August 10, 2016

Seasons Change Mixed Media Artist Journal Page..

Hello friends.  If you haven't visited in a while, I'm hosting two classes with Jeanne Oliver.  One is an online class called Close To Home: A Watercolor Landscape Journey.  The other is a class at Jeanne's  beautiful home and studio in scenic Colorado, coming up in September.  It's called Field Guide: A Nature Inspired Sketchbook. We'll be learning more about sketching and watercolor and will be taking our supplies outside to sketch scenes from  Jeanne's beautiful land. Both classes are going to be jam packed with tips to jump start your art.  We'll learn about sketching, watercolors, setting up a palette, supplies, and taking it all outside.  You can learn more about each class by checking out the blog post links I've provided above.  I'd love to have you join me in this creative journey.  

In this post I'm sharing a project that will be similar to lesson in the Close To Home class.  You can get an idea of what the class has to offer, however all of the lessons in class will be in video format.  I can't wait for it to begin on August 22nd.  

Experimenting with mixed media and watercolor can give some fun results.  To get my creative juices flowing I like to sometimes get out my Dylusions journals and just have some fun.  In this journal, I've prepared each page ahead of time with a piece of vintage paper, some gesso, etc.  So every time I turn to a new page, I'm given a new challenge. 
I collect vintage postcards and have noticed they offer some of the prettiest landscape scenes.  So I've been incorporating them into my art lately.
I started by adding a simple pencil sketch to my journal.
I don't plan anything ahead, I just let the art flow onto the pages as I dig through my supplies. Here I added some borders and some squares in ink.
I switched my art page to reflect a summer scene instead of a winter scene as the postcard illustrates. So on my pages, I painted winter colors and summer colors.
Here's a shot of my well used watercolor palette. We'll talk about supplies in both of my classes.  The online class goes into more depth about supplies needed and how to set up a palette.
Next up I just start adding watercolor.  It's fun to experiment with watercolor to see how it goes down over other painted surfaces.  Here, it's applied over gesso and has a bit of resist to it.
I just kept adding paint, looking for a few values, splattering, adding white paint, etc.
I experimented with acrylic ink and a dip pen.
Here is my final result.  I love the thicknesses, the layers created by the vintage papers, the black ink and watercolors.
Just a fun experiment and as these pages add up in my journal, they're sure fun to look at.
Watercolors have captured my heart.  There's just so much to learn.
Getting back into my art has been so rewarding and satisfying.
I hope you'll get creative with me and join in on a class.  If you've wanted to start, my classes will be great starting points.  If you've abandoned your art because you didn't think you were good enough or life got in the way, my classes are just for you.  I want you to experience the joy of art and Jeanne's network of classes are just the ticket.  So much sharing and a great community of artists.  I hope you'll join me.

August 4, 2016

New classes, new shop items!

Hey there, I wanted to provide a few updates of some fun happenings. My class Close to Home: A Watercolor Landscape Journey starts this month, August 22nd.  You can register HERE.  The count down is on and there is a lot of excitement buzzing around for this class.  It's not too late to join in.  Details are on Jeanne Oliver's site HERE.  

Also, I'll be teaching another new class at Jeanne's studio in beautiful Colorado! If you love art, travel and the great outdoors, this class is for you.  You can find out more about the class Field Guide: A Nature Inspired Sketchbook and register at the end of that post. 

 We'll be nestled in for two days at Jeanne's beautiful home and studio in Colorado.  Fall is a beautiful time in Colorado so it will be two days of pure heaven.
 We'll learn the basics of drawing, learning from beautiful nature inspired still lifes.
 Nature will be our guide.
 We'll develop a wonderful color palette and learn about value and composition sketches.
 We'll touch on watercolor basics and learn about quick pencil sketching with watercolor washes added.
 You'll get to practice your drawing skills and learn how to capture the essence of a scene.
We'll touch on mixed media and how it can add so much to your watercolor sketches.
 It's all happening here in Jeanne's beautiful studio.  We can't wait to pamper you!  I hope you'll join us.
 If you're in need of watercolor palettes for either of my classes, I have some fun vintage travel palettes just added to my shop HERE.
 Unique and one of a kind.
If you're looking for an art adventure, I hope you say yes.  Yes to the journey.  Yes to yourself. You deserve it!

July 14, 2016

New art items in the shop...

Hey guys, I've just listed some new items to use with your art in my shop.  LINK IS HERE.  There are lots of fun little dishes that are perfect for mixing washes or for when you work with mixed media like Gesso.  Most items are in the shop, a few will be added soon.  

July 6, 2016

Time for a give away....

Edited: The winner of two free spots to my class is MoonGirlArt.  Thank you to everyone who participated!  I'll see you in class. 

It's time for a give away. I want you to take away so much good stuff from my upcoming class called Close To Home: A Watercolor Landscape Journey. I'd love for you and a friend to be able to take my class together. Whether you live next door or across the Earth, you can both enjoy the class through the magic of the Internet. You can enter on Instagram and earn an extra chance through a blog post. 

To qualify: For Instagram, post any promo photo from my Instagram account (MishWooderson)or here on the blog where I talk about my class on your Instagram account. Tag me and your friend (or list their name if they don't have an account). If blogging, provide a link to my blog post where I talk about my class and any photo where I promo my class, either here or on Instagram. Feel free to link to Jeanne Oliver's website also. I want to hear good stories about why you and your friend would love to take my class together. Just make sure you link me up to your entries. I'll select a winner in a week, July 13th. Look for the winners here on the blog and on my Instagram account.

Here's just a small preview of the type of projects we'll be working on.  Lots of sketching and experimenting and filling those sketchbooks.  Hope to see you in class.    

I also have a few fun art items added to my online shop. I love using vintage butter pat dishes to mix paint combinations and to hold mediums like gesso or acrylic paints.  This cute little floral set is stackable and perfect for adding a bit of charm to your studio. 
 I have just a few of these paint palettes left.  They are my favorite in studio palette for watercolors because they are big and have plenty of space for pigments and mixing washes.  
 As I purchase better and usually more expensive brushes, I'm finding that I want to take better care of them also.  My regular size brushes are housed in a folding, zipper case somewhat like the one below.  You can zip it up, throw it in your bag or work basket in your studio and know that your brushes are protected.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!

July 2, 2016

Close To Home: A Watercolor Landscape Journey......palette & color wheel

Hi guys! I'm back today to share more about my class over at the Jeanne Oliver Creative Network called Close To Home: A Watercolor Landscape Journey.  I've been sharing on Instagram and Facebook a few more sneak peeks and will share more here on the blog as well.  
 I will take you through the basics of setting up a watercolor travel palette, discussing which watercolors are best, what half pans are and will show you several types of watercolor palettes that I own and like to use.  At the registration page on Jeanne's site, I also have my supply list available which includes my current 24 colors of watercolor paints that are in my palettes. Just follow through the link above and click on my class within the blog post.  From there you may have to register on Jeanne's site, then will be able to access the class sign up.  You can see the supply list without signing up though.  That way you can tell what supplies you might need if you're interested in the class.  
I'll also be revisiting/introducing the color wheel theory and we'll create a beautiful color wheel that will be like a piece of artwork in your studio.  You can reference it time and again and I'll give you some tips on how to easily reproduce your color wheel to keep with you at all times.

There's been lots of excitement and many of you signing up for the early $28 registration price.  Thank you!  I hope you'll join me as there is LOTS to learn.  Whether you are an experienced painter or just a beginner, this will class will be perfect for you.  Can't draw?  That's okay because the landscapes that we'll be using as references are simple enough that just a few lines are all that are needed.  We will build upon the lessons we learn as we get through the 4+ hours of videos.  You can access the videos and watch them at your leisure, again and again.

I'll be back with more fun details of the class soon.  If you have Instagram I am MishWooderson and my Facebook page is HERE if you want to follow along with more frequent posts of mine.  Thanks as always for stopping by and I hope to see you in class!

June 22, 2016

Close To Home: A Watercolor Landscape Journey

Hi everyone.  I'm so excited to finally share that I'm back to teaching some classes.  This time it's in the form of watercolor painting!  Please join me and check out my class called Close To Home: A Watercolor Landscape Journey.  You can view all the details and sign up for class over at the Jeanne Oliver Network.  Link is here.  
 If you're new to Jeanne's site, she hosts wonderful classes given my herself and other talented artists. I've taken many and they are fabulous with a great amount of informative content.  It's my favorite place to learn something new about art.  Jeanne has such a way of sharing and I'm honored to be asked to join her creative network.
 We'll learn all about gathering up supplies for a travel art kit, refresh some art principles and review the color wheel.....and so much more......then put it all together to create simple and beautiful landscape watercolors in a journal.
If you've had that yearning to get back into your art....or to start new.....this class is for you.  We'll combine what we learn about painting with connecting our art to the beautiful surroundings right around us.  Come with me on a beautiful journey, you deserve it.

June 16, 2016

Good news!

Hi everyone! These days I am able to post more photos and short blurbs over at Instagram because I can do it from the ease of my iPhone...and sometimes sitting on my sofa or while riding in the car.  I know for many of you, you miss out because you don't have an Instagram account.  As of today I figured out how to link my Instagram account right to my Mish Mash Facebook page.  So now, everything I post on Instagram can be viewed on Facebook.  It might help some of you out since a lot of us still have a Facebook account.  All you have to do is click on this link and like my Mish Mash Facebook page.  Check for updates daily as I post quite often. Feel free to leave comments there too.

I hope this helps some of us stay better connected.  I will still be posting blog posts but not daily like I do on Instagram.  In case you haven't seen me in a I am, alive and well just loving life. Stay tuned for some exciting things to come. I can't wait to share.

June 6, 2016

Get well cards...

The last of the cards I made from the Don't Forget To Write kit from Papertrey Ink.  
 Always nice to have a few get well cards in my stash.  I used the patterned papers in the kit and adhered them to some card fronts.
 Simple stamped tags, wash tape and a few staples make an easy focal point.
 My basket is filling up again.
Thanks for stopping by!
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