Watercolor Experiment Video

I hope your 2015 ended with a bang and your 2016 is looking like a promising and fun filled year.  I've been working on getting looser and out of my head (so many critical thoughts while painting), so I have been painting these watercolor swatches and drawing over top with a thin micron pen (.03).  It has also helped me work on things I want to, like drawing hair.  Pretty fun and I encourage you to do the same!  I have about 10 other drawings like these on my Instagram account which is @fluximagery.  I even snap on SnapChat from time to time at @fluximagery.

Hmm, what else......I also updated my Society 6 shop with one little print of a pony that you can check out here:  http://bit.ly/ponypack.  If you know of someone you think who would be interested in my art, I'd love it if you shared or tagged them on my Instagram.

I think that is it for now, checking in and I am making strides to check in more often!  This is my sandbox that is begging for me to play in it and I want to share more.  Thanks for coming along for the ride.

Bye bye for now!

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Deconstructed Mason Jar Salad Video.

Meal preppin' is working out smashingly!  This week we have had home-cooking every day and for two of these days Raul and I ate mason jar salads for lunch.  This time the salads consisted of Italian dressing, shredded carrots, thinly sliced and chopped cucumbers, sunflower seeds and spinach.  Good.  Stuff.  So of course I had to paint another jar salad painting.  This one is very yummy with strawberry, dried cranberries, poppy seed salad dressing, romaine and spinach.

Delish, let's see how long we can keep this going.

Let me know if you try any of these "recipes", would love that.

Deconstructed Mason Jar Salad.

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I've been trying my hand at "meal preppin' for the week" and it's been a bit of a challenge.  This week I tried one of my many pinned "Salad In a Jar" recipes on Pinterest (@fluximagery/Recipes I Love).  I thought my smallish jar might be too small but it worked perfectly.  I filled it halfway with a fuji apple Panera salad dressing, bits of left over grilled chicken from my Quesadilla Explosion Chili's salad, sunflower seeds, hand-grated carrots and sliced up romaine.  There was no wilting and this type of salad does look best in the jar.

When you pour it onto your plate, not as appetizing but the main goal is health/ease.  Just thought you should know ;)

Have you ever tried this?  I think it's going to be my new thing.

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May MATS Bootcamp - Marine Mashup

The MATS (Make Art That Sells) assignment for this month was a marine mashup of marine life and pattern for a plate design. I focused on the following crustaceans: shrimp, crab and lobster. I researched online, looked in my marine life book, doodled and sketched them first. Part of the instructions in the mini was to illustrate the crustaceans in a dark color and then work on vibrant patterns as well. Even though it is the biggest sin ever to use black watercolor (ivory), I used it for this because I was using it by itself and not mixing with other colors to get a dark shade. I discovered I love working with it and it was fun to work with pure values, black and white.

So once I got that done I worked on my patterns. I used my compass to draw circles and then I painted the backgrounds using cool toned sea-glass colors. Lastly I painted the hand lettering as well. I scanned in all of my elements at 600 dpi and once I got the compositions the way I wanted them, I merged them together in Photoshop. I completed the finishing touches as a mock-up design using this tutorial. I love my final result and if any of my favorite stores like Anthropologie or Crate and Barrel are interested, it would be a dream come true to stock these in your shops. Just sayin'.

Hope you're having a great day!

What I've Been Working On - No. 4

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The Make Art that Sells (MATS) class has had a break for March which was a perfect excuse to take another class even though I'm on maternity leave. (I'm crazy if you didn't already know.) But seriously, the class is called CreativeGIRL: Storybooks and Studious Girls by Danielle Donaldson. It has been perfect and I knew what I could handle so this worked out great. The class doesn't have a deadline, it has a work at your own pace schedule and you have lifetime access to the content (for as long as the site is up and running).

My friend Christie told me about the class so we are taking it together. Her art has grown so much so definitely follow me (@fluximagery) and her (@christiedrahnak) on Instagram.

Getting back into action with watercolor and I love the way Danielle teaches. So many techniques and lessons finally clicked for me. Love it.

What I'm Working on - No. 3

edwardian brooch mats assignment So I made the biggest rookie mistake in the book with my Make Art That Sells class and didn't verify the due date/time. I thought for sure the deadline was 5 p.m. EST, 3 p.m. MTN. So I went to upload my image to the January Assignment gallery and low and behold, it closed at 3 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. MTN. What time was it? 1:04 p.m. MTN. Womp.

Lesson is definitely learned. Here is my finished journal cover based on Edwardian brooches. This was not easy because I have been away from Illustrator for awhile and all of the facets, I had no idea how I was going to accomplish it. Using Divide in the Pathfinder was helpful as well as using Object, Path, Divide Objects Below (wonderful tutorial here).

I learned a ton about how I like to work: step by step and compartmentalize the process. Then let it go. IE. Finish sketch phase, finish design phase, finish color phase, etc. Going back and tinkering is crazy-making.

Also, the end goal is to be done, not perfect. I want my best work but if you never finish anything, you don't accomplish anything. In my humble opinion.

Now it is time to relax and play with my little one.

What I'm Working On - No. 2

The Make Art That Sells class has started and I'm loving it. It's uncomfortable too, which is a good sign. The first assignment gives you a "mini" so we were told our topic was Edwardian Brooches. We needed to design our own and draw like crazy. Then after the week is up we get the next steps on what our main assignment is. So now we know that our assignment is to make a journal cover, very cool!

I'm in the second week so all the sketches are pretty much done and I've started working on the digital side with my stylus, iPad and Inkpad app. Once I'm finished with this stage I'll sit at my desk computer and work in Illustrator.

What I'm Working On - No. 1

December is almost over, but I refuse to believe it. I signed up for a class that starts in January called, "Make Art that Sells: Assignment Bootcamp". It is one of Lilla Rogers' classes and I have been curious about her for awhile now. She is a well-known and successful art director and she represents Lisa Congdon, an artist whose work I love by the way. Another one of my friends who primarily uses Adobe Illustrator, Jannie Ho, has taken one of her courses as well. I've heard nothing but good things so I'm excited!

I needed something that had a flexible timeline, promoted community and gave me a swift kick in the behind so my art translates into tangible real-world items. Just more pieces of the puzzle to figure out and I can't wait to start.

Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to in 2015?

A Self-Prescribed Time Out.

take a time out I've been enjoying my vacation so much. Downtime with my munchkin and husband, it's been great to just have an all around time out and get recharged. Plus I LOVE not having to get up and go all the time when I am 30 weeks along. I waddle with the best of them and I'm just more tired this time around. Could be in part due to the munchkin, the cold weather with barely any sunlight (really don't like) or just me. The shop is closed until January, I've been painting a bit and I also just finished reading this book, Urban Watercolor Sketching: A Guide to Drawing, Painting, and Storytelling in Color. This book had some good watercolor advice, application techniques and just good information if you are starting out with watercolor or have been working with it for awhile.

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and the New Year is kind to you!