Let's Get Your Creative Juices Flowing!!!
Last week my good friend, Kristin Van Valkenburgh and I swapped backgrounds and challenged each other to create foregrounds on top!! Here is the background that I made for her...
It is sooooooooo easy!! Just grab your favorite spray paints and some stencils and you're good to go!!!
And she made a gorgeous background for me as well!! Well this week we each had the challenge to create some magical on top!!! This was for sure a challenge! I did a test on the background she sent me and I THOUGHT it was permanent. So I proceeded to slap on some ink but then discovered quite quickly that the background was, very much, totally water-soluble!! If you're new to mixed media you may not know that water-soluble means that when you add any liquid (in this case, inks), that underneath layer is sure gonna move!!! And move it did!!!
I've learned long ago that mixed media art is more or less a matter of problem solving and so that's what this project became! Watch here to see how I was able to overcome the watercolors mixing in with my inks on top! If you could learn from my trials and errors, than it's a double win!
Plus you get to see the little added bonus character that showed up along side my magical watercolor mermaid!!
After you're done watching this video you should DEFINITELY go and check out Kristin's video!!! You would not believe the ADORABLE little creature that showed up on her canvas!! Omgeeee!!! Here's a tiny sneak peek!!! Isn't it the cutest?! The craziest part is that I challenged Kristin to incorporate something sparkly into her project. She ended up having these little hexagonal mirror stick on thingies that were the EXACT same size as the chicken wire fence stencil I used to create my background. Say whaaaa?!! are the chances of her having those...on hand??
I still can't believe it!!
At the end of the day, the most special aspect of this collaboration was that we both inspired in each other, a new sense of curiosity (what do I do with this???), creativity (I have these mirrory thingies!!), and friendship (that was sooo fun, let's play again!!).
So while we are still in a period of uncertainty and COVID-19 strangeness, we were able to create a connection from the comfort and complete safety of our homes, even though they are 3,000 miles apart! If you are in a fun Facebook Group (and if not, come join mine!! www.facebook.com/groups/awesomeartschool) and can "meet up" with some others, virtually, maybe you can suggest a collaboration just like this one!!
It's a great way to spark YOUR creativity and make a friend! What a beautiful way to spend a day. ❤️
In today's video I am going to be creating a mermaid painting using ONLY Noodlers Ink!!!! I know! So fun! If you haven't tried these inks yet you must, they are GORGEOUS and lightfast and GORGEOUS!! Lol! You catching my drift here? Let's paint!
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A TON of you have been asking about my supplies so here is the list for this project! to Products Used:
👉Strathmore Hardcover Watercolor Journal, 11x14 https://amzn.to/33W9bXA
👉Black Velvet Brush set for Beginners https://amzn.to/32O1JNY
👉Uniball Signo Black Pen, 1mm nib https://amzn.to/32L6mIF
👉Tombow Brush Pens (Portrait Set) https://amzn.to/2BEMf30
👉Noodler's Ink 54th Massachusetts (Bulletproof) https://amzn.to/347FmUh
👉Noodler's Ink Purple https://amzn.to/2olUBJW
👉Noodler's Ink Cactus Green https://amzn.to/365nsTW
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