I wanted to tell you about a class I took this past month that was so much fun. It's an online art class taught by Christy Tomlinson over at The Scarlett Lime.
It's a mixed media course, which means you learn how to mix different supplies all onto one canvas: paper, inks, fabric, stamps, paint, chalks... basically anything you can get to stick to the canvas! Christy specializes in what she calls "She Art", renditions of pretty girls, usually with an inspirational message of some sort, just like the girl above.
I really enjoyed this class! I've always loved the "layered look" but was usually too scared to attempt it. I'm something of a perfectionist and I was always worried about "ruining" my art pieces. My fears were totally erased in this class. I not only learned the techniques I had always wanted to learn, I learned to let the art develop all on it's own. Sometimes it came out exactly like I had envisioned, like this one:
But sometimes the piece would have a mind all it's own, like this one:
When I started this canvas, I had planned to have a really light blue canvas, lots of white and yellow and an overall bright look. I wanted her hair to be longer and wispy. As you can see, it didn't exactly turn out that way. But I think it turned out great despite my best efforts to make it something else. The phrase, in case you can't see it, says "she had dreams... beautiful dreams."
If you are a weekend artist or looking to learn more about mixed media I would highly recommend this class. It's only 3 weeks and includes very detailed video instruction, templates, shopping lists and lots more. There is a new session beginning April 11th and the cost is just $44.95.
And for those of you who don't want to make your own she-art.... I'm giving away this canvas:
I only have so much wall space and I've still got 3 more canvases to finish in the course, so this pretty little girl is going to live with one lucky reader. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment on this post, anything you like! Entries will be received until Midnight, Sunday, April 3rd. I will announce the lucky winner on Monday, April 4th!