the talent to draw people.  I kept hearing people speaking about how our thoughts create our reality.  That finally registered when I realized by saying I could not do something, I was preventing myself from even trying.  In that moment I allowed myself to try.  I picked up my pencil and drew a person.  The result was not astounding and I knew I had work to do.  I was finally on the road to drawing people.  I assessed what I created and looked for areas where I needed to improve.  Opening up to the possibility of me being able to do the thing I wanted to do so badly was freeing.  I am now happily drawing people, teaching others and feeling very inspired!

I have many more dreams I have been blocking.  I am flipping my thoughts and stepping out on new adventures!  I would love for you to join me!  Are there any thoughts stopping you from living a dream or pursuing a goal?   Are you ready to change your thinking?   I would love to hear from you in the comments!

Watercolor Tutorial 2: Washes and Experiments

Grab your brushes, paper, paints and some water and let's get painting!

This week I will show you a few of my favorite warm ups and color experiments.  I love to play with watercolor and just let it do it's thing.  Magic happens when you let watercolor flow freely!

First, let's get out all 3 primary colors (red, yellow and blue).  We will make a color wheel and see how easily our colors mix together.  If you would like you can get a free printable blank color wheel off the internet and print it onto some watercolor paper.  In the video below I am using Winsor and Newton paints in: perm rose, winsor yellow and winsor blue. (New videos coming soon!)

How did it go?  I hope you had a ton of fun mixing up your colors and painting them into your color wheel.

Now we will do a little bit of experimenting with our paints.  I love just adding some water to the paper and dropping in color to see what it will do.  I have a notebook of color experiments I keep handy.  In my notebook I note the colors I used so I can easily create the magical mixes again and again.  I recommend using 2 - 4 colors you love and creating color palettes to see how they work together.  In the next video I demo how to do some experiments and how to layer.


How did it go?  Did you make any fun discoveries? 

Thank you for stopping by!  Have fun playing with paint!  Stay tuned for next weeks tutorial on more color mixing and fun watercolor tricks.

Giveaway Time!

Thank you so much for all the likes on Facebook and follows on Instagram!!!!

In honor of hitting 400 on Instagram and 200 on Facebook, I am doing a giveaway of one of my original watercolor portraits! To qualify you just have to have liked my facebook page, followed me on instagram, done a post on my art on instagram and or subscribed to my blog! 

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If you would like a chance to win just comment below and let me know what you did to enter. You will be entered one time for each action listed above....that is up to 4 chances to win

The winner will be announced on May 4th!

Thank you for following and supporting me and my art!!!!