Episode 59

Hello folks!

Do you ever feel lost about what to paint or sketch? Do you ever find yourself without inspiration? Today, I’ll be sharing some fall inspiration through photography!

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What do you do to gain inspiration? Here’s what I usually do:
  • browse the web
  • look outside
  • eat a snack (food is important)
  • listen to music
  • read art blogs
  • flip thru old sketchbooks
  • grab a magazine
  • read a favorite book–Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, Fablehaven
  • take an artistic hiatus–DO THIS EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE!

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Episode 58

Hello, everyone! I’m Danielle, one of the new members of The Art Lab! I’m so excited to be sharing art tutorials with y’all, and hopefully you’ll like what I post. :p

Today’s artwork wasn’t really inspired by any particular piece of artwork. What I’m doing today is a pretty common style of watercolor, but my sister did help me come up with this and I have seen a lot of artwork similar to this,  so I guess you can say I got my inspiration from there. :p

(also, Hannah did some beautiful pen and watercolor autumn leaves in Episode 56 that I partially took inspiration from)

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This is what we’ll be creating today. 😀

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You will need:

  • Paper (preferably watercolor paper, but I don’t have any at the moment, so I just used my sketchbook)
  • Watercolors
  • A black, fine-tip pen
  • A pencil
  • A paintbrush

And now we shall commence. 😉

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First, I lightly sketched the wand (you can make it look however you want) with my pencil.

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Then I just outlined the wand with my pen and added detail to the handle. 🙂

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For the watercolor/magic part you can pick out any colors you want. I picked fall hues because it is fall, and I needed/wanted to make this kind of fall-ish. XD

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Once you’ve picked out your colors, you can just start painting random swirls from the tip of the wand.

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You can blend the colors together when you branch swirls off of each other.

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Make sure your paint is completely dry before you add the pen detailing, or your pen will be ruined. I decided to add a few swirly lines to add a bit more depth to the painting. I did actually have to get a different pen (not because of the paint :p) for this part because my sister killed mine while working on her BuJo. -_- R.I.P. dear pen. (Don’t worry, my pen’s ink comes back after a couple of days with the cap on XD)

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And thus we arrive at the finishing touches. I added some twinkles with my pen. If you want, you can add a background with your paint and add white stars, but I decided to leave mine simple. 😀

For me, this a Harry Potter wand, but you may draw whatever you want. You could do a fairy wand, a book, or a vintage bike. You could even draw a cheeseburger. XD The watercolor just represents the magic coming out of the object. For instance, I drew this jack ‘o lantern later:

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I thought it was really cute and Halloween-ish. :p

I hope you enjoyed!

~Danielle

(Note: I forgot to sign them, so please don’t use these photos without permission)

Episode 57

Howdy, y’all.  My name is Amie, and I’m a new artist here on Art Lab.  Before I get started, I’ll give a few facts about myself.

–I’m a blogger at my blog, Crazy A

–I’m a bunny lover.

–I drink coffee.  ☕️

— I’m a writer, not a “real” artist. XD

— I will admit I love music, and playing my instruments more than my art.

I’m a homeschooled gal, and would enjoy seeing y’all over at my blog!

Okay, before we get started, I need to make a confession.  I’m a terrible artist.  I love art, and I love painting, sketching, or painting with pastels, but I’m not good at it.  So, bear with me, and hopefully we’ll learn together.

Today, I got my inspiration from this on Pinterest.

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So, these are the things you’ll need.

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— Yellow Oxide Acrylic paint

— Hooker’s Green Acrylic paint

— Cadmium Red medium hue acrylic

— Neutral grey acrylic

–Settler’s Blue acrylic

— Mars Black acrylic

— Titanium white acrylic.

(I purchase most my paint from Dick Blick.  All of the above are purchased from there with the exception of Settler’s Blue, which is Folkart, and the tube of gold, which I ended up not using.)

— A pencil

— A glass of water

— A mixing knife

— Palate

— a wide flat brush

— A small, pointed brush

— A medium flat brush

— A medium round brush

— Canvas paper.

All right!  Once you have all that, or stuff similar to that, you can get started!  I took one sheet of canvas paper and my pencil.

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I started by sketching my pumpkins.  My little sister told me to make them like this, and so, I did.  I find it easy to think of them as different sections as I draw, so that might help you.  Just remember to do the one farthest back first, and to draw lightly.

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So, next draw the little berries and cotton.  (I found this one of the most enjoyable parts of the whole art project. 😂)

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Continue drawing all over the page.  I decided to put a leaf at the very bottom.  I will admit, I now wish I didn’t…But I guess it’s too late now, isn’t it?  I stuck with little leaves, berries, and cotton, but this is where you can make the picture your very own.  What if you did Indian corn?  Or gum balls?  Or lavender sprigs?

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Now, you can take your Hooker’s Green, and start filling in the leaves with your smallest brush.  Make sure you put a liberal amount in each leaf so that you can mix in some other colors later on.

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Now, take the brown, and make a stem, but make sure it’s not a continued line.  Also, mix some of the brown with half of the green on the leaves, making the colors blend slightly.

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Now, do that to all of the leaves you’ve drawn.

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Lastly, mix some yellow in those leaves, making the yellow more distinct than the brown.

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Now, move on to the berries.  With the same brush, grab a generous amount of red, and fill in those little circles.

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Now, grab some more yellow, and put a little line on the undersides of the berries.  Don’t mix it in very much.

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Now, I think I forgot to take a picture of the next thing. 😐  But, I will tell you!  Make the stems of the berries the same way as you did the leaves.  Then, mix a good amount of the red with the yellow to make a very strange orange.  DO NOT do the leaf first.  That was my mistake.  (Hehe.)

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Next, add some white in a few places, a dab of black in the middle, and lots and lots of brown.  Once you’re happy with the results, add more paint and give the pumpkin a textured look.

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Now, work a bit on the stem.  Make a big blob of brown, and mix white with it at the top. Then, traced a bit of black around it, and voila!  The orange pumpkin is done.

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Now, ignore what I did with the leaf, and pay attention to the small pumpkin.  Grab a bunch of settler’s blue, and slather it on there.

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Now, grab some white, and accentuate what you want to accentuate. I had fun doing that.  And then grab some brown to make the ridges.

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Now, mess around with the yellow, brown, white, and grey coloring for a LONG time. XD At least, it took me a long time to get it where I was sorta happy with it.

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Now, grab the white and make it nice a FLUFFY.  And grab the grey, and give it a swirl, but only on one half of the cotton.

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Now, for the stem make the little three point flower of brown, and mix in some white.

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And then add little white dots, and the cotton is done!

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Now, just grab some of the yellow, and paint the leave before doing brown for the stem.  Don’t do too much, because the eye isn’t supposed to be attracted to the leaf.

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Now, sign you’re name, and you are done!

Do you enjoy art?  What is your favorite “fallish” thing?  Have you ever seen a field of cotton?

~~Amie~~

Episode 56

Hello friends! Today I’m excited to be back with another Art Lab post! Since fall has officially begun, I thought it would be fun to celebrate with a neat watercolor leaf tutorial. It’s super easy, yet super cute!

I’d recommend practicing a little first, as if you’re not an expert watercolor painter (like me) then the leaves shape can be a little tricky at first. But then again, if you’re an expert……

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Basically just paint some random leaf shapes, if you want you could also lightly pencil them out.

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But of course all of this is just your personal preference.

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Next, paint some leaves on your actually canvas, ATC, sketchbook page, or whatever material you’re using. You can make them as simple as you want, or as complex as you want. I’d recommend trying a few colors and sticking to them, rather than just using whatever colors you want at the moment. Although that could and couldn’t turn out neat. Remember, there is no wrong way to do art.

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After the paint is dry and you are happy with it, then you can start adding details with a fine tip pen, such as stems, veins, etc.

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Once you are happy with the pen details, then you’re finished! Congratulations!

Also, if you did try this technique, I’d love to see it, just email me at theartlabblog@gmail.com to share a picture! 😀

-Hannah

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Episode 55

Hello mates!

Today, we’ll be making alcohol ink. Alcohol ink art has been trending and I’ve been looking at buying alcohol ink but I decided to make some of my own.

You will need:

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Chopsticks
  • old markers that don’t work anymore
  • utility knife
  • paper towels
  • something to line your workspace with
  • Plastic tubes, jars, something to store your ink
  • gloves (optional)

1) Take apart the markers to get the cartridge out. I’m using some old calligraphy markers. Don’t be hesitant to use some force!

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2) Make two small slices in the catridges. Don’t slice all the way through. It makes it harder the fish them out later.

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3) Grab your two plastic containers and put the cartridges into them and fill the containers about 80% full. Leave some space on the top.

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4) Leave the ink to “marinate” and set for at least a few hours or until the color has stopped changing.

5) With gloves on, use the chopsticks to fish out the cartridges and squeeze all the alcohol out of them. Give your inks a swirl. That’s it!

6) Make some art! I made the ATC’s below by placing drops of ink and using a heat gun to move them around and dry them.

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TIP! Don’t use normal paper. Alchol ink will bleed right trhough. Use GLOSSY paper, like photo paper OR you can cover paper with some Elmer’s or Mod Podge which works well enough.

 

Let’s chat below! Will you try this tutorial? Have you ever tried alcohol inks?

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