How to Use 3 Washes in One Illustration

The way you paint with different watercolor washes in your work is how you get your signature style.  My top washes are wet into wet, gradient and flat washes.  I talk about them in greater detail over at ZEM Brush.  Go check it out, it is my third article over there and I'm loving explaining my behind the scenes as well as showing how I paint.

Don't forget that you get 10% off with the code ERIKA10.

If you have any other questions, let me know!

Why I Love the Underrated Cat's Tongue Brush

If you are not using a Cat's Tongue brush, you definitely should.  It is like the Swiss army knife of watercolor brushes!  I absolutely love this style of brush and I talk about it in detail over at www.zembrush.com.  

I painted this entire mermaid painting with just a Cat's Tongue brush, the no. 4 2400 Golden Taklon Cat's Tongue Brush is my current love.  That triangular shape is everything!  Click here to read my article over at ZEM Brush.

I list all of my favorites over here, as well as what is in my watercolor kit.

Also, don't forget to use code ERIKA10 to get 10% off your purchase at ZEM Brush!

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Behind the Scenes - Brave Boho Bird

I recently painted this beautiful boho bird with my new Cat's Tongue brush by ZEM Brush.  If you want to see how I painted it, step by step, I am sharing my process over at www.zembrush.com.  I highly recommend their brushes, especially these:  

Use code ERIKA10 to get 10% your order!  This Brave Boho Bird is also available in my shop.

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Giveaway with Megan from Megan's Mark!

It's GIVEAWAY time guys! I'm so excited to announce I am partnering up with my super talented friend Megan from Megan's Mark leather goods for a giveaway!  

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The winner will score this beautiful refillable leather trifold art book. It has plenty of compartments to hold your favorite art supplies and includes one mixed media journal suitable for watercolor. But that’s not all! The winner will also receive a 90 minute online/virtual watercolor session with me. Whether you’re familiar with watercolor or a complete newbie, I will meet you where you’re at. I can't wait!

The value of these goodies is over $300 and they could be yours! 

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Enter to win by (1) following both @fluximagery and @megansmark on Instagram (2) Tagging a friend (or two!) who loves to create (3) Telling us at least one thing that inspires you.

The entry period ends Thursday, July 13 at 11:59 pm EST and the winner will be announced on Instagram Friday, July 14. 

Paintbrushes not included. The watercolor class must be scheduled by Friday, July 21 and redeemed by August 31, 2017 or that portion of the prize will be forfeited. Good luck, friends!!

This giveaway is not sponsored by Instagram. By entering, you confirm that you’re at least 18 years of age, release Instagram of any liability and agree to Instagram’s terms of use.

This giveaway is international as well!  Just keep in mind that if the winner is outside of the US, the class dates/times still apply and if the art book takes a long time to arrive, the winner is responsible for getting watercolor paper for the session in the meantime.

Strawberry fabric Pattern - Behind the Scenes and reveal

A new fabric pattern is born!  Here is a behind the scenes of turning the watercolor into a digital file and the second video is the big reveal.  Right now you can get this as a phone wallpaper, see the link up above!  I have more patterns over at Spoonflower.  Love them.

What do you think? Do you like the scale of the design?  Don't forget to follow me on Facebook so you never miss a thing!

Watercolor 101: Virtual Summer Camp 2017

You guys, you guys, you guys! I am so excited to tell you that I am offering an online class this summer.  This class is for your little ones, five years old and up. I am going to be painting with your kiddos real-time, teaching them watercolor 101. This is going to be a three day camp from the comfort of your home.

I'll give you a list of all the supplies you need, which isn't a whole bunch, and you're going to get some much deserved me time in the meantime.  Share this out on your social sites!

No drop offs and no pickups, it's going to be amazing!  You can sign up for the notification list right here so that you'll be the first to know when classes open.   Spaces are limited so definitely stay tuned. This virtual summer camp will teach your child how to paint with watercolor, learn color theory with color mixing and how to add texture with salt.  If there's anything you absolutely want me to cover, let me know now and I'll be sure to consider adding it to the class.

I hope to see you on the list and can't wait to share more details!

Talk to you soon,

E

P.S. I also have a course all about color mixing which is super helpful as well.  The options are limitless when it comes to color combos with watercolor!

 

Original Watercolor Art Auction - The Unicorn on Aqua Board

I have two things I want to push past; painting bigger and offering original art.  So I'm having an art auction this week to help reach one of my goals!  Baby steps right?  

This is a sneak peek of a 4"x4" aqua board painting.  This is a one of a kind original hand painted piece of art, there will never be any prints made because of the surface it was painted on.  This surface is like a ceramic tile in weight and texture, there is no need to frame it.  I think it looks best either leaned against a surface like books on a desk as well as laid flat.  It is unsealed, painted with watercolor and the fine details were made with my trusty .03 mechanical pencil. It's fragile, so I would advise limited touching on the surface.  

Unicorns are magical and this one is no exception.  I will hold the auction on Instagram (@fluximagery) since that is where my party is the biggest.   Doors open on Wednesday, April 19 at 2 p.m. MT. and close on Friday, April 21 at 2 p.m. MT.

Details for entering:

  • Follow me, @fluximagery, on Instagram
  • Like the Instagram post (full picture of unicorn art) (public profiles only please)
  • Tag a friend
  • Like my Facebook Page - Fluximagery by Erika Barriga (get ahead of the game and Like it now)
  • Bid in $5 increments (minimum) and when you bid, tag the person who bid last
  • When the auction closes I will verify the winner and Direct Message the winner to let them know they won
  • Once payment is completed via a Paypal custom listing, the winner will be publicly announced on Instagram.  
  • If there is any issue with payment for any reason, the person who bid second to last will be the winner.
  • This auction is for US only (apologies out of country friends)
  • Shipping and taxes totalling $7 will be added to the final bid amount
  • *Insurance and expedited shipping are optional and if chosen, winner will pay for these options.

Let me know if you have any questions and please share this news with a friend!  I so appreciate your support, this is going to be fun! :) Good luck!

How to Deal with a Creative Slump

I've been feeling a little down in the dumps.  Inspiration and creativity come and go, comes with the territory a bit.  I found an artist that completely inspired me but at the same time made me doubt what I was doing.  That's all my little protective positivity dam needed to spring a little leak and then a rushing river of negative thoughts came pouring through.  

I needed to make it stop and quickly so I thought about what I would do if this happened and I was still in college.  I would walk up to my professor and I'm pretty sure he or she would say, "What do you like the most about this other artist's work? Break it down and get back to basics."  So that's exactly what I did.  I took screen captures of this artist's work, put them all into a Word doc, printed it out in black and white.  

The thing that I felt the biggest slump about was composition and adding more elements to my pieces.  So I went back to basics, The Rule of Thirds, and I drew little grids over the artwork.  This was so helpful in showing me what I wasn't able to see on my own just by looking.  Bigger element here, smaller complimentary elements here and they are placed here because of where they fall in the grid.  The basics.  Once I worked on that for a bit, I started sketching again and ideas started to flow.  Not immediately but the point is that they did.

Always remember to push yourself, there is always something new to learn.  Even if it is the basics and you have "been there, done that", do it again.  And be kind to yourself.  I think artists have the worst negative self talk, we are brutal sometimes.

What do you do when you get into a negative funk spiral?  

Angel Bird - Watercolor Process Timelapse Talkthrough Video

I love birds.  They are so cute, cuddly and innocent already and then when they are decked out in super cute outfits, I'm in heaven.  I posted a pic of this guy with my Evan Healy cleanser on Instagram, tagged Evan Healy and they reposted it.  That was one of my highlights last week!  

This is my latest watercolor process timelapse talkthrough video of my angel bird from that post.  I share info about how I layer, my thoughts on colors straight from the pan and I really would like to know what you are interested in hearing about next. I go into more depth about colors and color mixing in my Carefree Color Mixing Video Course.

Definitely comment below and let me know if you love talk through videos, art supplies videos, talks about art technique, talks about how to stay inspired, etc?  I can't wait to hear from you!

Have a great day!