Episode 53

Hello fellow artists! Have you ever wondered how people get those super amazing watercolor backgrounds for their art? Well look no further, today Iโ€™m going to be showing you a super easy and fun tutorial for how to get a unique watercolor background. Continue reading

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Episode 52

Bonjour les amis!

How are you all doing? With school in sight, let’s focus on enjoying the rest of summer.

Our project today is DIY paint markers.

You will need:

  • Empty and clean waterbrush
  • Liquitex Flow-Aid (it will last you a long time!)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Water
  • Eyedropper or syringe
  • A container with a tight lid
  • Wipes
  • Scratch paper (to test the ink)
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Patience

Step 1. Gather Materials

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I’m using a rather worn Niji water brush and Liquitex Soft Body Acrylic paint in Blue, Black, and Titanium White.

Step 2. Squeeze about 1 teaspoon worth of paint into your lid-able container.

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Step 3. Mix the paint up with a toothpick or chopstick.

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Step 4. Pour about 3-5 drops of Liquitex Flow-Aid. It helps to dilute the acrylic paint without having the paint separate. Add about 1 tablespoon + of water until the solution is rather runny.

Step 5. Pour into your waterbrush.

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It takes trial and error to make a solution that will work with a water brush. I would lean more on the watery side.

Live creatively!

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Recruiting Artists

Hello there!

Do you like to make art? Are you looking for a creative outlet? Have you followed the Art Lab for awhile and dreamed for the chance to join us? Your chance is here! We currently have two spots open.

Requirements:

  1. You must have a personal blog, where you post about art-related topics rather often. (It can not be a private blog)
  2. You have a personal email, where we can easily contact you.
  3. You must have a hobby of doing art.
  4. You must be at least 12 years old. (Please don’t apply if you are under. We are not discriminating based on age but as most under this age don’t have enough maturity to fulfill commitments, such as posting and checking the schedule regularly, we are limiting applicants to 12 and older).

How to apply:

  1. Make sure you fulfill ALL the requirements.
  2. Fill out the form in this page.
  3. Send three to five high-quality photos (which you have taken) of your artwork to theartlabblog@gmail.com.
  4. Wait for our email.

Deadline to submit is September 1. We will announce the new members soon afterward.

Good luck folks!

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Episode 51

Hello, dears!

This week I have something a little different than my usual watercolor art for you today. ๐Ÿ™‚ Quite different, in fact: in this post I shall give you guys a tutorial on how to make a cute owl with graphite and colored pencil shavings! ๐Ÿ˜€

But first, the inspiration behind the art:

Art Inspiration:

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Pretty neat, isn’t it? I’ve seen things like this before and I think it’s a great idea, so I decided to make something like it myself! Let’s get started.

You will need the following:

  • paper or a canvas of some sort (I used an ATC)
  • sketching pencils or a normal pencil
  • a tortillon/blending stump or a tissue
  • a hand sharpener (NO WAIT I mean a pencil sharpener, but not an electric one XD)
  • colored pencils
  • liquid glue (I used Mod Podge but Elmer’s glue or Tacky Glue would also work)
  1. Begin by lightly sketching a rounded rectangle onto your paper.ย owl 1
  2. Sketch a wide “u” at the top of the rectangle to shape the owl’s “horns.”ย owl 2
  3. Fill out the horns, and add a small teardrop-shaped beak.ย owl 3
  4. Make the eyes. Don’t make either the iris or the pupils complete circles for a more realistic look.ย owl 4
  5. Start shading. I colored the pupils with my darkest pencil (soft ones in the “B” range work well), leaving a small highlight, and then shaded the iris darker at the top, gradually fading toward the bottom. Don’t worry too much about the rest of the facial details because we’ll fix them up in the next step…ย owl 5
  6. Now take your blending tool and soften everything but the eyes. As you can see, I made my owl quite soft and fluffy. You can keep yours more neat and trim if you wish. ๐Ÿ™‚ย After all smudging is complete, darken any areas that might need it. I also added a starburst of lines around the owl’s eyes for a cute detail. I suggest skipping to #8 at this point, if you want to learn from my mistakes. XDย owl 7
  7. Now the fun part! If your sharpener is already full of colorful shavings, you can use those, but otherwise you’ll need to sharpen some bright colored pencils. Turn the pencil slowly and firmly to get a nice shaving. My pencils were already so sharp that it hardly worked to sharpen them again, so your feathers might look different (and better!) than mine. Glue them on from the bottom up, overlapping the shavings as you ascend the owl’s body.ย owl 8
  8. I really should have added the wings first because they were hard to color in without breaking off the shavings, but oh well. XD Now add two parallel curves on both sides for wings, and two little feet holding on to a branch. If you took my advice and skipped #7, go back and do it now.ย owl 10

And you’re done!

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Nothing very complicated or impressively realistic, but fun for different, I think. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love how the colored shavings pop against the gray graphite, don’t you? Oh, and I covered my ATC with packing tape to protect the feathers once I was done, but you don’t have to if yours are glued down well enough.

What do you think? Did it turn out pretty cute? Have you ever used colored pencil shavings to make art or used an art supply in an unexpected way?

Oh yes, and if you make art inspired by this piece, we’d love to see it! Check out this pageย  to help us fill our art gallery. ๐Ÿ˜€

Thanks for reading, dears, and have a lovely day!

***Allison***

Episode 50

Hello fellow artists! Welcome back to another Art Lab post! Today is actually our 50th posts, so as you might expect, that is quite exciting! ๐Ÿ˜€ I thought it would be fun to show you guys 5 of my favorite ways to make cute greeting cards! They are all super easy, and require no special surprise, so let’s get our making caps on ๐Ÿ™‚

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