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 I’m going to be showing you a super easy and fun tutorial for how to get a unique watercolor background. Continue reading

Episode 51

Hello, dears!

This week I have something a little different than my usual watercolor art for you today. 🙂 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! 😀

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. owl 1
  2. Sketch a wide “u” at the top of the rectangle to shape the owl’s “horns.” owl 2
  3. Fill out the horns, and add a small teardrop-shaped beak. owl 3
  4. Make the eyes. Don’t make either the iris or the pupils complete circles for a more realistic look. 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… 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. 🙂 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. XD 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. 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. owl 10

And you’re done!

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Nothing very complicated or impressively realistic, but fun for different, I think. 🙂 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 page  to help us fill our art gallery. 😀

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

***Allison***

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Episode 41

Hello guys!

This is my very first post as a member of the Art Lab crew. SO EXCITED!!

Today, we’ll be doing some ocean/sea themed ATC’s. Unsure what an ATC is? Check out our page. The finished product will be similar to this:

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I did this on a 8.5 by 11 sheet of watercolor paper with the Dr. P.H. Martin’s Bombay Inks. Don’t you love the bright colors?

You will need: 3 blank ATC’s on watercolor paper, watercolor, PVA glue or a glue stick, scissors, small brush, water, collage paper (or tissue paper), markers

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I’m using the Dr. P.H. Martin’s Bombay Inks in Teal, Green, Violet, Blue, and Brown. You can use any cheap watercolor or india/bombay ink!

First let’s begin by wetting the ATC with water. Be generous!

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Dip your brush in watercolor then drip gently on the wet ATC (it should be a little drippy). The ink/watercolor will spread beautifully.

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Let it dry a little. Wet the ATC again and dip you brush again.

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Do the same for the other 2 ATC’s. Have fun creating patterns with the water and spreading the ink.

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This technique creates very cool watery flowy theme.

Let the cards dry to touch. Take your collage/tissue paper out. I’m using these Jane Davenport Collage Papers.

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Cut out little pieces of collage paper/tissue paper and glue it down in spots.

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After the glue is dry and not sticky, letter a saying or short phrase on the cards.

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I used a Tombow Fude (brush marker) to letter the phrase.

What do you think? Did you try it out? Send your photos to our gallery!

xoxo,

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Episode 32

Hi guys!

The name’s Buttercup ❤

This is my first go round with posting on here but I hope you’ll see me a whole lot more!

Technique: How to create hair using colored pencils.

~To achieve the same color as me, you’ll need:

  • A dark reddish brown
  • Medium brown
  • Dark brown
  • Darker brown
  • Black
  • White (for highlighting)

Any brand will work, as I’m working with Crayola and some other colored pencils I forgot the name of…

(Sorry in advance, my pictures are kinda… blue-ish?)

First you want to sketch the outline of the hair, as I’ve done here. It gives you a good idea of how full and what particular style you want, etc.

Next you want to start shading with your reddish brown. Careful not to color the full shaft of hair.

Then shade with the medium brown. Covering most but not all of the reddish brown.

Add the dark brown. Again, covering most of the medium brown but not all.

Yep, then add the darker brown. Like before covering most but not all of the previous color.

Lastly, use the black to add the shadows, like I’ve done here.

Now that you’ve colored the hair- where the white space is, if yours looks like mine, color lightly with the reddish brown making the spot a little samaller.

Once you’re done, color with the white on top.

Viola! You’ve just created superb hair!

Bravo, you deserve a pat on the back and GIVE THAT AWESOME PERSON A COOKIE!


…Did you have fun?

***Buttercup***

Episode 25

Guys, guys, guys, look! It’s the 25th Art Lab post! WOOP WOOP! And today I’m doing something a little different, to celebrate. Okay, not really to celebrate – it’s mostly because I wanted to, but we can say it’s to celebrate, right? 😛 Ahem. As I was saying before I so rudely interrupted myself, today I’m just going to post some pictures of some of my recent art rather than using someone else’s art as inspiration. I’m always inspired when I look through bloggers’ art posts, so I hope this post inspires you to sit down and start drawing! 😀

First up I have a few ATCs. (If you don’t know what Arist Trading Cards are, I highly recommend you click here to find out! They’re so much fun!) Some of these are recent and some are not so recent.

YAY doughnuts! Yummy. I really like this one. 🙂

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I did these watercolor cherries from a tutorial on Pinterest. They turned out great – if you don’t look at the cherries on the tutorial, that is. XD

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I love this quote/verse thingy, and have a canvas with these words on my bed.

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We learned about geraniums in Nature Study, so I decided to draw one on an ATC.

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I made this ATC ages ago, but I still love it. 🙂

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This is the first page (besides the title page) in my new sketchbook. Eh, could be better, but it least it’s welcoming. XD

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It’s a rainbow lion! It didn’t turn out quite like I had hoped, but I still like it.

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I liked drawing the lion’s eyes so much that I did another one on a separate page.

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Ahhhh, I love this one! I wish our roosters looked this pretty. 😛 I actually just finished this today with my new Prismacolor colored pencil set. It took me several days to draw this, but I’m very pleased with how it turned out! (And in case you’re wondering, I did look off of a photo.)

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This is another of my absolute favorites! On my birthday I decided I wanted to draw a fox. I had a picture in my mind, and what do you know – I got it down on paper and it actually looked good! XD I didn’t copy anything but I did look off of some photos and drawings for reference. She’s such a cute wittle thing, don’t you agree?

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I drew this for my horse-loving friends, and for those of you who requested a horse drawing. Here you go, girls!

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Here’s another ATC which I drew a long time ago. I think it’s so funny but neat. XD

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Another mandala ATC…

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I drew this for art class because my art teacher wanted me to experiment with an art medium I’d never used before. I was like, “Um… I can’t really think of any art supplies that I have at home but have never used.” XD Finally we came up with artist’s pastels! It was fun to experiment, but I don’t especially like how easily they smudge.

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My little sister thinks this picture is so weird. XD
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And this one too. 😛 Well they’re kind of SUPPOSED to be weird, so…

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I haven’t finished this one yet and probably won’t for a long time, but I wanted to show you guys how it looks so far. I had the idea to make a collage of barcodes, and I think it’s looking really neat! I’m only using the ones off of receipts, so it’s going to take a while to collect enough to cover the whole page. Heh heh.

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A random Sharpie doodle…

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I love how this one turned out. I’m kind of proud that I could get the highlights to look fairly realistic because I usually have trouble with them. 😛

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Just in case you were wondering, my little sister LOVES this one. XD

We were playing around with charcoal in Art Class, and this is what my practice page turned out like:

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Here’s my actual drawing made with charcoal:

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And last but not least, one of my very favorite favorites, a picture I drew of Bethany from a photo Loren’s gorgeous post. I just LOVE how it turned out! The background was inspired by a super good teenage artist named Sydney Nielsen that I follow on Instagram. She also has a YouTube channel here. You should check it out – she’s really amazing!

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Are you inspired yet? XD I hope so! Which was your favorite piece of art from this post?

Also, I wondered if you have any drawing requests for me! I’m not guaranteeing I’ll draw whatever you ask, but I’d sure love to hear your suggestions and I’ll definitely try some of them!

Thanks for reading, dears, and have a lovely day (or night). ♥

***Allison***