Painting on a gelli print

Painting on a gelli print

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Tutorial: Painting on a gelli print

Relax with some realtime gelli printing and speed gouache…

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Gelli plates & brayers

I’m no expert – but I do know there seem to be 2 companies that make the plates – Gel Press and Gelli. I have some of each; so far I don’t see a major difference between them. Keep alllll the plastic when you open them – you’ll want the heavy plastic sheets for both sides, plus the plastic box they come in. You can wiped them down with baby wipes but for a full cleaning I just take them to the sink and stick them in a big pan of soapy water to clean them up.

I’m using soft rubber brayers by Speedball, a 6″ and 3-1/2″…..guage your size by how big your plate is.

Lefranc & Bourgeois Flashe Vinyl Paints

I’m not completely sure what these are, but these  were in the aisle with the acrylics. The manufacturer’s website says they were first made in 1954, come in over 70 colors, and were Europe’s first synthetic paint…

As versatile as it is revered, Flashe can be used on almost any surface for a consistent matt finish. Made with high quality, single pigments wherever possible, Flashe is designed for mixing.

Whatever these are, they feel like good paints, not that I know what makes a “vinyl emulsion” a good one. But they dry like gouache, so they seem to be a good pairing! They’re pricey though, that’s a drawback – but if you have one color you really want to play with, it’s worth getting a jar to see how they work with your other paints.

That spatula thing…

They’re Tonic’s Nuvo Spatulas.  Nice and soft, no hard edges; you don’t want anything sharp poking into a gelli plate, including any of the tools you use around it.

Gouache painting

The transfer passed by while I was yapping during the voiceover – I was using white transfer paper, Bet you didn’t know that existed! I flipped my sketch so i could turn it to match the direction I wanted to place the dragonfly.

The first blue layer under the body was painted in the Flashe paints, and it showed me they take far longer to dry than gouache. But the gouache covered it nicely without any lifting once it was dry. 

Using these two together will apparently LOOK like they go together, but please don’t be fooled into thinking these will make your art qualify as a “watercolor” piece (for shows that require all-watercolor and include gouache on the approved list). These are water-mixable, and can be diluted, butI don’t know enough about them to give much more info. Research will be forthcoming since I do seem to like these a lot.

The dragonfly

The dragonfly reference photo is flipped horizontally. I had to fuss with colors since my background is totally different colors – make sure you have your background showing through those transparent wings. 🙂

Sale on Gratitude Junk Journal classes

Get 20% off of the 2022 class using code THANKS22 by August 31!

Supplies

Some product may be provided by manufacturers for review and use. Compensated affiliate links are here at no cost to you. I appreciate your support of my work with your purchases! Full affiliate and product disclosure | My trusted partners in art

  1. Gelli plates:
  2. Speedball rubber brayer 6″ 
  3. Speedball rubber brayer 3-1/2 
  4. Flashe paints (different colors cost different amounts)...the colors I chose:
    • Verdaccio (green)
    • Blanc (white)
    • Gris de Payne (Paynes Gray)
    • Bleu de Prusse (Prussian Blue)
    • Ocre Rouge (Red Ochre)
  5. Saral White Transfer Paper 
  6. Yasutomo Sumi Sketch Paper 
  7. Tonic Nuvo Studio Spatulas 
  8. Daniel Smith Gouache 
  9. Jack Richeson travel brush set for gouache Blick • Amazon

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Flash sale! (and it’s party day!)

Flash sale! (and it’s party day!)

Happy weeeeekend! Comin atcha with a quick reminder and a flash sale….it’ll only take a minute!

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Party!

Pop over to Artventure and attend the Zoom at 10am Pacific/1pm Eastern….or watch the replay there later on!

Flash sale

Get $10 off this Copic Enchantment class – no coupon necessary! Sale ends Monday night the 14th. 🙂 Happy 10th!

4 Art Tips That Have Aged Well (Children’s book illustrator Gay Holland)

4 Art Tips That Have Aged Well (Children’s book illustrator Gay Holland)

Not all ideas or instruction pass the test of time, but I have 4 art tips that have aged well that I am excited to share with you!

For today’s Artiversary project, I’m returning to two places:

  1. My series honoring the stylings of favorite children’s illustrators
  2. A drawing I made while in high school

Tutorial: 4 Art tips that have aged well

Watch a re-draw of a high school piece of art, inspired by the technique used most excellently by my professor!

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

The Illustrator Series

This has been an on-and-off series for some time, so today adds to the list! Here’s the rest:

  1. Isabelle Arsenault
  2. Maurice Sendak
  3. Eric Carle 
  4. Jon Klassen
  5. Charles Schulz

1. Adapt from reality

Gay disabused me of the notion that my work needed to be hyper-realistic or photorealistic. That’s for photographers; artists have the ability to improve on reality. We can deepen shadows for contrast, or pull in some midtones so the shadows aren’t giant blocky areas. We can cast the light onto our subjects to change the mood to our liking. We can edit extraneous detail that’s not helpful. Photographers can do some digital manipulation, but not by the same way that an artist can. Don’t try to be a camera. Be better than a camera.

2. Incorporate Color Theory

If you’ve not yet studied color theory, it’s a great thing to do! (All my Jumpstart classes in color media have color theory basics.)  It’s not just “knowing” what colors are on the wheel, and how to mix secondaries, etc. If you learn what can happen if you mix or layer complementary colors, it’ll give you many options for colors to shade with, hues to change the temperature or saturation of a color. It’s practical even if sometimes “color theory” sounds scary.

3. Embrace your art supplies

Let your medium sing! Many people try to create “perfect” blends in mediums that make it hard to do so; if you’re using something that wants to be loose and splashy, it’ll fight you on being tight and detailed. And vice versa! It’s not as if you can’t make a medium do something else; but explore what your art supplies do best before trying to push them. You might be missing out on something that’ll be much more natural! 

Also, don’t use computer graphics as a standard for art mediums to blend completely smoothly; humans aren’t computers. And in a world where AI is taking over so much, the more valuable a hand-touch on a piece of art will start to matter. AI can’t make a brushstroke like a human hand, so celebrate your art’s humanity!

4. Art takes as long as it takes

Speed isn’t the point of art. Or at least shouldn’t be. If your time is limited, yes it can seem to be the better part of valor to choose a speedy medium or style. However, if you’re always speeding through projects, you’re missing out on the biggest benefits of art: it’s healing, it’s conducive to peace, it helps you disengage from the problems of the world so you’re ready to return there later. If you skip the restful benefits of taking your time, then you’re not doing yourself any favors.

Need this little bee?

The original is for sale HERE (everything in the shop is 10% off through August!) and you can also order prints HERE.

Artiversary party

We’ll be gathering on Zoom over at Artventure for our big party! Join us for games, lots and lots of prizes, and a piece of art I’ll create on the fly based on audience input! You can RSVP on the Event page inside Artventure, and add your own photo suggestions in the comments and maybe one of yours will get picked to be used. See  you there Saturday August 12 at 10am Pacitic/1pm Eastern!

Supplies

Some product may be provided by manufacturers for review and use. Compensated affiliate links are here at no cost to you. I appreciate your support of my work with your purchases! Full affiliate and product disclosure | My trusted partners in art

  1. Luminance Pencils 
  2. Luminance Hex Chart
  3. Stonehenge Drawing Paper Pads:  AMZ • BLICK
  4. lassine sheets – (for protecting art under my hand)

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How to draw imaginary birds + a party invitation!

How to draw imaginary birds + a party invitation!

All month I’m celebrating my 10th Artiversary by recreating, in some way, older videos. This time – making my own imaginary birds! They’re not grungy like the stamps but I kinda like them, they’ve got some saucy attitude, eh? 

Tutorial: How to draw imaginary birds + a party invitation!

Included is the sketch tutorial at the start, then while I paint I explain the party coming up this weekend on Artventure, as well as a bit more about my Substack and how it differs from this blog. 

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

My birds!

I should have tested tape on them, I was hoping for a nice crisp white border. Alas it pulled up the surface. 

These are three videos – I may have more, I feel like I used these stamps a lot!

Imaginary Creatures class on sale

I’m having some “popup” sales – today through the 8th, get $10 off Imaginary Creatures Colored Pencil Class!

Zoom party to celebrate my Artiversary!

Log into Artventure and look for the Events tab, I think it’s on the left – we’ll have that set up at least by Monday. But if you log in today you can still weigh in on the Poll, which is up in the Featured section of the Home feed.

ARTVENTURE

Supplies

Some product may be provided by manufacturers for review and use. Compensated affiliate links are here at no cost to you. I appreciate your support of my work with your purchases! Full affiliate and product disclosure | My trusted partners in art

  1. Daniel Smith Gouache
  2. Joybest airtight palette
  3. Jack Richeson travel brush set for gouache  Blick Amazon

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My Artiversary Celebration: 10 years and counting!

My Artiversary Celebration: 10 years and counting!

It’s my artiversary: I’m celebrating a decade as an independent artist! 

I don’t take this 10-year journey for granted….many businesses never even last five years, and I owe such a debt of gratitude to my mentors, patrons, students, followers, art collectors, and business partners who’ve taken a chance on me. Bless you all for your love of art, and thank you for coming along on this journey, for trusting me and supporting me!

In this post I’ll be talking a bit about the art, since the video doesn’t cover much. But at least you’ll see the various aspects in realtime, eh? 🙂

Tutorial: My Artiversary: 10 years and counting!

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

From Snoopy to Vienna

After the old tutorial being a Snoopy stamp (no longer made as far as I know), I decided to create a drawing featuring my two dogs. Often when I color or draw dogs they seem to just magically become my babies, ya know, I don’t make the rules.

With Vienna’s tail marking being the same as Snoopy, all I had to do was make the tail long and curl – then add the spot around her eye. And since everything else got realistic on this Stonehenge paper, I gave her a real eye too. Olo markers and colored pencils were layered to get the textures and realism you see. (If you want to learn to draw animals realistically in alcohol markers + pencils, click here.) A few elements needed to be painted in gouache, too – the highlight on the hat grommets, collar, and parts of the eye.

Annnnnd Giallo!

I debated making something that was either 1) crayon and crazy or 2) abstract (which is how Vienna paints) — but I instead opted to let Vienna’s talent shine through with a quasi realistic “painting” of her brother Giallo! (If you’re new to gouache, click here.)

What’s Substack?

It’s….a bit like a blog site; people are much more interested in reading and writing than pictures, though some of the artists do share just photos of their work.

How does this differ from what I already post on my blog, YT, and social media?

PAID SUBSCRIPTION: I’ll be creating a written longform piece weekly there, which will be just for paid subscribers. The first one is public, so you can get an idea what I’m planning for these newsletters. ($5/month or $50/year – $4.17 a month)

FREE SUBSCRIPTION: Daily doodles (including a tutorial in the welcome email!), sketches, drawings – again, this is more like a public sketchbook, which will be more easily searchable for me than scrolling for eons through an instagram account. And it’ll be just sketches, all mediums. (Free)

You can download the app from Apple or Android, but you could just go simply to my Substack page, subscribe, and everything will come to your email. If  you want to add to the discussion, though, you’ll need to be a paid subscriber. And if you decide it’s too much email and you want to unsubscribe, there’s always a link at the bottom of the email.

IF YOU DOWNLOAD THE APP, there’s other features in Substack – you can go searching for others who you’d like to potentially subscribe to, there’s a public text chat option called Notes (similar to Twitter or Threads) and Chat for community-building among my subscribers.

10th Artiversary celebrations

All throughout August, I’ll be popping up with various celebrations, so stay tuned for sales, a zoom party, giveaways, and more! Two for right now:

1. The V & G drawing from this post will be given away on my Substack this coming Monday. How to enter will be announced Monday there. 

2. Everything on my fine art site is on sale! I added a bunch of new paintings and sketches – lots at a variety of prices. 

Your suggestions for videos to revisit?

Let me know if you have a favorite video I could refresh – or how about one that was terrible and needs to be redone? LOL! I’ll take suggestions and pick from them!

Supplies

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Using strong color: Stamping and Gouache

Using strong color: Stamping and Gouache

Welcome to a lesson on stamping and gouache together! I’m pairing the lesson with a celebration with Colorado Craft Company’s Christmas in July release – they always throw the best parties!

Gouache is opaque watercolor – it has some properties of watercolor, but also a few others! There are many techniques to use, and in my previous post, Getting Started with Gouache Painting, is one you might decide to visit to get tons more information!

(See the bloghop list as well as prize info at the end of this post!)

Tutorial: Using strong color: stamping and gouache!

Not all the cards are shown in process, but several are…..see notes below along with photos for tips from each card.

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Just Add Snow

Just Add Snow is a set with two images – I made two cards, one with an extremely simple background (a flood of color) and the other has clouds painted atop it. In the Gouache Jumpstart class, students will learn both clouds plus 2 different techniques to make birch bark.

Bird Perch Mini

Bird Perch Mini has the rabbit and bird as two stamps; the image on the package shows the bird standing on the rabbit’s ear, but I opted for top of the head to point toward the sentiment.

The bunny was stamped, then the background was painted on top of the edges of the stamp lines. As you saw in the video, a little bird is easy to paint atop a light background color. And the MISTI makes it so easy to restamp with each figure added to the scene!

 

Gift Exchange

Gift Exchange is going to be a card for my sister’s cat from my dog! They haven’t met, but my sister fell in love with Vienna when she visited me recently, and Vienna loves kitties and is gentle with them. I think they’d be pals. 

Since I wanted the to be nose-to-nose, I had to have an alternate plan for stamping since I couldn’t do them together. I chose to paint the background around the dog stamp, then paint the cat on top, since it wouldn’t mean painting white on top of red.

Sneaky Mice

Sneaky Mice is a sweet little peekaboo mouse scene. I debated whether to put them in an indoor or outdoor setting; I liked outdoor, because it shows Santa visits the critters out in the wild, it’s not just sneaky mice stealing people’s stocking stuffers!

The moon shows what gouache looks like when color “lifts”; the white was painted atop the blue, and picked up some color. In this case I left it since it made it look more moon-like!

Mice Lights

With a complex image like Mice Lights, painting the background right across the entire stamp was the approach I took. That meant the yellow is underneath all the tangle of wires, and painting them on top worked great.

Cozy Cat

In this painting of Cozy Cat. gouache was helpful! I had painted the wall in the back a dusty rose color and decided the complex image was a little too messy for a light color – the eye needed help to “see” all the detail. I could paint the nice flat black right over it easily in gouache.

Meowy Christmas

A simply drawn image like Meowy Christmas is easy to paint since it’s just shapes. But getting flat coverage takes practice! (Clearly I need more. ha!) Have some tiny brushes on hand for making patterns on giftwrap.

Peaceful Fox

I painted Peaceful Fox  in a much looser illustrative style. Starting with dark color to deepen the center of the tree and eliminating one figure under the tree, then using water to spread the color to the outside and giving it a watercolor feel. I could then get very loose and messy with the pine branches, especially since I was adding thick chunky snow. And a toothbrush makes wonderful fine snow!

Mice Ornaments

I bet you didn’t know mice decorate trees! Mice Ornaments  has two lil mice hugging a snowman ornament. I had painted this without knowing what I’d do for a scene; there was a lot of white and especially the snowman looked “weak” on a white background. That meant darkening it to increase contrast which worked well. I painted over the string on the snowman and tail on the little mouse, and could just paint them back in on top with gouache.

3 Kings

Last but not least the 3 Kings!

This went through stages – first painted by itself, not knowing the ‘scene’ that I would create. Since I’d stamped the star I knew it would be night and started increasing shadows, then it was still so busy against the bluish purple sky – so I put them inside a barn to give it a nice dramatic frame.

About that class!

The new Gouache Jumpstart class teaches color theory for the first few lessons, then jumps into paintings…..you don’t need drawing skills! I made them nice and easy, and there’s photos in case you decide to trace them.

There is not any stamping in the course, however – this video today has been added to the PreClass lesson. So if you decide to try it later, that’ll be handy when you do for ideas on how you can maybe tackle stamping and gouache together!

Bloghop and giveaway!

There are 2 giveaways!!

CCC will give away one free clear stamp set from comments on my blog – they will choose the winner randomly and contact them.

If you use my affiliate link (any on this page) to make a purchase, you will be entered to win the entire release. . ($270 Value!!)

Bloghop links:

Adrienne Kennedy

Amy Tsuruta

Amy Young

Bibi Cameron

Daniel West

Donna Hitz

Erin Thompson

Jenn Shurkus

Jennifer Kotas

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Kassi Hulet

Kelly Griglione

Koren Wiskman

Nancy Sheads

Sandy Allnock

IG:
Adam Karle 
Jasleen Kaur
Joe Sysavath
Laura Inguz
Traci Jenkins

Supplies

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  1. Colorado Craft Company Complete Bundle-Save 10%
  2. Colorado Craft Company Stamps Only Bundle-Save 5% 
  3. Colorado Craft Company Individual stamps (see website for dies)
    1. 3 Kings 
    2. Gift Exchange 
    3. Cozy Cat 
    4. Meowy Christmas 
    5. Peaceful Fox 
    6. Mice Ornaments 
    7. Mice Lights 
    8. Sneaky Mice 
    9. Big Gift Mini 
    10. Just Add Snow 
    11. Bird Perch Mini 
  4. GOUACHE:
    1. Winsor and Newton Intro Gouache Set 10 colors:  Blick Amazon
    2. OR Daniel Smith Gouache
    3. Hansa Yellow Medium 
    4. Hansa Yellow Deep 
    5. Pyrrol Scarlet 
    6. Quinacridone Magenta
    7. Ultramarine 
    8. Cobalt  
    9. Permanent Green Light  
    10. Yellow Ochre  
    11. Titanium White  
    12. Lamp Black 
  5. PALETTE: Joybest airtight palette
  6. BRUSHES: Jack Richeson travel brush set for gouache  Blick Amazon
  7. GOUACHE PROTECTION:
    1. Dorlands Wax Medium 4oz Blick • Amazon
    2. 16oz Blick • Amazon

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