Wednesday, February 22, 2017

spruce up your lettering with Makewells


Hi everyone! It’s Megan from Makewells – I know it’s been quite a while since I was a guest on Alisa’s super fab. blog, but I’m so excited to be back with a fun hand-lettering post!


Today, I’ve got 3 super simple ways to spruce up your lettering: dots, stars and stripes! Who can’t draw those, right? These little doodles are like salt and pepper – they add just enough flavor, but aren’t overpowering when you sprinkle them in just right! :)



Use these basic, yet versatile marks in a few easy ways: inside your letters, outside your letters, or as a means to add dimension (like a drop shadow).



Everyone can make a dot. The key is where to put them! I like to think in groups of 3 or 5, and then I try varying the sizes. Dots are the easiest mark to make, but can draw a ton of attention to your letters!

Just like dots, these simple marks can highlight the body of your letters (by using them on the inside) or act as the finishing touch to an otherwise "plain" design.

Short little lines inside letters, long swooping lines to highlight curves, or the same short little lines to add a drop shadow.


Try zig zags and wavy lines too!


And there you have it, 3 super simple doodles that are sure to add a whole lot of flair to your hand lettering. Now go have fun!


Follow Megan on Instagram @makewells
Check out more of her unique take on handlettering (or what she likes to call "drawing letters") on her new YouTube page – http://bit.ly/2lPwhNI

You can also purchase her book:
"An Interactive Guide to Handlettering..." http://amzn.to/2k8q39W
And you can follow along with more of her posts for Alisa here http://bit.ly/2kWTETI

Take a class with Megan HERE

Monday, February 20, 2017

mixing pastels and water


Chalk pastels alone are a really fun supply but when you mix pastels with water you are able to use them in a totally different way! While you cannot turn pastels into paint, they are actually water soluble which opens up a world of creative possibilities. 

                  
                    SUPPLIES:  soft pastels   watercolor paper   watercolors   india ink 




TIPS:

Whenever I am using lots of water or wet media, I typically use watercolor paper or bristol paper for my surface. Wetting down those pastels requires a lot of water so you will need a surface that can withstand a lot of water.

Pastels will never completely dissolve or turn into paint but they are really fun to use because you can hold onto those marks, scribbles and strokes.

The colors may change or look different once you add water so I recommend experimenting with those pastels before diving into your project.

You can use those pastels and water in a couple of different ways- Draw first and then add water to the drawing which will dissolve and turn those lines into something that resembles watercolors. You can also wet your surface and then draw into the wet surface. The pastels will be rich and saturated and almost feel like they are melting into the wet paper.

Don't be afraid to layer a variety of materials, supplies and techniques with those pastels. I like layering watercolor paint, ink, permanent maker and even acrylic paint over the top of my pastels.

Depending on your surface and your personal preference, you may (or may not) want to "fix" your work. Keep in mind that spraying a fixative on your pastel work may change the nature of the pigment. Personally, I don't like to fix my pastel work but this is just my preference.


FLASH SALE TODAY!


Hey friends! I've got a flash sale today! All art journal classes are $10 today only. You can head on over to the shop for more details HERE.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

batch of messy pouches in the shop!


I've got another batch of messy pouches in the shop HERE. Each pouch is hand painted, made from canvas and one of a kind. They always sell out fast so get em' while you can! 






Wednesday, February 15, 2017

favorite product: easy marble paint


Once in a while I like to share products and supplies that I am loving and right now I can't get enough of Easy Marble (and no, this is not a sponsored post). Easy Marble is a lightfast, quick drying paint that you can use on all kinds of surfaces. I've used a variety supplies to create a marbled effect- spray paint and nail polish and acrylic paint but Easy Marble is the best product I've tried. Here is a little peek into my experiments.











Tuesday, February 14, 2017

happy valentines day!

Happy Valentines Day friends! Hope you have day filled with love. For all you coloring enthusiasts, I've got two free heart coloring downloads for you. ENJOY! XOXOXO


Download HERE



Download HERE

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

free download for you!


Back in December, my good friend Megan Wells came to visit me and we spent some time in the studio collaborating on a some fun little pieces! Today we have a free download of one of them for you! You can download our Chase Your Dreams print HERE




And just a quick reminder that you've got a few more days to get in on the early bird special for Megan's bundle of lettering classes.

BUNDLE OF 3 CLASSES
$80 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL $70 until Feb 12th
Register for bundle HERE

The bundle includes all three classes:
Drawin' Letters
Get Scripty
Letter Outside the Lines

The bundle costs $80 (compare to $90 for a savings of $10) We've got an early bird special for $70 until February 12 Feb, 2017.

If you are interested in taking all three classes, the bundle is the best option for you!

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

quick tip: use your hands!


If you are looking for a way to loosen up your art... USE YOUR HANDS!

It might be uncomfortable but only using your fingers and hands is a really creative and challenging way to make expressive and unique marks and a great way to let loose! You will be surprised just how interesting those marks can be  when you limit your supplies.


TIPS:

Each of your fingers have the ability to create different marks. Try dragging, dipping, tapping, dotting and swiping alone or all together.

The palm of your hand is great for applying larger areas of color, blending and even making unique marks.

The side of your hand can also be used for applying lots of color, making shapes and even pattern by repeating it over and over again.

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