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Lettering with Tempera Paint

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A little Art History is where it all began. I came across this big magnificent book. Every page filled with art history–the story–the WHY. Right there among the pages of  Expressionism, this quote had me thinking a WONDERFUL thought.

Anyone can brush letter the word love. Most do.  But only an artist can manipulate color or whatever he or she wants to make us feel the story. There’s a difference. I don’t like the word manipulate. Maybe it works here?

Got my tempera paints in the mail. I had to mix color first.

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Then came the real reason I’m here. I was dying to recreate an amazing paint texture.

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Amazing and done by a 1st grade class is even better!

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I didn’t have the right tool so I made one.

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I painted this mixing color right on the page in a blotting motion. Not exactly the same. I should do a softer motion so I get more texture with the brush.

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I will definitely try this again. I’ll make the brush bigger and use a bit more tints. Work in layers?

That led to my  color book . I saw a leaf stamp idea that needed doing. I went outside and found the right leaf.

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That idea led to this idea. Writing these letters was amazing. I just wish I could have painted on  a blank piece of paper instead. Oh well I do want to reuse every piece before I recycle.

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and here we are.

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The background symbolizes what I want to say. I like it….fabulous idea. Yes I’ll keep working on texture backgrounds and take notes.

What will I work on next week? Maybe it’s time to get organized, do a little 5 minute draw and have fun because it is my birthday!

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Don’t want to be a trend

This week I had a plan to enroll in Skillshare classes.  I couldn’t resist the color theory class because I’ve already started my own notebook.

Mixing color

So I added a few more activities for this class. There’s something comforting about signing up for a class. You listen, follow the activities, and then do a cool project.  I do appreciate these fundamental courses.

Color Theory class

…best part is I used a crayola educational set. Not bad.

Working with color

The final project was to create abstract art. I wanted a scheme that represents how I felt at the moment. In the midst of it all the heart’s a ball. Good quote for this piece. So glad I did these activities because color can help me tell my story.

Abstract watercolor activity

All this led to editing old class projects.  Just looking for dumb grammar mistakes. Come to think of it, more and more watercolor and hand lettering courses are added on skillshare. They’re amazing yet seem to be teaching the same skill. Many of these are really great for practice. Come to think of it, instagram does the same thing.  There are trends and then there’s vintage lettering with food coloring. The letters are amazing, like what you’d see on a vintage bakery sign–and it’s all done in food color.  That’s something I haven’t seen.  What about the artist who did some awesome lettering with nothing but a plate and a squeezable bottle of ketchup. It’s what she wrote that made the WHOLE thing work. That’s original! I’m not seeing too much of original lately.

I don’t want to be just a trend because trends come and go. Wait!  I did something with food coloring. What a mess but oh the color!

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That led me to awesome blog posts with artworks from Henri Matisse.  Yes great timing to learn how to use color to convey emotion. That led to my old designs. Almost forgot my  cool ideas. This is my journal and I can say that.

 

The color and the symbols remind me of the original, fearless, misunderstood, brave and even the young girl who smiles knowing adventure is waiting.

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I love the unfinished impressionistic color layers. I need to erase the guide pencil marks. I didn’t scan the artwork right either, but this is just my journal. I want this to be much darker and drop liquid magenta for deep blue purple here and there. I should have used a toothbrush with gold acrylic paint for the stars. Should have added a crescent sun?

Next week I think I’ll work on Art History. My drawing is improving. What did I work on last week?

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How to create Watercolor washes

Do I practice the basics or get right to the painting? Sometimes I feel like practice. Most of the time I just want to play with ideas swimming in my head. Words from a song linger in my senses. quiero ser un alma libre…I want to be a free soul. quiero ser el verbo puedo…I want to be the verb will/can…

These days my free spirit wants to paint washes and backgrounds. I love the way color goes EVERY which way. There’s no telling how beautiful the finished piece will look– until it reveals itself. Sometimes people are always told don’t until the day they DID!

About watercolor washes…

The right brush

I love the way the paint glides across the page. There’s so many brushes-flat ones, round ones and angled ones. What’s my favorite?  I’d say it’s the brush that seems simple and new. It’s the brush I’m curious about and then say WOW when I realize what it can do. A mop brush holds lots of water and beautiful paint.

This is tempera paint but the brush is a nice flat brush. Can’t wait for my primary colors to arrive in the mail!

Tempera paint you warm my heart!
Tempera paint you warm my heart!

My new love is this bamboo brush. I bought one because I saw it someplace. The artist used black ink.  I love color and wondered what kind of letters I could create. Oh I have an idea!

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Speaking of contrasting color

What color do I mix together? How do I apply the paint? However I want seems best! A light color yellow with a vibrant hot pink …you take my breath away.

Pink and Yellow watercolor heart

This next one is awesome but I need to go slow and clean up my letters. I do love the message and the heart! So glad this is a journal and for my eyes only.

Watercolor heart

Mix up green with red for a murky brown? Yes save this for when I run out of brown.  I hope I can have a painitng session where I’m so lost and run out of paint and in love with this idea that I just make some brown. Having fun with color is great to listen, relax and know thyself. This is a fun exercise inspired by a skillshare class from Ana Victoria Calderon.

Pulse and Precision

Don’t get me started on the blues. Perfect example of how to hold the brush and mix color. I blobbed and dabbed. I held at an angle. I twisted and turned.  I must say there’s a spontaneity that I love. Oh but that’s the best part!!

Blue eatercolor heart washesNo one dreams of being JUST another watercolor wash.

I’ve used crayon, alcohol, acrylic,bleach, salt, straws, fabric and who knows what else. This is just me being curious. What story do I want to tell? I like using different paints and media. I love working in layers. There’s so much to try so little time. The point is to use what I want because art is really about the place it’s coming from-me and my message.

I went from this

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to this.

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What of this here? The color is awesome but the letters well…I don’t judge.

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I had this quote. Okay lets change it up. What did I do?  I painted over it!

 

Somehow I lost the contrast. Sometimes you lose some. I do love the quote and where this was suppse to go. The color just went terribly wrong. The letters are pretty cool. This design didn’t work out the first time so I turned it into a positive? Well I tried.  Some will see the black or be so happy that–WHAT– there’s black? Maybe I need to combine both of these designs? Maybe?

Not sure what I will be working on next week but I right now I love not knowing.

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Let freedom ring…

 

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in the art studio!  (Yes I’m here once again because you need a voice of reason.)

Dear Mireya,

Sure family calls you Myra but you’re Mireya – love the name by the way.  No- your ego doesn’t need to grow bigger, so leave it at the door.  You’re you, but everyone else is AWESOME too! Don’t forget that.

Speaking of, that’s the reason I’m here. This past week you totally let your guard down!  Just stop all the nonsense and create. It’s that simple. YES Mireya it is!  I think you know quite well that your art is awesome. Not everyone will like or understand your art. I know how art makes you feel. How free you feel to do what you want. How free you feel to be you. You spent the entire summer working on your book and learning art.  No it wasn’t a waste of time.  Yes you can draw and illustrate your book. You are close and you will publish it!  Yes you spent 4 long hours EVERY day writing but you did it.

Stop worrying about how many likes or subscribers you have or don’t have. Likes come and go. True fans are the ones who email you or give you advice. Be sure and thank them.  You’re no fool! Stop acting like one. When you pursue likes, you start to do and ACT like everybody… to get these likes.  Stick to your plan and create because you feel this need to let your passion run wild.  Just tell your story.  Come to think if it, you have some cool fans now.  STOP WORRYING in general. It’s not your job to question why some people say mean words. They do, and they will.

Mind your own business! Stop going around trying to please people, wondering how you measure up. I get that you love people and want to help. You know what’s right. Don’t drive yourself crazy and burn yourself out. Sure you said and did the best- most of the time. Other times who knows what happened? You know and he knows.  Yes you’ve made mistakes. You aren’t proud of them. Don’t be ashamed of them either. That’s your past and this is your today-your future. You have a good heart.  Sometimes your courage gets you in trouble. Courage get the gloves ready. We’re knocking out fear with one punch-or however many punches it takes. Yeah- I don’t think fear ever goes away, but you can LOVE SO MUCH that you face it period. Wise up.

It’s okay that you’re feeling burned out with all this book writing and art learning. Take care of yourself because I love you! No matter what happens I’m your light. I’ll never stop burning. We have a book children are waiting to read, and workshops fans want to be part of.  For now take your time and work on basics like watercolor washes, lettering, and just play around with ideas. Figure yourself out.  We got this! Yeah he’s got us too…. he knows…knows that it’s LOVE I’m after.

Love always, Mireya

P.S. Next week Mireya’s going to share how she creates watercolor washes. Well… they’re not all done with watercolor….are you a subscriber?

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Finger Painting With Acrylic and Watercolor

I’m looking for a cool background or pattern for my poems and quotes.

I’ve been playing with acrylic paint and watercolor of course.

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You’ve seen the one with crayola here Note to self, paint more of these. There’s something about mixing color that excites me. You add color and drop it on the page like this and spread it. There’s no structure. The paint just takes on a life of it’s own.  I love that.

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I love dropping drops of paint and then using a flat brush to spread the paint in a horizontal motion. Use my  finger prints to create a pattern? Yes I will try that next time!

Instead I got this quote in my head and why not play around with it.

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Oh dear I need more space! Oh but I do love this idea! I love the color. I used the dot method to grab a couple of colors and then paint….looks awesome but I want to go back to the drawing board with this one.

Here it is! Yes I am also testing different paper and this is a store paper bag. The purple paint is done in acrylic and the dots were done with watercolor paint.

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I’m still going to try the fingerprint pattern.

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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?

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

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…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?

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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!

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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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