When I paint, I paint from the heart. I capture my dreams, my hopes, my reality and my daydreaming into my art.
If you've ever struggled to find what you like and wondered how to create meaningful art that becomes personal and full of passion, this workshop will be perfect for you.
More than just a painting class, I will show you the mixed media techniques I use on my paintings to journey through my process for creating mixed media art as an outlet for my dreams, my worries and my imagination to create art with a personal and distinctive style that you will love to call your own.
This course consists on 5 sections of inspiration
Welcome to this workshop!
I hope everybody is as excited as I am to begin. This course is all about finding what you like, who you are and expressing that in your art.
I remember when I was at school, the first day was all about the future. What we will cover, when the tests will be given, what materials to bring. Since you already have your materials, let's begin with the weekly activities.
Week 1: Color and Inspiration
Week 2: Backgrounds
Week 3: Art Journaling
Week 4: From sketchbook to canvas
Week 5: Putting it all together.
You can see in the left side the different weeks. Each week was break into different activities. You can see all the activities since the beginning of the week, but I recommend you to read the first one, make the activities suggested and then move to the next one.
I included interviews with some of my favorite artists in each week. They will talk about their creative process and how did they find their voice.
If you have questions, please ask them below their correspondent activity. That way it will be easier for all of use to follow up. The same with images, do you want to share pictures of your work in progress, inspiration or finished pieces? You can upload them either in each activity or go to our Facebook page and do it.
Some activities will have downloadable PDF's that will show at the end of each page.
Are you ready?
I wanted to show you my studio in it's natural state, I decided not to tidy up and prettify too much so you can see what a day in Danitaland is like. Since I work at home and it's not really open to the public (Unless you drop by for a cup of coffee, and you're more than welcome to do so), my studio is not glamorous but it's very practical, full of eclectic details from little things I love that I have been collecting over the years.
I am self taught and a book hoarder, I love buying and reading art and inspirational books and they take a considerable amount of space in my studio, always ready at a moment's notice when I need to read something, or get inspired by looking at illustrated children's books.
On this video I will show you a little bit of what goes on when I make entries on my color journal, so you get a glimpse of what goes into it and how to use it later.
I love adding a vintage wash to my paintings as a final touch. I think it helps the painting get a more "put together" look and I love to see how colors transform under it. That last step is optional, you can decide to leave your painting as is for a more modern look, or you can add it.
You can use either burnt umber acrylic, oil or walnut ink for that process and we're going to practice in our color journal for future reference.
I'm in love with papers. Any kind of paper! They offer such possibilities for art! I collect lots and lots of them and on this video I will show you what I look for in vintage and new papers so you can incorporate them in your work.
Stamping is so fun! I bet you have done stamping in your life at least once, even in kindergarten with potatoes and sponges. In this video I'll show you how to incorporate stamping into your backgrounds and how to make your own stamps.
Stencils are my latest obsessions. I love the way you can incorporate them into your art. In this video I'll show you how.
Before we work in our journals, we have to prepare our paper. In this video I'll show you how.
A few tips:
Here are more background techniques that you may want to incorporate either in your art pieces or your journaling:
Some more tips:
In the following pictures I'm sharing pages from my personal Art Journals. As you can see, Art Journaling is a very personal thing and not necessarily pretty. There are pages that express sadness, others joy, others important events, others are just simple reminders and others are just because I felt like doing them.
Want to take a look?
Welcome to Week 4!
This week we will start working in our sketchbooks. Some people like to do sketches and other people enjoy more to work directly on canvas. I like to do both but I tend to work more often with previous sketchbooks and I find them very useful for the times when I'm in need of ideas or I don't feel very creative. We will also learn how to draw faces and incorporating them into your paintings.
Take out your pencil and a sketchbook (or grab a napkin if it's all you have available) and let's start!
There are so many ways to draw faces, you can change the shapes of the heads, make the eyes bigger, smaller, up in the face, lower, smiling, angry, with eyebrows, without them. Just by changing those details you can achieve a different look each time. Try practicing until you find what you're comfortable with. I'm more drawn to cute faces with big heads and eyes and attached is a PDF document with the instructions for drawing a face for you to download and practice.
My traces are very loose and natural when I work on my sketchbook, and I cannot get that free flowing feeling when I draw or sketch on the canvas, so I enlarge a copy of my sketch, and then carefully trace over it with carbon paper.
If you don't have carbon paper you can still transfer your drawing by covering the back with pencil (just color the back of the page with your pencil), and then transfer it.
Another way to work with your sketches is to scan or copy them, and then cutting them out to get figure templates. Very useful if you are going to do collage pieces with that later.
This one is not for the faint of heart, but it sure is fun! You just grab a pencil and start drawing!
This video will show you how I prepare for a painting, let's see how fast I can have one from scratch using the materials we have covered so far.
As a bonus, you'll see that I have a crazy way to work... I draw a rough sketch on the panel, then I cover it all with paper and paint, but I remember how everything was before I covered it so I sketch the good sketch over everything... I'm weird. Better do as Danita says and not as Danita does.
With the background I prepared on the previous video, I will show you how I work transferring the sketch I have in my mind into pieces of paper to collage and paste on a real painting. It's another way to do it and I'm not drawing it directly on canvas first because with those color I couldn't see a thing, second because I wanted the parts to cut the scrapbooking paper.
After watching this video, choose you favorite technique from the ones we've covered and get ready to give your sketch from the heart a real makeover and turn it into a beautiful work of art.
You already know how to draw a face and now you will learn how to paint one with this super easy method that involves almost no shading and just 2 basic colors: White and Raw Umber. Let's see how it's done!
We're using our stash of papers here or you can choose to paint the figure, either way dressing the figure is so much fun!
You can download the Body types.pdf file below with some pretty simple types of body that I use in my work to help you make your own. You can enlarge them or make them smaller to fit your work.
I love to add shadows and lights with my soft pastels. In this video I'll show you.
Here's a practical demo of painting and shadowing a figure with pastels, you can see how the figure starts taking shape and looking deeper and deeper with every step.
There are so much pretty embellishments out there that I find it necessary to include them in my paintings. In this video I'll show you how to add rub-ons and stamps to your piece.
Adding vintage style mica flakes to your paintings gives them a touch of whimsy and it's great for those Christmas and Halloween paintings. I get mine at eBay and I've even found it colored! Applying it it's super easy. Watch the video to learn how.
In this video I'll show you ways to embellish the sides of your paintings and give them an extra that unifies them for a more complete look.
Adding texture unifies your painting and holds everything in a coherent way. It also prepares your surface for a very interesting effect when you apply the vintage wash. I will show how to apply it and have fun with it.
The crackle medium is going to give an old, distressed and weathered look to anything that you apply it to. If you apply it on a thin layer you get thin crackles, and a thick layer will get you thicker and larger cracks. This is very unpredictable and has a life on it's own, but it's a lot of fun to use it.
If you decide to add a vintage wash to your paintings, I'll show you how to do it using oil and walnut ink. Just be prepared with a rag!
My Name is Danita Art.
I Have been working since 2006 in Mixed Media Art, from paintings to doll making and everything you can think of in between. I have a unique style that you can recognize by the eyes of my characters. There is something special about them. They have a sweet melancholy deep within their colorful surroundings, maybe because that's how I feel when I paint, my emotions pour down the canvas and wood and I infuse everything I make with my heart, my emotions, and my soul.
I am a maker of things, a dreamer and a mother. I love creating things in the wee hours of night and I spend almost all of my free time creating or thinking about creating.
Art is my gateway. When I create, I travel to a word where everything is possible, dreams come true, animals are your friends and you can fly on top of a paper bird, just because you want to. It keeps me sane in a crazy world that spins faster that my head can, it keeps me away from the ugly, the bad and the things I can't understand.
This peaceful wonderland is dying to escape into our reality, and it does it trough my art, dying to show us that all we need is love. Every time you look at my paintings, you leave a comment or you take one home, you share a piece that dreamworld with me.
And I thank you for it, deeply, from the bottom of my heart. Because you let me know that a dreamer can dream, and that my dream is not that crazy after all.
My art is the hands of private collectors all over the world and some of my mass market greeting cards and posters are published by La La Land in Australia, and I am a frequent contributor to the Somerset Magazine publications.
You will find my latest work on my online Etsy Shop, and you will find my latest rantings on my blog and my Facebook Fan Page.