Art Lab Episode 60: Regency

Hello, folks!  I’m glad to be back here today to show you a new tutorial.  I’ve recently been interested in the regency era, and I found this beautiful picture on Pinterest, and I thought, “Why not paint it?”

I decided to make it ever harder by using pastels.  Now, before I begin, let me warn you.  PASTELS ARE MESSY.  And when I mean messy, I mean your whole entire floor will be green from that lovely dark green you used…If you don’t take precautions.  I would advise using something with a tray underneath it as you use pastels, and do it outside, or with newspaper on the ground.  Also, wear clothes you don’t care about, or cover yourself in towels, like I did.

Now, on to the art project!

You’ll need…

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A pastel set (I have a set of 72 different colors my aunt gave me.)

Pastel paper

A pencil

Eraser

Fixative

(optional: tape)

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This was the prompt I chose.

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So, first off, I taped my pastel paper to my music stand, which will be serving as my easel.  I had the choice of grey, or a more skin tone, and I chose the skin tone, since it was easier to rip out.

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Now, the first rule I always try to follow (and usually forget) is when drawing, start with what’s closer, but when painting, start with the farther away things.  I’m really bad at freehand painting, and that’s why I always sketch before I paint.  Start with your person’s head.

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I gradually sketch more and more…and then erase more and more. XD Just work with one line at a time, or one shape at a time.  I ended up erasing the whole head, and moving it back a bit, and then I erased the arm, and the shoulder…And you get the point. Just play around with it.

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Now, I’ve added a bit of the detail.  I don’t want the girl to be too detailed, or else I’ll get distracted.  Just a rough outline.  Now, you’re ready for pastels!

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I decided to start with a light blue for the background, and then mix a light grey with it.

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This is what it should look like once you mix it all up.  I portioned the painting off because I wanted to. (Haha.) You can do whatever you like with the background of your painting.  I find the less detail, the better and easier, especially with pastel.

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For the top part of the background, I used mostly a dark red, blue, and a very dark grey.

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I have a lot of pictures of this in progress, but I’ll give you this one.  I used the darker color more in the corners, and left a gap in the mid-left side.  If you look at the prompt, you can see the light reflecting.  That’s why I left that spot there.

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Part of the reason pastels are so messy is that you use your fingers to smear, and smear, and smear some more.  Honestly, if you love mud, and dirty hands, this is the art project for you!  (I actually enjoy those things…Sooo…) Smear your colors together, and bring them as close to the lines you’ve made as possible.

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I used lots of different blues, and white for the light reflecting, and then I took more of the red.  Smear those together.

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These are the different yellows I used for the thin strip in the middle of the background.

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I took the darker yellow, and outlined the outside, and used the lighter yellow for the inside.  Another good thing about pastels are that they’re really forgiving…And they let you continue to work with different things.  I also added more white to the background, with a bit more red.

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I took some orange that I felt needed to be used to outline the outside a bit more, and then the brightest yellow for the inside.  Smear it together.

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I used a purple, and the same blue for the background to make the dress.  Just slather them on there, and smear ’em together.

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The dress in the prompt has a lot of lines, and folds.  I used a blush pink to draw them, and the white to highlight the ones up top.  (Don’t worry if you end up smearing them…I did.)

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I decided I needed more light and dark contrast, so I used a lot of white on the left side of the dress, and a lot of an eggplant color on the right.  Use as much white as possible, but be gentle with the dark colors.  Dark colors aren’t as forgiving as the light colors. 😉

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It took me a long time to get satisfied with the dress.  Just play with it for a long time, and step back every once in a while to get a new look at it.  Then, add the white for the gloves and sleeves.

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I used a yellowish creme color for my person’s skin…At least, to start the skin.

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Add the blush color you used on the dress, some white, and a brighter yellow where you think the shadows are.

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I decided I didn’t like how bright the background was, so I paused on the skin and slathered white all over the background, and smeared it all together.

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The background ended up like this.

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Take a bit of dark grey, and accentuate the shadows before taking a bright blue to outline the girl.  You don’t have to use blue…I’m just drawn to blue, since it’s my favorite color.  You could use a yellow, or a lighter color, or even a green.  It’s up to you.

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Then add whatever color you want for her hair.  I’m partial to redhead. 😉 I couldn’t get the mirror to suit me.  Even now…I reluctantly admit that the mirror isn’t what I wish it was.  But I needed to post this for Art Lab. XD

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I played with different colors, and played with the mirror.  Then, I left it like this for a while.

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After a while of letting it sit, I came back to it and added more red, and grey.  Sign your name…

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You have your finished project!  I will be the first to admit that this did NOT turn out like it should have, or like I wanted it to. *sigh* But…Let me know what you think.

Have you ever used pastel before?  What is your favorite historical era?  Do you enjoy messes?

~~Amie~~

Art Lab Episode 57

Hello, guys!  I recently became an author at The Art Lab.  If you haven’t heard of that blog, check it out and subscribe!  Now, on to the art!

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Okay, before we get started, I need to make a confession.  I’m a terrible artist.  I love art, and I love painting, sketching, or painting with pastels, but I’m not good at it.  So, bear with me, and hopefully we’ll learn together.

Today, I got my inspiration from this on Pinterest.

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So, these are the things you’ll need.

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— Yellow Oxide Acrylic paint

— Hooker’s Green Acrylic paint

— Cadmium Red medium hue acrylic

— Neutral grey acrylic

–Settler’s Blue acrylic

— Mars Black acrylic

— Titanium white acrylic.

(I purchase most my paint from Dick Blick.  All of the above are purchased from there with the exception of Settler’s Blue, which is Folkart, and the tube of gold, which I ended up not using.)

— A pencil

— A glass of water

— A mixing knife

— Palate

— a wide flat brush

— A small, pointed brush

— A medium flat brush

— A medium round brush

— Canvas paper.

All right!  Once you have all that, or stuff similar to that, you can get started!  I took one sheet of canvas paper and my pencil.

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I started by sketching my pumpkins.  My little sister told me to make them like this, and so, I did.  I find it easy to think of them as different sections as I draw, so that might help you.  Just remember to do the one farthest back first, and to draw lightly.

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So, next draw the little berries and cotton.  (I found this one of the most enjoyable parts of the whole art project. 😂)

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Continue drawing all over the page.  I decided to put a leaf at the very bottom.  I will admit, I now wish I didn’t…But I guess it’s too late now, isn’t it?  I stuck with little leaves, berries, and cotton, but this is where you can make the picture your very own.  What if you did Indian corn?  Or gum balls?  Or lavender sprigs?

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Now, you can take your Hooker’s Green, and start filling in the leaves with your smallest brush.  Make sure you put a liberal amount in each leaf so that you can mix in some other colors later on.

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Now, take the brown, and make a stem, but make sure it’s not a continued line.  Also, mix some of the brown with half of the green on the leaves, making the colors blend slightly.

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Now, do that to all of the leaves you’ve drawn.

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Lastly, mix some yellow in those leaves, making the yellow more distinct than the brown.

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Now, move on to the berries.  With the same brush, grab a generous amount of red, and fill in those little circles.

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Now, grab some more yellow, and put a little line on the undersides of the berries.  Don’t mix it in very much.

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Now, I think I forgot to take a picture of the next thing. 😐  But, I will tell you!  Make the stems of the berries the same way as you did the leaves.  Then, mix a good amount of the red with the yellow to make a very strange orange.  DO NOT do the leaf first.  That was my mistake.  (Hehe.)

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Next, add some white in a few places, a dab of black in the middle, and lots and lots of brown.  Once you’re happy with the results, add more paint and give the pumpkin a textured look.

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Now, work a bit on the stem.  Make a big blob of brown, and mix white with it at the top. Then, traced a bit of black around it, and voila!  The orange pumpkin is done.

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Now, ignore what I did with the leaf, and pay attention to the small pumpkin.  Grab a bunch of settler’s blue, and slather it on there.

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Now, grab some white, and accentuate what you want to accentuate. I had fun doing that.  And then grab some brown to make the ridges.

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Now, mess around with the yellow, brown, white, and grey coloring for a LONG time. XD At least, it took me a long time to get it where I was sorta happy with it.

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Now, grab the white and make it nice a FLUFFY.  And grab the grey, and give it a swirl, but only on one half of the cotton.

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Now, for the stem make the little three point flower of brown, and mix in some white.

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And then add little white dots, and the cotton is done!

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Now, just grab some of the yellow, and paint the leave before doing brown for the stem.  Don’t do too much, because the eye isn’t supposed to be attracted to the leaf.

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Now, sign you’re name, and you are done!

Do you enjoy art?  What is your favorite “fallish” thing?  Have you ever seen a field of cotton?

~~Amie~~

Peak at my Desk

I’m taking you to a very personal place where I spend a lot of my time.  I usually blog here, I draw here, I write here, and I live here.  This place is one of the few places I decorate (why decorate???) and so, I thought I’d show it to you.

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Here is a quick overview of my desk.  I have my cup of green tea, my note paper, and my drawings and important stuff.  I made the decoration over the window, and it’s rather simple.  I had a lot of scraps from making doll clothes, so what do you do?  Just rip them up, and tie them on some string.  Then get some photos developed, and use clips to put them up there.  I have a lot of pictures of my pen-pals and stuff, too.

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Here’s a side view of the decoration.  I love the bright colors I chose, and, of course, I love the memories that are shown by the pictures.  (I just love pictures.)

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All right, here we have a sign Olivia made me for my birthday, and a sign Laura made me just because.  The pictures are of my darling bunny, Snowball, and Megan’s rabbit, Basil.  The five leaf clover was sent to me by Jordan, and the little sprig of wildflowers was from Megan.  (I love this part of my desk. <3)

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The Amie was made by K, and the verse was written by Megan.  The picture is of me on my friend’s horse, Cody.  (This pictures drives me insane, because I have my heels up.  GRRR!)

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The sign was made by Laura, and the little hat ornament was given to me by my aunt.  It was hand-made in Guatemala, or one of those small countries stuck in the middle of Central America.  The picture was one I took last summer of two zinnias.

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My sweet pen-pals don’t forget me on Valentines day, and this is the leftover heart from how I decorated.  It was given to me by K.  ❤

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I have a lot of my artwork around my desk, so here’s a quick sketch of an eye I did with pastel pencils.  I’m in love with pastel/pastel pencils at the moment, so comment down below if you want another post with the art I’ve been doing lately.

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Over on the right side I have my video camera, fondly called Pee-wee, and my instrument tuner, a box for memory cards, and my tape dispenser.  Everyone needs tape, right??  And, you can barely see my thumb pick if you look hard enough.

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My pen-pals are so sweet!  I love all their sweet messages.  If you’re my pen-pal reading this, thank you so much for bringing some sunshine into my life!  If you don’t have a pen-pal, you have no idea how much joy it brings to open your mailbox to see a sweetly handwritten (or computer typed) letter.  I would highly recommend finding someone to be your pen-pal.  😉

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In the middle of my desk I have my cup of tea.  Usually I drink black tea, but this morning I was really wanting green tea, so I made myself some green tea.  And, now for the background…

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I’ve been working on this painting, and so far I’m not half satisfied, so I’m not done, but I wanted to ask everyone what color they think the girl’s shirt should be.  (Yikes, the grass, the one tree, and the girl need so much work.  LOL!) But, I need a color, and I’m not sure what color it should be.  And should she have long or short sleeves?  Probably short because there are leaves on the trees.

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This might be my favorite corner of my desk.  We have my letters I need to respond to, my pens and pencils, my junk, my candle, my much-needed chapstick, my Washi tape, my horse and unicorn, and the picture of me that Laura drew.

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I really like my candle.  I mean, look at the holder.  Again, thanks so much, Grace, for sending it to me!  I’ve used like, four candles up, and I just keep putting new ones in the holder.

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And here is another piece of artwork that I’m trying to figure out what to do with.  I just randomly started doodling, and this is the dreamy girl who kinda came out of that doodle.  You should see some of the people I doodle with.  The most fun is to take a highlighter, or some other kind of pen, and try to make them look real.  My siblings are often like, “Who’s that dude?”  Me: “Doesn’t he look just like Joe?”

“Joe who?

“This dude, Joe.”  XD

And that, folks, is what my desk looks like.  Not too clean, and yet, not too dirty.

What does your desk look like?  Should I do a post about my art?  What color should the girl’s shirt be?  Do you enjoy doodling?

~~Amie~~

Fall Decor and DIY

Hey guys!  Today I’m here to bring a bit of fall into your life.  This has been an ongoing project to decorate my desk for fall.  Actually, it was a challenge from my little sister and I’m pretty bad a turning down challenges.

Okay, here is an overall look of my humble desk.  Last week, I’m afraid to say it was piled high with papers.  That’s where the challenge came from.

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All right, we are starting on the left side of the desk.  I have made a sign to remind me who the Lord of harvest really is.  It’s taken from the hymn, “Come Ye Thankful People, Come,” which is one of my family’s favorites.IMG_9749.JPG

I also have one of my favorite decorations, my most adorable little teapot.  It’s simple cream color and I’ve placed decretive flowers in it.  Next to it I have a crocheted pumpkin (I got tired of real pumpkins rotting on me!) and Sneaky, my little fox friend.  Sneaky is made out of felt.  Isn’t he a cutie?

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Sneaky, my little fox friend!
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A crocheted pumpkin.  They don’t rot on you!

On the right side of my desk, I have three Ball mason jars, which I painted metallic gold and burgundy.  Next to them I have Nutkins, my squirrel friend and two more crocheted pumpkins.

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My little buddy, Nutkin.

Now, for the DIY.

After I made the pumpkins, I wondered what else I could make out of yarn and a needle. After considering other fall stuff, I accidentally stepped on an acorn.  What is better to go with a squirrel than an acorn??  Nothing!

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What could be better?

I’m really bad at giving instructions, so I’m hoping you’ve crocheted before if you’re going off this DIY.

First, crochet three.  Than make a ring.  After that, go around once doing a double stitch.  Now, go around twice, alternating doing two and just one double stitch in each hole thing.  After you’ve accomplished that, change yarn.  Go around twice doing two double stitches in each hole.  Then, alternate skipping a hole and doing the normal thingy.  Oh, make sure you’re still doing a double stitch.  Once you have no more holes, you’re done!

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Your acorn should look like this.

I hope that made sense.  It makes sense to me, since I made it.  If you try it out, make sure to comment down below!

Okay, now I’m doing a fun extra.  Allison said in her last art lab

“Draw a picture of what nothing would look like if it was something. I… don’t even know if this is possible.”–Allison

I took that as a challenge, and I think I have successfully drawn a picture of Nothing.  I tend to think in words, so when you see this picture, try to imagine words.

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Now, let me explain.  Nothing is actually something.  So, if you are into puzzles, look back at the letters inside nothing.

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Ah?  Did you find something interesting?  I thought you would.  Now, comment down below if you figured out the puzzle.  I want to see how many people get it.

And now I’m going to announce….A Q&A a week from Saturday!  You can comment down below with your questions and I hope I’ll be able to answer them all.  I’m actually excited about this, so y’all better comment!

Now, I’m off to figure out another puzzle and to read another book.

~~Amie~~