July 23, 2014

New class Giveaway!

Hello there!
I finally finished installing and tinkering my newest project so I want to have a giveaway!
What is it?
A class with lots of painting tips, texture techniques and mixed media fun!
How to enter?
Grab the button, paste it in your blog with a link to HERE


Post/share in any network about it (facebook, twitter, youtube, etc...) and come and leave a comment here. Don't forget to leave a comment here! :oD
The more shares, the more comments, the more chances to win!

*If someone signs up because of you, you will also get an extra surprise in the mail :oD

 
 

You can win it for yourself, or to give to a friend!
The only thing needed is an internet connection and enough knowledge to navigate online!

Winner will be announced next week, July 30th
...so hurry up and play!

*(Note: The image with pencils was generated in a photo editor, this is not pencil art)

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July 21, 2014

Party Hat Class




Now open!
The Party Hat class, which went live for the Soul Food lessons months ago, is now being offered separately, to watch at your own pace!

This class has a little bit of everything and the fun part of an online class is that you can watch it over and over.

What is in this class? 

    -Texture techniques.
    -Different ways to add color and paint.
    -Making a face from scratch.
    -Lesson on making stylized hands.
    -Use of different Mediums.
    -Fun with templates.



What do you need?
-Fast internet connection.
-Acrylic paint, mediums and brushes.
-Assorted templates and patterned paper.
A full list of materials will be given after joining the class.



How long is it?
It depends on each person. You can watch it all in one day, or take it easy and watch spaced for few days.Then watch it again if you like.

Where is it?
We will have our own space and registered members will have access and an invitation via email to the site after Paypal payment.



How much is it?
Only $46.00 USD.
Price might increase in the future.  Because of the nature of online classes and workshops, no refunds after the class has started.



To purchase: Click on BuyNow button (here or in the side bar) 
 Email me (top menu button)  to let me know you purchased the class. Sometimes paypal takes a while to send me a note. And check your junk/spam folder in case my email lands there!


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July 17, 2014

Last of the Soul Food

The awesome live lessons of Soul Food are finished.  The rest will be self paced for those that joined, and I have to say, it was a great experience! From every point of view!
I made a little cartoon drawing for the ladies that took us all in this fantastic trip:
 Mystele, Heather and Jeanette.


I will be offering my class from there soon! Keep an eye for updates ;o)
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July 16, 2014

More gelli hearts

This one is so sweet but the colors are softer in person, my scanner got dramatic again :o)

Are you doing any hearts too?

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July 14, 2014

Face in the World updates

My faces came back!
The 1st one on the left is Melissa's. The other 2 are mine, back from their travels overseas:


And this is what I added to the one I will mail this week: a crown and turquoise neck decoration, plus gold details. I also sealed the hair with medium.


I don't think I posted the one Anita started? It was mailed last week, I added more hair and a few touches to lips and eyes. I am planning to make a video slide with all of these ladies to see them transforming :oD

 

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July 13, 2014

WIP of a woman

Every time I have to wait for something, I draw. I guess you can call it doodle? But only that I make faces. All the time. Yes.
Any scrap of paper is good as long as the pen rolls :oD

This is one I found in my purse and since I still liked it, I scanned it, then cleaned the extra lines.

  


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July 11, 2014

A Frida, a heart

Making random Fridas for the month July, along with more hearts!
I'm going to add color to her, just not sure if manually or digitally. Maybe both?


More gelatin mono-printing. I'm in love!




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July 8, 2014

Hearts!

One more time I'm running to chase myself and can't keep up hahaaha
I posted in FB an invitation about the "Hearts in July" project/activity. -Formerly known as 31 hearts- I don't call it a challenge necessarily, but I think I should since it seems to be a challenge just to come scan and post! (°‿~ )

Anyway, for those that did not see it in FB, feel free and totally invited to paint/create/find hearts around you. I picked July because it is our wedding anniversary month, and also because it is not fair that only February is all decorated with hearts ( ♥‿♥)

Here is one of my hearts, gelatine mono print, and digitally modified a bit just for fun:


Let me know if you make any hearts to go see them!
Thanks for visiting

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July 6, 2014

Happy birthday Frida!

One of my favorite painters is Frida Kahlo. I love her folkloric elements in her painting, her self portraits are very interesting, can't stop finding new things and inspiration from them!
I do not agree with all her personal or political interests but you take the person with her time, era and influences and that rounds in a sense a life.
Back in high school I made probably 11 self portraits emulating her style but with a twist: I made myself of different races and skin colors lol I wish i still had those papers!

Today is her birthday and I thought of sharing some images and  links here.

A few years ago google made a logo of her:
 

Her last entry in her diary made many people think her death was not natural, talking about a joyous exit and hoping never to return, but the fact is that her health was terrible and her spirits very low, she had been declining for years:


I think this is my favorite photo of her, smiling:



If you want a short version of her life, this is a very interesting page HERE
To see some of her art click HERE
And some of my paintings inspired by Frida HERE


I'd love to see your comments! Thanks for visiting ♥

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July 4, 2014

Music videos

Happy 4th of July USA! Please careful with those firecrackers...
And keep your pets indoors!

Today I just want to share music and joy. I found these 2 videos and loved them!
Enjoy:




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July 1, 2014

Monoprinting is addictive...

... and fun!
I made some stencils and used a variety of papers.
So far I can tell you the best paper to use for gelli printing is not watercolor paper.
Bristol, sketch and regular printer paper are very easy to use but you have to add medium to make it more permanent, specially if you are not going to use it as collage (where I end covered in layers of medium anyway).

Enjoy!



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June 30, 2014

What happened to June?

Well, seems like the #JuneGuys month comes to an end. I managed a few before the month was over... I hope you enjoyed making the male face too!
Why does it feel the year is going too fast?
I have been working behind the scenes on various projects, but since they are still not done cooking I can't post about it. But let me say that I'm desperate to show hahaha

For now, I will post a beautiful photo of our orchid:


...and the last of my June Guys, charcoal on paper. Very vague resemblance with a young Brad P, just coincidental.


Check my monoprinting video tomorrow!

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June 28, 2014

Cat in my window

My cat, like most cats... is a curious creature. And very silly. As soon as he is inside he wants to go out, just to go to a window and spy on us.
Like a good cat, he can't see a door he doesn't want to go through, or a window he can't snoop at. I took a picture and played with the editor:


Isn't he pretty? (^._.^)

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June 26, 2014

Finding images on google

I made this sign yesterday because so many artists have gone through the same problem of finding their art used in a way not intended: (Feel free to re post it and/or use this image and talk about your own story if you have had a problem too).


In my case I have seen my images posted without letting me know, sometimes with a credit back, or asked me to use them but also used as a very badly done tote bag, yes, many years ago.
In the case of my buddy Lulu Pink Turtle, her art was copied to make even cookies! Sure, it takes a lot of work to make beautiful cokies BUT can't they come up with their own ideas??

The typical excuse is that "they found the image on google" Well, the internet is an excellent tool but it is not a bag of chips to just go grab one  (╯°~°)╯  lol

It is there because either the author put it there or someone else did, hopefully respecting the copyright. Sites like Pinterest make it impossible to keep your work in your own site, even if you remove it, they still keep a copy.
I always recommend to watermark, not just to give them a hard time to copy (lets face it, if someone wants to copy an image, there are tons of tools to do so, sadly) but also to show your information in the image so people can find you if they want to see more of your work.

Share the message, add a friendly note in your blog or site, links about copyright, angel policy and hopefully more and more people with understand that it is not nice to use without permission and profit with the images that someone else created.




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June 25, 2014

Taking it easy

This past weeks I have been taking it easy. Not exactly my plan but my hurt shoulder does not allow for much just yet. I have no idea how exactly I ended up hurting my shoulder, I guess it was a series of small actions, maybe? The thing is I can barely move it and I am having Physical Therapy that hurts as much as leaving it alone. Lets hope that it helps soon because it is so annoying!

So, not much art but I have a few nice images to share.
This is from the FITW. Lee in AU made the kitty but then she suggested to change it... so I asked again if it was OK to give it a whole other look and after the agreement, I turned around: (Now it is a Frida KATlo) :oP


What do you think? Do you like the results?


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