Last year around the holidays, like a lot of people, I did most of my shopping on Amazon. I mean, can you get any better than free two day shipping and avoiding long lines at the stores? Since becoming a mom it's been much more convenient for me to quickly hit "Add to Cart" whenever I'm running low on anything from diapers to art supplies to gluten-free pasta.
After a few days of heavy online shopping, those infamous cardboard boxes started piling up at my door - and more often than not - only contained one small item per box. My eyes were opened for the first time and I knew I needed to do a better job at reducing waste in my personal life, as well as in my business.
As I was doing a bit of spring cleaning in my studio, I was confronted with "the drawer" - the place where I shove all my old artwork. I couldn't bear the thought of filling my trash can with so much waste, so I started thinking of ways I could repurpose my old original paintings. That's when the concept for this course came together. I was determined to find ways to up-cycle items laying around my studio.
This course can be taken by artists of all levels, and in any medium. We will complete two projects that demonstrate how easy it is to repurpose old artwork into brand new masterpieces. We will also discuss ways that we can reduce waste in our personal lives, as well as in our art practices.
STRESS. It’s all around us! If you’re anything like me, you might find yourself tossing and turning at night thinking about your never ending to-do list, worrying about loved ones, or waking up in the morning with a clenched jaw and tight muscles. We all know stress isn’t good for our bodies or mental health, but more often than not we choose to ignore it until it manifests in ugly ways (hello insomnia, irritability, and anxiety!). In this class, we are going to talk all about how to use watercolors to alleviate stress, relax our minds, and build confidence - ALL while mastering basic techniques needed to improve your painting skills. It’s a win-win!
There are five main exercises that will be spread out over five days (although you may choose to do them in one sitting - that’s totally up to you!). Each exercise includes a demonstration of a basic watercolor technique (creating washes, brush control, layering, and composition) and ends with a unique prompt that will help reduce stress as you paint.
This is a beginning watercolor course and suitable for newcomers, but having previous knowledge of color mixing/theory may be beneficial. The stress reduction part of the class is for anyone - from uptight Type-A gals like me to total zen master Gurus. Let’s be honest - we all could benefit from a little self care!
Since I don’t want to add any stress to your life (wink wink, see what I did there?), our class project is super simple. Snap a quick picture of your work and upload to the community project section. I leave feedback on Every. Single. One! Bonus points if you share your favorite stress relief method covered in the course.
Greenery is having a major moment in the wedding and design world...just scroll through Instagram or Pinterest and you'll see what I mean! "Greenery" even won out as Pantone color of the year! With such a focus on foliage, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some of my favorite tips and techniques using watercolors. After we practice different methods, we will put our skills to good use with two great projects.
To practice different techniques while painting floral greenery and gain confidence in basic watercolor skills.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
A beginner/intermediate level class where you will practice a variety of techniques while painting greenery. We will go over in extensive detail what supplies you'll need and what are the best choices for you. We will put our practice to good use with several exercises and two simple and straightforward projects.
-Experiment with mixing greens. Mix at least 10 unique colors.
-Draw 6 boxes on a piece of paper. Practice brush strokes in each box, using the video as a guide.
-Practice basic leaf shapes. Fill an entire page with basic leaves.
-Practice painting specific types of greenery: tulip, spray, silver dollar eucalyptus, mum.
1. Minimalist Framed Artwork
2. Pattern Framed Artwork
From Bouquet to Painting: Floral Arranging & Painting for Artists
Have you ever received a “grocery store” bouquet of flowers from a loved one and not known how to arrange them when you got home? Ever stared at murky, brown water in a vase as your floral arrangement withered in front of you? Spent hours pouring over Pinterest and Instagram looking for floral inspiration to use in your paintings?
If you said yes to any of the above, this is the class for you! We will cover all the supplies and techniques you need to care for and arrange cut flowers - whether they come from your garden, the farmers market, or the grocery store! As an added bonus, we will discuss and practice how to use our arrangements to inspire our own paintings, as well as how to compose a modern, loose floral painting. We will end our course by talking about the practical ways to incorporate our arrangements and paintings into everyday life.
The floral care and arrangement portion of this class is ideal for beginners, though intermediate “flower enthusiasts” may find some new useful tips & tricks.
The painting portion of this class is geared toward intermediate watercolor painters and will focus on composition. It is not a “how-to paint watercolor flowers” instruction (but don’t fret - that class is coming later this year!).
This step-by-step tutorial is a guided lesson on how to paint a modern floral wreath with watercolors. It's a great exercise for all skill levels, as it uses basic supplies and techniques.
When you are done, you will have a beautiful piece of artwork that you can frame, cut/trim and use as stationery, or even digitize for use with graphic design. You will also receive two PDFs with helpful tips and reference images, as well as a bonus art print with inspirational quote.
1. A small bowl, approx. 6" in diameter.
2. A drawing pencil, 2H or lighter
3. Paint brushes (feel free to use what you have on hand, but this lesson uses 3 Round Brushes, sizes 1, 5, and 10.)
4. Watercolor paints (An inexpensive palette is fine, the one used in the lesson is the Artist's Loft set from Michael's.)
5. Watercolor paper (Cold pressed, 140lb or higher)
6. Cup of water
7. Absorbent paper towel (I prefer the Viva brand)