rudoph, the red nose reindeer
had a very shiny nose
day 9's illustration is by far the one that provided the biggest challenges and rewards. i've experimented with gouache and pearlescent liquid acrylics and flocking powder. the result is a cute illustration fit for a little girl's room at christmas.
the video below will give you some tips and info on my painting process and if you are interested in coloring this very same image, it is up for grabs on Etsy, just click on this thumbnail to get there!
and here are some high resolution images. please click on them to get a clearer image.
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today, i decided to reveal my big secret and the undeniable proof that it totally works.
since i've been getting a lot of good comments on my face drawing/painting lately, i thought i would do a quick post here to show how practice and perseverance pays off. take a look at these 2 photos, side-by-side -- they were done 3 years apart.
there you have! in black and white .... with some color.
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this watercolor painting was done on a mixed media artboard (Canson) which takes rather well to a wet media. i am quite impressed with how it reacts to the paint and the bonus is the lack of warping. i put together this project/video for my patrons over at Patreon and have published a faster version without commentaries on YouTube, which you can watch below:
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"create for yourself, share with others"
it's the end of another week so here's a look at what i've been up to since June 28th in my daily art-before-breakfast practice. don't forgot to follow me on instagram @creationsceecee to get a small dose of daily art.
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"create for yourself, share with others."
i had an interesting art-before-breakfast session this morning. it started out as being a very detailed background to being very subtle, choosing to emphasize the main elements instead. this time, i recorded the process so you can watch the sped up video below.
this piece was done with Sennelier's l'Aquarelle paints and inked with a Uni white gel pen. i wanted to give some luminescence and transparency to the mushroom. the little guys on the left might be jellyfish... or not.
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"create for yourself, share with others"
good tuesday, everyone!
this is an abstract painting i made in my art journal using a few Pébéo iridescent paints and others. the whole thing came together rather organically, having no predetermined idea of the final concept. i used a mop brush to create movement and it's something I want to practice more -- i love the effect.
you'll find high resolution photos and the list of supplies below the process video.
a slower version of this video with explanations and a chat on copyrights, was released to my patrons. to find out how you can have access to it, please visit my Patreon page HERE.
list of supplies
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good wednesday, everyone!
here's another asian painted lady i made on an art board by canson. this is one of the sketches i provided to my Patrons during the month of april and i really liked how she turned out. i used asian text paper (some from south korea, some from china, japan..), acrylic paints, a stabilo marks all pencil, stencils, stamps and some light molding paste.
she will be hung right next to this one... i'm thinking of making a trio of these.
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well it start out that way, but in the end this art journal page turned out to be a tribute to the late Prince. i got the inspiration after i composed the cityscape and slept on it. the starting point was a few pieces of underpaper that had paint and scribblings on them. the rest was just a whole lot of drawing and fun. You'll find a list of supplies at the end of this post.
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good monday, everyone!
here's a quick sketch of london's landmarks done in my art journal. i've recycled a page used to swatch stamps and paints. that was liberating for me to do. i used a couple of reference photos from pinterest but kept the drawing very loose. you'll find a list of supplies at the end of this post and you can enjoy the process video below!
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good day, everyone!
here's a watercolor piece i made for my awesome Patreon patrons that i've decided to share with you today because it's spring and what better way to say spring than with tulips! it's a simple watercolor piece done on an 8" X 10" mixed media board by Canson. i used Peerless watercolors and the quote was masked with a Molotow masking pen then later enhanced by outlining it with a black marker.
i like the way i chose to write the quote, the quicky typeface... even if the words "letting go" are too close to each other -- i'm letting go of perfection!
the whole process was a joy and i have shared an exclusive process video with my Patrons as well as a sketch for them to use in their own project. so if you are interested in supporting my art and getting cool exclusive rewards, you can hop on over to my Patreon feed HERE. if you are not able to do so, i totally understand... a simple comment and your words of encouragement help in a very big way and are valued just as much as financial support. i want to keep doing what i love the most and that is...
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i picked up the pencil again and pushed myself to study 2 photographs of women. one of a face half in the dark, the other with hair hiding parts of her face. it was fun to study and interpret what i was seeing to compose this lady. she has no catch light in her eyes because she is lost in a jungle. i drew first with an HB woodless pencil then used a black stabilo marks all aquarellable pencil.
the background is composed of golden fluids paints and stencils (the crafter's workshop #TCW254 and Patti Tolley Parrish #PTP027 Dangles). the video below is sped up quite considerably because otherwise it would have been too long to watch. i hope you'll enjoy it!
here are some close up shots of the canvas.
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when i send my monthly rewards to my dear Patrons who support my art on Patreon, i like to add a little special touch. i am late in sending the january rewards, so i wanted this month to stand out. i have made several cards with left over watercolored backgrounds that i turned into cute little improvised works of art. i used water-soluble wax pastels from stampin' up! (watercolor wonders) which are very similar to caran d'ache's neocolor II's. this was so much fun to put together!
in case you are curious, i have used the following watercolor brushes:
i made a short video of it and below you'll find high resolution photos.
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this piece was done almost entirely upside down before i realized where it was going. i painted over a previous project I wasn't happy with anymore. underneath the extra heavy gesso is watercolor and paste. I used Pebeo iridescent acrylics as well as Liquitex heavy body paints.
see how the extra heavy gesso reacted with the water and what was underneath (most probably)? i love the crackling! a total surprise!
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there is a story behind this painting and i encourage you to watch the video to get the full scoop. but let's just say that it didn't start out to be something featuring a tornado.
this last photo is showing the texture created by the coarse pumice gel. (full supplies list below)
SUPPLIES USED IN THIS PAINTING
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good monday, everyone!
i don't know about you but i DO love mondays. it always means a fresh week and a chance to make it the best week ever. especially when i start it by showing the results of an awesome weekend!
yesterday, Gigi came over to my place for a joyful playdate and we had fun as usual. much laughter, art, and food always a-plenty. we each decide to make a face in our respective journals. GiGi handling it in her usual style, i started out trying to get more creative and change my usual way of doing faces only to revert to my comfort zone. but i added curly hair. that's new to me.
we also decided to work with Silks acrylic glazes which we both have a lot of. along with a black stabilo pencil, text paper, collage pauge and text paper, here are the colors of Silks i used:
i hope you'll enjoy our video below!
supplies used for my page:
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good day, peoplezzz!
somehow this post was supposed to go up yesterday but i was running around like a chicken with its head cut off. oh, not a pretty sight. sorry. let's just say i was busy :-)
i'm going to share my lastest art vlog here in case you missed it on YouTube and the photos below are of the Medieval Christmas Village i made during Jodi Ohl's class when she came to Scrapbook Centrale last monthl. i need a title for the top flag and am asking for suggestions. if you have any, please put them in the comments below!
this watercolor page also never made it here because it was done during the #15minsNaNoJouMo and was incomplete. here's the finished page. i've added some journaling telling of a true story from my childhood. if you want to learn about it, you can watch the video.
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good day to you all!
today, i was inspired to create something with colors used often by one of my favorite master painters, paul gaugin. i used my favorite method: finger painting.
i borrowed the title (love art, happy life) from the online class that i will be teaching in january 2016, along with 12 other teachers, over at bloknote academy. there's only 1 day left to take advantage of the early bird discount. you can see all the details HERE.
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my last contribution for the Donna Downey Studios Artist Gang. it had to be a cityscape. it just was meant to be. my intentions were to cover the background with letters and numbers and then add wired flowers over that. but this canvas has a mind of its own.
the canvas measure 16" X 22" and i started with a mix of black and white gesso. the rest was pure instincts.
i love adding fluid colors on a dark gesso surface. its effect is subtle, leaving the eye to wonder.
i love this strong quote. it is one of my favorite Donna Downey Studios stencils.
i added two layers of light molding paste through the stencil to make the quote more 3D. i also shaded around the word "live" with a black Stabilo pencil to make it stand out against the busy buildings.
i love the contrasts and the illusion of lights on the buildings created by the stenciling in bright colors. i made this canvas strictly for myself, as a treat.
i usually stay quiet in front of tragedies and prefer to feel in silence. this morning was a different story. i live a pretty sheltered life, preferring to stay in my happy bubble while making art. so i didn't find out about what happened in Paris last night until now. and although i respect and understand why people have no words in front of such a senseless act, today
I HAVE WORDS.
and it is with shaky hands that i put together this quick page because the feelings, the hurt and the words had to come out. i debated whether i should film the process or not for this page but this is my way of coping and expressing my grief for the those who have lost their lives in this tragedy.
if you have a hard time reading my words, here they are:
"if power is what you're after, violence will not get you there. LOVE WILL."
underneath the layer of gesso and black paint are words telling of the tragedy, scribbled in disbelief with a pen that I knew would smear. overtop, a message of love.
the words are written in a hurry, with shaky hands. i don't care. beauty is not the message. the words are.
i chose gold to represent the Eiffel Tower because it needs to shine like a beacon of awareness.
day 4 of this challenge and i'm still hooked. i'm behind in posting but have managed to art journal for at least 15 mins a day... and then some!
for this one, i actually painted with light molding paste and a palette knife. and it was so much fun! the colors are nuance powders by magenta, spritzed with water. oh what fun!
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i've decided to participate in the NaNoJouMo challenge, the 15 mins edition. this month-long art journal challenge is a spin off of NaNoWriMo for writers and is on for the whole of november. there are a few going on in that same vein but i've decided to hop unto the one that is the quickest : every day, make a journal page in 15 mins only. cool!
for november 1st, i decided to make a video and publish in real time to show you that i'm truly observing the 15 minutes restriction.
SUPPLIES I USED IN THIS PROJECT :
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when it comes to christmas decorations, i am not very traditional. i like bold bright colors as opposed to the usual red and green. i also love to play with geometric shapes and that is exactly what i did in this mixed media canvas board of a christmas tree.
the geometric shapes are from 2 stamp sets by Patti Tolley Parrish. i also wanted to use embossing powders but was a bit skeptical as to whether it would work or not... but it did!
here's the step-by-step process video followed by high resolution pictures and supplies list.
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sometimes i feel i haven't created anything for a while when in fact that is not really true. because most of my art processes are recorded, i feel i don't really create when i don't film anything. but i've been really busy these past few weeks finishing up some projects that were put on hold and that feels good!
the main project i've done is a canvas illustrating poppy pods for which you'll find the list of supplies and photos at the end of this post.
As for the rest, i have put together this rather long (sorry) art chat talking and showing things i've been making the last couple of weeks. it's just easier for me to do this rather than typing a whole long blog post.
thank you for visiting -- happy creating!
i love that quote: live every day with intention. it comes from a stencil by Donna Downey Studios, as all the other stencils i used for this canvas.
i wanted a lot of texture and colors for this project so i used different stencils (list of supplies below) so that i could push them back a bit to have a contrasting quote sitting on the very top of everything. to help with this, i added pouring medium between the background and the quote that i stenciled with light molding paste. after all this was done, i gave it a final coat of pouring medium. it very glossy and makes the colors pop... and i love it!
i've recorded my full process below. enjoy!
here are the photos ( you can click on them to make them bigger!):
SUPPLIES used for this project:
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i've been experimenting with a new product by Magenta called Nuance. it's their new brand of water-soluble pigment powders and they are yummy! the pigments are rich and can be with a whole bunch of different media and water, which is what i've done for this project.
you can go have a look at my video down here and then check out the high resolution photos and a supplies list at the end of the post.
i drew the face with a pencil and then started adding powders on her hair and sprayed over it with water.
most of the shading was done with the pigments - i brought in some prismacolor pencils to add the dramatic highlights and shadows as well as a bit of white gouache.
a bit of light modeling paste through a stencil (also by Magenta) and then colored with the powdered pigments once more. it covers reeeeeeaaaally well!
i so love the texture of watercolor paper.
love love love that quote stamp!
some more stenciled texture.
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i love texture on my pieces. i went all out on this one. the flowers are made with fuzzy yarn, the stems are pieces of eyelet ribbon and the background is loaded with extra heavy gesso and chipboard numbers.
i really had fun putting together this canvas which is the 3rd one for the #lovesummerart event. for those who have visited this blog because of this event, thank you and i hope you'll stick around!
you can find my process in this video here. as usual, pictures and list of supplies are listed at the end of this post.
for my 2nd canvas as part of the #lovesummerart event, i chose to do flowers. then a seascape started appearing and i said ... "ok!"
i wanted to use some of the sennelier pigments i bought but reverted to paint after a while. i'll have to experiment with the pigments some other time. the big thing with this canvas is that i was able to paint with light modeling paste. and it was fun. so much fun!
you can watch my full process in this video:
happy artist gang tuesday, everyone!
i made a canvas. i made a big canvas. i made a big abstract canvas.
this thing is 24" X 36". it was a little scary but then again i used stencils by donna downey studios so it helped. i didn't have to draw the lotus flowers.
you'll find the full list of supplies and photos at the end of this post. you can view my process on video down below.
i love texture and layers.
i added touches of gold because this will canvas will have a gold frame around it.
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happy friday, everyone!
for the 2nd cityscape, i chose to work with Neocolor II crayons for a watercolor look. the black lines around the clouds are not my fav but i will use this piece to fine tune what i really wanted to make. i have a few ideas in mind. and since this challenge was meant to practice and better oneself, i'm right on track with my discoveries.
if you're interested in my quick process (honestly, i don't think i've ever made such a quick video), here is it:
have a wonderful and creative day!