Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Exciting News!!

I am so excited to announce that I will be part of the 2012-2013 Prima Education Team!!! I love teaching and Prima is an amazing company to work with, also I am joining some talented ladies.

A little bit about my style of teaching; wether it's a scrapbook page or canvas I will usually teach in a mixed media style. I love combining my fine art skills into my classes. I love seeing how some look at the class with a little hesitancy but come out amazed at what they accomplished. That's part of art no matter what media, you should always strive to better your abilities. I enjoy sharing new and advanced techniques with beginners who thought were impossible. You can learn anything if it's explained the right way.

If you would like me to come and teach a class in your area please email me and I would love to set up a workshop.

Also I wanted to share my latest canvas with some, in the process photos. Art isn't always pretty lol.

She starts as a sketch. Keep in mind this sketch will probably change before she's done.
(About ten thousand times lol)

After I have her where I want her on the canvas I start to add the background around her. With some of my mixed media pieces I prefer not having texture behind the girls. So I build around them. I am doing a transfer technique to create the background.

Next is to paint her. I use Golden Artist Acrylics and water color pencils to create her features. 

Next is to add and build her details. Like her hair, her shading. Then once she is painted I go back in and fill in the rest of my background. 

To finish the background I added PanPastels over the top of the background paper. This blends in the papers but still allows their patterns to show through. I add a shadow around her which created contrast and helps her pop of the canvas. 

I add little dimensional accents to her like Prima Ruby Violet flowers and Prima Donna Downey Sculpted flowers, those are a slight obsession right now. 

To finish her off I added Poppies around her with Faber-Castell Gelatos and PITT pens. I used a clear Prima stamp to add a grunge texture and Acrylic paints to add the dripped edges. 

I have a few more projects up my sleeve this week that I can't wait to share. Also keep a look out for a couple canvas classes I have coming up in Poway,CA!! ;)

Jamie D