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Paint With Crayons?

Yes I did and I LOVED IT! The message is pretty awesome!  The idea of melted crayons and painting with them had me for awhile. I had to try.

First step bake some crayons.

I preheated the oven- I’m melting crayons and excited for what’s to come! What 325 degrees?

Crayon Project

Then after about 5 minutes or so take them out of the oven.

Melted crayons

 

…and this is the FUN part, paint and paint fast because the crayon will start to dry and stick.

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Next time melt the crayons a little more, work faster and use these brushes.  Watercolor brush soap works great to clean the brushes.

Here it is! Takes about 30 minutes to dry. I must say I didn’t care too much for the waxy smell throughout the house. Maybe it’s because I used old crayons? Oh well…

Melted Crayon Paint Texture

It’s clear how quick the crayon dries. The top part is where I started  and much smoother. I love the color! Overall I love the Eric Carle Hungry Caterpillar feel here.

How will this look with letters?

I Color with Crayons

 

Love the color and there is a little darkness but I guess that’s part of stepping out and doing your own thing. The beauty supersedes.

Is there a better way to paint? Do I melt the crayon more or do I shave the crayon and somehow melt it? BUT I’ve seen this done and don’t like the texture. I like painting with crayons? Well see!

Oh think of all the impossibilities that are possible!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer Contest

discussion bannerSo here’s the deal on how you can win a cool art package.

For the entire summer I will be working on art. I am dedicating this summer to writing my book and building my blog. That means working on tons of side projects. These projects include brushing up on hand lettering, drawing and just simple basics to get me ready for the next phase. I invite you to learn with me. We have the whole summer.

I will be posting my fundamental practice and working on a couple of side projects in the process. I’ll be sharing this on my blog.

To enter the contest you need to enroll in 3 of my classes here. All you need to do is sign up and you’ll get 2 months to watch my classes and have access to over 15,000 other classes. Wait how much does this cost? For two months you will get my classes for free for real no strings.

STEP 1: Take at least 3 of my classes. If you already have then move on to

STEP 2: Post a project

STEP 3: Share the love by commenting on other projects.

My mission is to encourage you. Use this platform to learn and grow as the artist you were born to be!

At the end of the summer I will choose a winner! The winner will receive a prize. I will put together a simple fun package. I’m thinking an art sketch book, tube of paint, a cool paintbrush and some other interesting ideas. Haven’t worked out all the details…More details to come!

I will post reminders on skillshare weekly to remind you guys. This past week I put together a free lettering kit to help you practice.  Oh one more thing. Please come find me on instagram.

Enroll in 3 of my classes here. All you need to do is sign up and you’ll get 2 months to watch my classes and have access to over 15,000 other classes. Wait how much does this cost? For two months you will get my classes for free for real no strings.

Wait what classes do I have going on?

 

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There’s tons of other awesome classes from all kinds of topics like blogging, cooking, design, illustration, branding ,watercolor, brush lettering, photoshop, illustrator ,art and so much more.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible!

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5 Tips to Paint Better

Or is it the other way around? I get so frustrated when this idea happens. I go and paint it and I’m not happy. I thought that by just getting right in to side projects I could gain practice. Yes I have fun but there’s a better way. I love LOVE my ideas and the color…I’d say I have an eye for choosing amazing color.

My problem is in the silly mistakes I make. Here they are:

  1. Master transparencies

Learning to paint with transparencies creates easy practice. I used black and used various tones of black.  I use too much water at times and I don’t allow for one place to dry before I move on to the next. I have this need to keep painting over and over the same spot. The flower looks cool here.

The element of Value to draw shapes

2. Use the right brush for the job.

If you’re paining a lovely watercolor wash then use a big round brush from 10-14 or bigger! I’ve learned that a really good brush can do some detailed work as well as paint washes

3. Take your time and let one area dry before you paint the area next to it.

Seriously go slow and enjoy! I do this all the time! It’s why a perfectly awesome painting gets smudges and yeah look:

Watercolor Scarecrow

4. Have enough space to paint.

I paint where ever when ever I can. Sometimes I have trouble seeing. Silly but it’s true. Make sure you can see and make sue you have lot’s of space to freely move your notepad or paper around. You don’t have to paint in one position. Which brings me to my last tip.

5. Don’t take anyone’s word for it.

Do your own practice and observation. What works for them will not work for you! Yes by all means take a good class Ana Victoria Calderon! She’s a queen of watercolor. Just show up everyday and you’ll figure out how you like to hold you brush, what paints you like best and even what you love to paint best.

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Mosaic Watercolor Masterpiece

That’s the crazy wonderful thing about freedom…you are free to create what you want.  That’s a big question and a scary responsibility.

Oh but imagine all the WONDERFUL impossibilities that ARE possible.

I had to think up a good quote.  I wanted the word masterpiece to be a mosaic. I love Eric Carle’s collage art. I’m encouraged every time I read the Hungry Caterpillar to a classroom of 1st grades.  We get excited EVERY time.  From collage art to the BIG idea that art can be anything you want it to be, I’m amazed!

A True Artist Quote

Let yourself go. Go Mad. Go Bonkers. Lose Yourself.

I love the color and that the words freedom, creates and masterpiece all create a movement leading from one to another. This love wouldn’t have happened without the entire process of letting yourself go. I had an idea and started with a color palette that best expressed my idea. I mixed up the colors and oh the color in the word creates happened! I probably need to rework the freedmom color them. I will. Let’s do add that to my claendar.

Losing yourself helps you find yourself.

Just now as I uploaded the picture I can see the promise of this piece. I’m in love with the idea and the mosaic just takes my breath away. Let’s be honest my heart aches because I see that I need to focus on the nitty-gritty of pulse and precision. I mean the color scheme is to die for but, the smudges and the staying in the lines… oh I get so excited. I know I have awesome ideas. No one will ever know how awesome they are, if I don’t work on the skill. At least I know what needs working and what doesn’t. Let’s work on the quote. Let’s paint!

 

Everything is possible

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Orange Paint And a Straw?

A while ago I painted this:

You Make Me Happy...

The color pink with the yellow brown lettering is cool. Sometimes you  have a bad day and completely forget how lucky you are. Then… “Here comes the sun little darling”

A straw works well to create sun rays and hay.  Thanks to the person who taught me this tip. Learn something BUT make it your own.

Remember this guy! I made his hay with a straw.

Watercolor Scarecrow

 

Next I’m going to try a bigger wider straw to create some wash backgrounds for my poems.

Take two:

Your Optomism for every day!

 

 

 

Love the block letters and the flat brush/straw texture. I spread the paint with a straw. Then use the brush to spread the paint further. I love the block letters BUT  they are a little crowded. That needs fixing.

Learn the meaning of color.

This is an important element and my favorite. Orange is bright and positive. Here’s the part that gave me a BIG idea.  I always go for walks and that just comforts my heart. Let’s face it who really wears orange -coral or peach perhaps but not orange. Wait why not create an orange poster to hang on the wall and EVERY time you read- there it is – your positive orange for the day. I played around with proportion to emphasize this point. I drew an outline of the flowers with crayon and blended in paint. Love the texture and love the blue! Awesome contrast! You should have something orange in your life everyday.  Oh wait this would be a great idea for my giant post card collection.

Your Daily Optimism

 

 

 

Maybe a vibrate turquoise next time? Yes for sure tone down the blue here. Or not? Notice the in case you lose it. I was paining and proud of this piece when the paper ripped. I felt down but oh what a wonderful example of the message I’m conveying here. Notice another mistake? Who cares.  I now have an awesome watercolor crayon texture technique.

Everything all depends on how you choose to live.

That’s the scary part. You think you have it all planned out and know exactly what you want. Then the color’s wrong and maybe the straw isn’t the right size-all these what ifs stack up one on top of the other. Out of nowhere the right idea happens.

Everything is possible