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Instant Access: Breathe - A Mixed Media Art Lesson

A new offering - Breathe - mini mixed media art lesson

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By popular request, I’m excited to share this sweet mixed media art lesson with you that I think you’re going to love. This lesson has instant and lifetime access with downloadable videos.

Let me show you how to create your own miniature portrait on an old book cover and enjoy adding meaningful layers to create a piece that would look beautiful in your home or perhaps given as a gift to a loved one.

Within this mixed media art lesson, learn how to bring your ‘lost treasures’ to life with forgotten jewellery, pieces of lace, broaches, buttons etc. and then combine them with a vintage feel hand painted portrait - reminiscent of miniature portraits from the Victorian period.

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Click on the video below to learn a little more about this fun lesson

I hope you’ll join me!

This lesson has originally been shared as part of my year-long class called The Art Of Contentment. If you’re interested in the full class, go here.

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All Is Calm - Art Video and De-stressing At Christmas

Would you like to de-stress a little this Christmas?  

I can't wave a magic wand but I CAN share some tips/ideas that help me to manage my stress levels at this crazy time of year and of course, art always slows us down.  The girl is holding some 'fairy lights' - you can never have too many fairy lights, right?! ;)

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Art Video

I'm also showing you the full process (starting at about 8 mins) for creating the portrait above entitled All Is Calm.  I've sped the recording up, so you'll see the whole project in just over 20 minutes. 

I used willow charcoal, warm white soft pastel, charcoal pencils and compressed charcoal on toned paper.  Here is the link to the reference photo I used. 

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I hope you enjoy this video and please share with your friends. 

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Sennelier Soft Pastel 'Loose' Portrait + Courage

There's a million ways to create a portrait.  

Yes, a million do's and don'ts but I'm saying today, forget that and create your portrait from who you are in this moment and from what needs to come out.  Trust me, it's cathartic but I can't lie it takes courage - it's like taking in a deep breath and then breathing out slowly... fully...

Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.
— Erich Fromm

With this soft pastel portrait below, I started out tight, rigid and full of tension, I finished her with abandon - I'd got to the point where I didn't care whether she 'survived' or not.  I just had to get down the colour and line as I envisioned her.  Sometimes it's just like that...

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She's not 'technically' great by any means but she's real and she's expression of me.  Of course, there's space for 'realistic and technical' (as in my class - Portraits In Time) but I also feel there's merit in 'getting it out' and not being scared of the consequences.

On the original, I had written some words that popped into my head that I needed to hear at that moment.  I could have and might do, some additional writing but in my journal.  You could do the same. 

Below shows the same image with a little bit of tinkering via my iPhone - again, a whim and a bit of fun but valid all the same.

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How about you, do you give yourself permission to 'let it all hang out'?  Please do and let me know how it goes over on Instagram


 

 

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