Episode 63

Okay, I’m a bit annoyed at WordPress.  I had this all written out, and then the kind WordPress deleted it all for me. 🙂

Today I actually don’t have a prompt for today.  I was brainstorming what to do that was slightly Christmasy, but still something that will last well through January and February, and so I came up with some evergreens.  I wanted to give it a new twist, and so I chose my least used and detested art medium, water colors.

It seems that most artist really enjoy water-color, so I went with what the majority seems to enjoy.  What you’ll need for the art project is:

~water color paints~

~water color paper~

~pencil~

~brush~

~water~

~white acrylic paint~

So, to get started, grab your paper and pencil.

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Lightly sketch your main pine tree.  I decided to do a typical pine tree, even though I’ve never seen this type where I live.  In the South, our pine trees look like this.

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When I was little, I asked my mom why pine trees in the Christmas books didn’t look like real pine trees.  Apparently those kind of pine trees grow where it snows.

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I decided to do four different colors on my picture, with four different zones.  Zone one is the farthest from focus, and zone four is closest.  I did zone two as mere peaks, and then added slight detail for zone three.  Now, grab your paints.

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Honestly, I don’t understand how you would like water colors.  They stress me out. XD But, I chose the dark blue paint for the sky, and slathered it on there.  While it was still wet, I used my finger tips to add texture.  I think that’s my favorite part of the whole picture. 🙂

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For zone two, I chose blue-green, and put it on there.  Since the dark blue was still wet, they kinda combined, but I actually decided I liked that look.  Now it was less defined.

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For zone three I used the brightest green I had.  I love the pop of color, and I just slathered it on.

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On zone four, I took dark green, and added dark areas here, and lighter areas there, until I was happy with it.  Just play around until it agrees with your eye. 😀

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Now, I kinda forgot to take a picture in-between?  So, we’ll have to go with this.  The paint had started drying, and so I took the light green and used it to define zone three slightly.  Don’t go over board, because we don’t want the viewer’s eye to be drawn there.  Take the dark blue and add it to zone four, along with some dryer dark green.

Next, take some acrylic and mix it with water.  Put some white on the top of zone four, and then take the left over and splatter it all over the picture to make it look like snow.  Let the picture dry before you sign it, and you’re done.

Do you enjoy water-color?  Are you looking forward to the holidays?  What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?

~~Amie~~

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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 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 35

Hi guys!

Welcome back to the Art Lab! How’ve you been? I’m really excited to present today’s art toturial on eyebrows!

Technique: drawing (semi) perfect eyebrows.

You’ll need:

  • A pencil 
  • An eraser
  • And plenty of time

Let’s began, shall we?

    1. Sketch the outline of the eyebrow

    2. If your lines are kinda thick, erase them lightly. Then, start drawing the hairs closer to the bridge of the nose. Like this:

    Always remember, there are a few “stray” hairs. They are closest to the bridge of the nose, so don’t forget them.

    4. Once you’ve done that, continue adding hairs.

    As you go further away from the nose, eventually, the eyebrow width will get smaller. Therefore, make sure not to add to many hairs towards the end.

    5. Fill in a little more if needed.

    Viola! You’re done. Great job!! 

    Did you have fun?

    If you’d like, you can show us your work and add it to the gallery!

    **Buttercup**

    Episode 22 {Wuzzing Contest Results}

    About a month ago we started the Wuzzing Contest on Art Lab. We got seven great entries and 995 votes on the poll we posted! If you want to see all of the Wuzzings and their profiles, go to this post.

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