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    Confetti

    Teacher - ME! Skill Level - ALL Time: approximately 1 hour long  NOTE***project takes longer as you have to include the play time and drying time of both the paints and resin. Welcome to “Confetti”.  This course is all about getting your fun energy flowing through your fingertips.  Remember the good ole days of finger painting when you were a kid?? I do and just loved it so much.  I really think you are going to love this project.  As always, you can take a peek at the videos before you play so you get the feel of how it works.  But this project is pretty simple.  Well, until you…

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    El Cuervo

    Welcome to the El Cuervo course.  As you know my name is Christina aka Chrissy and I am going to show you step by step how to create this fun Raven. I put together a downloadable PDF with the supply list and extra sample images.  You can also download the images here in the course page.  As always, I suggest you watch at least the first video before you start painting just to get an idea of how I do things. You will need: Pencil Graphite paper line drawing -> 9×12 watercolor paper 140 is best. scrap watercolor paper to test paints El Cuervo watercolor set – optional Fine tip…

  • 2022,  Mixed Media

    LTIA – Basic Painting for Zine

    Hello This video is the entire Part One section.  You may have seen this in the Year In Color collaborative course by Larissa Russel from Creative U.  But if you are new to this project, its all here in one large video.  I may eventually break it down, but for now here ya go!  Below I have listed the time frame for each lesson so you dont have to watch the whole video every time you come here to create this project.  Painting the Zine https://vimeo.com/690056323 DOWNLOAD 8:57 – line drawing 11:00 – painting the mound under the tree 13:00  – painting the sky 21:08 – painting ghost leaves 24:40…

  • 2022,  Watercolor

    LTIA Part One

    WELCOME TO LOVING TREE I AM Part 1 This is the second half of the Loving Tree I Am project.  You will be adding stitched knots, texture paste, wired ghost leaves and a little more. Project Details include: simple book binding simple embroidery wireworking Bonus – How to make your own textured paste DOWNLOAD PDF

  • 2022,  Mixed Media

    LTIA – Book Assembly

    I thought it would be best to have all of these videos in the same space. Book Basics and Backing DOWNLOAD You will need some kind of paper for the backing of the painting.  You could do collage, but you risk getting the paper very wet and possibly affecting the watercolor painting on the front.  Plus it may make the cover very thick.  I would put one layer on first.  Then maybe add more later.  The first layer would like a protection layer.  this is the paper I used for this project.  Its double sided watercolor paper. Picking Colors and Creating Signatures DOWNLOAD This is the crochet thread I used…

  • 2022,  Mixed Media

    LTIA – Book Embellishments

    I thought it would be best to have all of these videos in the same space. Shading and Highlighting with colored pencils DOWNLOAD More Shading and Highlighting DOWNLOAD Stitching DOWNLOAD Adding some sun with pan pastel DOWNLOAD Embroider Leaves DOWNLOAD Adding a little Texture DOWNLOAD

  • 2022,  Watercolor

    LTIA Part Two

    WELCOME TO LOVING TREE I AM BONUS This is the second half of the Loving Tree I Am project.  You will be adding stitched knots, texture paste, wired ghost leaves and a little more. Project Details include: simple book binding simple embroidery wireworking Bonus – How to make your own textured paste DOWNLOAD PDF

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    Handmade Glitter

    Creating my own glitter texture paste was so fun…I enjoyed the process and the end results.  I am sharing with you my Pinterest board that I created just for you…about making your own texture pastes and a few other type recipes.  I think you will enjoy this.. 1 portion paint 1/2 portion glue, 2 portions powder, 1/2 portion fine glitter 1/2 portion coarse glitter Handmade Texture Paste Board Supplies needed: disposable small cups 1 small storage container with lid craft stick baby powder metallic powder chunky glitter metallic acrylic paint scrap watercolor paper 140 is best https://vimeo.com/682621808 DOWNLOAD

  • 2022,  Mixed Media

    OA – 7) Cat

    Not much is needed for this part. I included several sizes of the cat so you can pick and choose which works best for your canvas.  If you are not using a 12×12 canvas the size may need to be different.  Cut each size out and put it on your canvas to see which fits better to your likings. Once you have your template/stencil cut, this will go really quick.  PS, your cat does not need to be a black cat.  I can see an orange one or even a white cat here.  Maybe even a fun gray cat.  DOWNLOAD One more note… although this is a very busy painting,…

  • 2022,  Mixed Media

    OA- Extras

    Making a Needle Punch You will need: scrap polymer clay about the size of a golf ball or smaller a large 3 inch embroidery needle  a toaster oven (preferably for crafts only) https://vimeo.com/578256600 DOWNLOAD Using Topaz Restyle in Photoshop Unfortunately, this plug in is no longer available.  Topaz Labs has discontinued this plugin.  They replaced it with Topaz Studio2 which I do have and will explore it soon to see if I can change the colors like I can here with Restyle.  I will update this video if this is the case. https://youtu.be/o4bMzObG5UE Creating Handmade Glitter Paste Creating my own glitter texture paste was so fun…I enjoyed the process and…

  • 2022,  Mixed Media

    OA – 8) Final Assembly

    Before gluing this all down, you will be adding the shadow of the cat and other shadowy areas.  After that…you will glue your assembled pieces down… I really hope you enjoyed the process of creating your Orphan Archetype painting.  Please share with me your finished paintings, I would sure love to see them. My instagram is @wingsnscales and #wingsnscales. Or I can just add them to this lesson to share with everybody who is taken this course. Many Thanks and Hugs!!! https://vimeo.com/645836514 DOWNLOAD One last bit about the Orphan Archetype…  I found this slightly interactive website on a Prezi that is quite interesting. Take a peek! BEFORE AFTER I am…

  • 2022,  Mixed Media

    OA – 6) Assembly

    Now that you have all your pieces attached to each other, its time to assemble them.  I know its werid…doesnt that kind of mean the same thing????  Its time to connect those pieces together to complete the wall.  The bricks are ready to be assembled to create your wall! Sooo…lets get those bricks all stacked and attached together.. https://vimeo.com/644169265 DOWNLOAD This video is just the continuation of putting all your bricks together.  Some elements you can always add at a later time.  But once all is glued down…you wont be able to sew things on as easily.  So during this stage, you definitely want to do all of your stitching.…

  • 2022,  Mixed Media

    OA – 5) Gathering/Attachment

    Gathering This section will take you the longest to get through.  Make sure you have everything set up and ready to go!  Gather up many objects of possibilities and put them in your favorite bowl.  Run your fingers through it…feel each piece and let your imagination take over. My suggestion is to watch the videos first.  You can do the speedy quick view so you have  clear understanding of how these get attached.  I would really love to see your end project..  Of all the courses I have taught so far, this one has so much more potential. DOWNLOAD Connecting the pieces together One thing to keep in mind, is…

  • 2022,  Mixed Media

    OA – 4) Wall

    This stage is so fun!  You will be tearing up your texture paper into strips.  No need for making straight tears, just do the best you can…they will look amazing no matter what. https://vimeo.com/643097500 DOWNLOAD About 19 minutes into the video, I mix 3 colors together to create a beautiful purple.  I mixed Prussian blue, Magenta and Raw umber together.  I strongly suggest mixing colors if you do not have all the colors I use.    Also…I noticed towards the end of this lesson, some of the painting is off camera…sorry about that! https://vimeo.com/643098017 DOWNLOAD Next, you will be adding more details on each piece, drips, splatter, etc.  Make sure…

  • 2022,  Mixed Media

    OA – 2) Color

    This is where you can let your frustrations out…LOL tearing up paper can be so fun dont you think?  Try to tear the paper where the rough edges are on the pieces you want on the painting.  Those rough edges create added texture!  Keep your scraps…one never knows if you can use them in another piece later on. https://vimeo.com/642543034 DOWNLOAD Choosing your colors is so important.  You can use what ever paints you have on hand, but I highly recommend making a small investment in the Golden Fluid paints.  Yes, they are NOT cheap, but I have bought both cheap craft paints and professional paints and there really is a…

  • 2022,  Mixed Media

    OA – 1) Prep

    While this archetypal character doesn’t literally need to be an orphan, they’re often looking for a new family. Orphans make great protagonists because they’ve got a lot to gain if the story goes in their favour. Usually, they’re a regular person that’s snatched from obscurity, becoming the main character in the story. Strengths: Empathy, survival instinct, a sense of being chosen Weaknesses: Lack of self-confidence, eagerness to please Motivation: To connect, be accepted, and be understood Examples: Harry Potter, Oliver Twist, Luke Skywalker – Star Wars, Frodo – The Lord of the Rings READ MORE Prepping the substrate is quick and easy to do.  There is no need to make this smooth, in fact, the more…

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    Creating Textured Paper

    https://vimeo.com/677549186 This video is part of the Orphan mixed media course. Grab a palette knife or two, a craft stick and an old credit card or scraper of some sorts.  You will need some paints to mix into the texture paste.   Golden Fluid Raw Umber Titan Buff  Yellow Ocher. These are the texture products I used. 9×12 watercolor paper Fiber Paste by Golden Crackle Glaze by Velspar Modeling paste by Golden Gold Texture Paste by Brea Reese – unfortunately this product is no longer available and I really liked it..sigh You can always use other products or make your own..

  • 2021,  Watercolor

    Orphan Supplies

    Supplies and Materials Below is the short list of items I used to create Orphan Archetype. You do not need to use the exact paints although they are super fun to use.   For the complete list, click on the link to the right – Art Supplies – to download the pdf.  Includes extra images and line drawing. DOWNLOAD PDF Supply List 12×12 substrate – your choice, wood, canvas or heavy duty kraft board Gesso – I used Liquitex Basics Textures Golden – Heavy Modeling Paste Golden – Fiber Paste Brea Reese Gold Glitter modeling paste – sorry no longer available. But you can make your own very easily. Here is…