this month we will use Daniel Smith Watercolors (or whatever you prefer to use) to create this watercolor canvas rich in texture and colorful depth.
"Gypsy" as i call her, starts with a stencil and is built on layers of absorbent ground, image transfer and fiber paste to create a super absorbent surface for the highly pigmented Daniel Smith watercolors to be placed on.
i will walk you step-by-step introducing the new media, tools and techniques to building the colorful blooms and layers of drips that transform the stencil outline into a stylized "gypsy" girl.
no drawing skills needed
* for those of you that have taken part and enjoyed the Canvas Create workshops over the past 2 years, thank you so much for joining me every month and stretching your creative boundaries. i will not be continuing the Canvas Create format next year, but instead incorporating this concept into a 48 week online workshop where you can choose to create on canvases or follow along in the journal creating 48 unique pieces of art.
something magical happens when you immerse yourself in an artists process, you build your confidence, you begin to change even.
this weekend at the Studio, Kate Thompson taught a class of amazing woman her process for creating her magnificent art pieces. when i first took Kate's class it truly transformed me, made me excited and filled my head with NEW incredible techniques and tools for building art. i watched each students work progress and watched them become impassioned with each layer they built.
such gorgeous work. i wish i could begin to capture the depth in these photos!
For the past 6 years I have been art journaling, seriously keeping a visual diary of who I am as an Artist, developing techniques, learning new products and building a comprehensive working knowledge of working in mixed-media layers. almost religiously for the last 3 years of those 6 years, I have been keeping an "Inspiration Journal".
I have used this journal each week as a teaching tool. Just as a student practices her craft, I practiced the creative freedom of letting go, painting intuitively and learning and developing my skills as an artist. I have learned acceptance and creative confidence and in doing so, made that process open to you in the hopes of empowering you each week to believe in the process too.
During those same 3 years, I began trusting the process, I took the next leap into implementing these skills in a larger format, taking the process another step further and applying my art on canvas. I quickly learned bridging the ideas from art journals to canvas gave me a broader understanding of the medias I was working with.
48 weeks, my year long course for 2014, incorporates not only the skills learned through art journaling but also the knowledge gained through working on larger scale canvases. (Kinda like "inspiration Wednesday" and "Canvas Create" had a baby!)
48 weeks is a year long comprehensive online course that empowers each of us to allow the natural ebb and flow of our artistic styles guide the creative process, building a strong foundation for your art, your creative confidence as well as an incredibly vast repertoire of techniques that stretch beyond just the art journal page.
I wanted to create this workshop as the touchstone of each students creative journey. This year long course explores dozens of fascets of the creative process and takes each student beyond the art into a creative awaking each week.
We will create together, working on the pages of our journals each week expressively documenting every milestone as we complete the 48 entries, documenting our growth as an artist in 2014.
Because I have always wanted to fill and complete an A3 Moleskine journal, I am using this LARGE format journal (16 x 22") as my diary of this journey. The actual book you use does not change the process or the practice. I want you to work with whatever you feel the most comfortable working in, you can even choose to work on canvases if that fits your style.
48 weeksis a work at your own pace online course that includes 48 weeks of NEW creative and expressive art that will inspire you to dig deeper into your creative soul, develop your personal style and leave it on the page. Every 3 months you will receive another 12 weeks of course lessons. these lessons are fully downloadable, which means they are yours forever to save, re-watch, rewind and to reference for a lifetime.
I invite all of you to join me this year as I share from my heart, my creative journey and artistic practices that fuel the passion I have for art.
"Art makes the spirit soar.
And when the spirit is lifted, life follows."
- Adrianna Trigiani
we've have design 3 options to make it easier for you to take part in this 4-semester year long course