Let's Get Your Creative Juices Flowing!!!
I'm about a week away from celebrating the release of Vol 2 of Learn to Draw Art Deco Style and I couldn't be more excited. One of the most fulfilling art activities that I do is coloring the drawings that I create. In the book, I'll teach you how to draw this dapper dude and his sweet pup!
But more fun than that, I show you how to use a combination of watercolor markers and colored pencils to create super realistic clothing. I also use this same technique to color many of the dresses that appear in Vol. 1! So there are a lot of takeaways in this lesson.
So come back in time and bring your sense of adventure! And let's color him together!
For this activity I'm using my favorite watercolor markers by Winsor-Newton but any brand will do (and there are lots! Think Tombow, Arteza Brush Pens, Ecoline and more!!)
You can learn more about watercolor markers in last weeks video.
But to follow along and learn how to render clothing, watch today's! It's so cool to see your drawings come to LIFE!
Time is flying by!
My kids go back to school on Monday (virtually), my 16 year old is 2 weeks away from getting his driver's license (shriek!) and I've just finished up work on Vol 2 of Learn to Draw Art Deco Style.
It's a BIG week!
Here's a peek at some of the projects inside Vol 2!!
I've had many many requests to include more animals so there's lots of furry friends including this next book!
Here's a peak at 2! (oooooh make sure you have images enabled on your email so you can see how cute they are!)
And here's one of a super sleek car.
Why why WHY are cars not made like this anymore?! I don't even LIKE cars, but cars this sexy are too good to pass up!
But as much fun as the furry friends and cars, I really enjoyed drawing the house furnishings!!! And cocktails!! And handsome mens, oooooh MAN there are sooo many things in this new upcoming book!!!
But BACK to mixed media, as this is why I'm writing today!
If you're anything like me, you have WAY more art supplies than you actually use. Or need. Or both.
Wouldn't it be awesome to know the EXACT bare minimum of supplies to use to make the MOST awesome projects?
Well that's what's covered in today's video!
It's a list of the most important supplies. I hope this video helps you sort out what you have and also helps determine all that you DON'T need to use OR to buy!! Especially in light of the world's uncertainties.
I also hope that it sheds light on how much you can do with so little!! You'd be surprised!
I'm also answering a lot of questions I get about managing smear control from highly reactive products like the Stabilo, best surface prep options, sealers, paint markers and MORE!!
This really is an info PACKED video so if you have questions about Mixed Media supplies I highly recommend a watch! Click the play button below to be on your way!
Travel back in time with me and learn to draw and color 69 fabulous and authentic Art Deco style projects! Sharing my Quadrant Method secrets for the first time in print, Karen leads you through each project with crystal clear step-by-step instructions so you know exactly what to draw and how to blend, shade and color to perfection. Watch your drawing skills soar and see fashion figures, jewelry, clothing, faces and features come to LIFE!!
And now you can see the entire book!! ENJOY the sneak peek!
Today I'm going to demo watercolor vs. fountain pen ink painting! I'm in LOVE with my Daniel Smith watercolors, but recently I discovered just how JUICY fountain pen inks are to paint with. I adore all the fun, vibrant Noodlers Ink colors I've been collecting, and thought you'd enjoy seeing a side by side comparison of the same project shaded in watercolor and again in fountain pen ink.
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If you'd like to explore painting with fountain pen inks, I have an entire classroom called Inktastic inside the Mixed Media Society just waiting for you!
Click here to learn more about The Mixed Media Society and add your name to the waitlist to be notified when we open for enrollment next!
I was in a serious Art Deco phase during 2020 and cranked out THREE books about How to Draw Art Deco Style. One of the things I loved exploring was how to draw art deco interriors and furniture, like the adorable little chairs above.
My goal is to shade the chairs so they look as much like teal velvet as possible. I'm testing Noodlers Ink Turquoise (left) vs. Daniel Smith Pthalo Turquoise (right).
Click over to today's video to learn...
❤️ How inks work compared to watercolors
❤️ How you can "Lift" the color to make really amazing highlights
❤️ How to make 2D objects looks INSANELY realistic
If you'd like to see a flip through of How to Draw Art Deco Style Volume 1, start the video below...
If you love mixed media portraits, or have never learned how to create one from scratch before, but would LOVE TO, check out my Art Deco Mixed Media Portrait Workshop over at Awesome Art School. I'm sure you'll love it!!
Here is a TOP SECRET SNEAK PEEK at one of the millions of projects in the new Art Deco Drawing Book that is mere weeks from being published!!! I use fountain pen ink to render in quite a few of the projects in the book from clothes to dogs to chairs, as you can see!
Aren't these colors INCREDIBLE?!?! These aren't enhanced or photoshopped! These colors just ARE THAT GOOD!!
Today's YouTube video on my Mixed Media channel is all about Fountain Pen Inks.
How is it different from other types of inks? What makes it so special?
Why am I obsessed with it?
How do you swatch it? Store it?
Watch here if you're interested in this SUPER COOL art supply and get a head start on the book projects!
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