Reindeer Squad and Christmas Sweater Birds are Here!

On Dasher, on Prancer, on Dancer and Vixen!  On Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blixen!  Can't forget about the star, Rudolph too.  I had SO much fun sketching, drawing, painting and designing the little outfits for this Reindeer Squad.  They are now available as mugs, clocks, phone cases and more in my Society 6 store.  I'm working on another design with all of them together, the whole crew in full effect.  

My process started with figuring out how I wanted to draw reindeer in the first place so I played around with the heads and body proportions.  I wanted them to work together nicely visually so I picked a cohesive color scheme by color mixing primaries and focusing on red, blue, purple and green.  The clothes were especially fun because that is where their littler personalities come out.  I forgot there is only one lady reindeer, Vixen, and I had so much fun painting her dress with peter pan collar and striped stockings.  Of course I had to paint another girl reindeer (rainbow dress) who isn't part of the immediate squad but a friend all the same.  

The Christmas Sweater birds are listed in my shop now too.  They are rocking sweaters that say "Joy", "Noel", "Ho Ho Ho", "Peace" and "Hope".

This was fun and sparked new project ideas, which is the whole point of a creative challenge to me.  Had a blast.

Watercolor Project Update

Oh my goodness you guys.  I have been gone for a minute and I've missed you. I've been Periscoping pretty randomly and with the lack of daylight due to daylight savings, it's killing me.  I usually scope or film in natural light so since that's limited, I'm at a loss.  I have been re-focusing everywhere but this blog.  So, let's see.  I've been painting and when I finished the 100 day challenge I updated my Etsy shop with new watercolor prints from that challenge as well as adding new photos to show the prints themselves too.  I hope that helps with envisioning how they look in real life and they are super cute.  Could be a little biased though.  I joined Society 6 forever ago as well but I updated that too so now there are more cute characters on phone cases, totes, mugs, pillows and more.  I don't know when they made changes but it is so much easier to add products now.  Check them out and follow me there!  

I've been painting two side projects, The Reindeer Squad and Christmas Sweater Birds (birds in Christmas sweaters that say Joy, Peace, Noel, etc, eep!).  I've only shared little sneak peeks on my Instagram (@fluximagery) so far but I will be launching those designs very soon.  Join my newsletter so you don't miss a single update.  The prints and products available make great gifts!  After all, Christmas is right around the corner.  

Love this time of year!  

Conquer Creative Challenges

Creative challenges are so necessary.  Nothing lets you explore your artistic growth like committing to a challenge; be it 30 days, 52 weeks, 365 days, etc. When I participated in The 100 Day Project this year, I hadn’t come anywhere near completing a project like that before.  This year was different and one of the things that helped me was finding more ideas by incorporating them from other challenges.  There was a point where I didn’t know what to draw next and I thought I might have to stop participating.  I love learning sites, I’m a member of Skillshare and CreativeBug, so I just knew I wanted to paint a bird but had no idea what to actually draw/paint.  My solution was to look at a prompt from another challenge and mix the two prompts together.  An example would be my bird and a prompt of “birthday” from another challenge.  I added them together with a little story behind it (another goal of mine was to improve my storytelling) and I was on my way.  

I wanted to help other creatives with finishing creative projects they signed up for, personal or community based, so I created a video course showing the tips and tricks that helped me complete my own creative challenge.  It was an amazing experiment and I know my course, Conquer Creative Challenges, will help you out too.

The next community challenge I want to participate in is Inktober, creating art with ink every day in October and I cannot wait!  Happy creating!

Watercolor Painting Video - Owl Gets a Gift

Hi guys! How you be?  It is officially summer and I am LOVING it.  The 100 Day Project is going well, today marks day 67!  Creating consistently, no matter what, has been eye opening.  The weekends are definitely the hardest to finagle with two littles, swim classes and just stuff.  

I may do a post on how doing a daily challenge/project like this has made an impact with me overall.  Would you be interested in that?  I posted a new video showing how I painted Day 47, an owl getting a gift.  I have other watercolor painting posts here and here.  Let me know what else you would like to see on my channel, here on the blog or paintings/products.  Are you painting with watercolor and having any issues? Talk to me.

Oh and one more thing, my super talented and kind friend Christie is having her first art auction on Facebook this weekend starting Saturday June 25!  I can't wait to see all of her artwork sell out like I know it will, beautiful pieces in watercolor, oil or acrylic.  Just search "Christie Drahnak Art" on FB, like her page and you will see all the details.

Have a great weekend!

DIY Watercolor Palettes


I used to have a dream that I would paint at my painting desk with a huge portable palette everyday.  I would only paint in the best daylight, I would play music as loudly or softly as I liked and all would be wonderful in the world.
  
However, this is not the case yet with being a busy mama with pockets of creative time here and there so I need to be more mobile and my paints need to be more compact.  This was not easy to do.  I had to back away from my palette with nearly 30 paints and downsize to 16! Gasp.  

This turned out to be the best thing I'd ever done.  I chose colors that spoke to me and finally put paint in my Holbein metal palette.  I love it so much.  There is enough room to make my washes (I don't wipe my dirty wells down, just mix in the leftover paint) and it is super small at 3"x6".  I also followed the instructions on this pinned Altoid palette post and it's handy as well.  I only have 9 colors in this one but they are colors that I don't have in my Holbein.  I don't use it as much but it was fun to make and I love knowing I have more colors around if I want to use them.  

Check out the supplies I use and dream supplies I want to use as well.  This is my watercolor board on Pinterest.