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Why I Create Art (and why I publish it!)

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Why I Create Art (and why I publish it!)

Salutations,

I want to tell you why I do what I do – why I paint, sketch, craft, whatever. And why I put it on this corner of the internet for you to see.

So why do I paint or sketch or craft?

I love the feel of the paint on the brush, smoothing over the paper.IMG_6521

I love mixing things and making something new. I love experimenting and doing my own thing, which sometimes happens to be what no one’s done before. I can’t keep myself from the paint and the pencils.

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Sticking with the crowd isn’t my thing. I like to think outside the box and create outside the box.

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My random brain sometimes creates weird paintings or sketches. Some are just plain ugly.

I’m OK with that.

Because they’re mine.

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But why do I want you all to see my paintings and my other art?

Maybe it has something to do with how my English teacher puts it – “You’re not writing for yourself.” You’re writing for other people.

So I’m not painting for myself. I’m not snapping photos for myself. I’m creating for the world. I’m creating for you.

~Heather

 

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Quickie Watercolor Flowers

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Quickie Watercolor Flowers

Aloha,

Personally, I don’t like taking forever to paint one picture. In fact, 15 minutes tops is fine with me. However, that makes for some strange paintings – after all, it takes awhile to make a really beautiful painting, right? Well, I don’t think so. But it probably helps to know how to make each element of a quick painting. So, without further ado, may I present a Quickie Flower (with watercolor). Hopefully this helps you on your painting journey!

1. Ok, first find what flower you want to paint. When looking for inspiration, I like to go on… you guessed it… Pinterest! So I scrolled through flower photos (aren’t you glad I took a picture of me scrolling?) and found one that I liked. It’s basically your standard pink flower, with five petals and the longish shoots in the center (they have a scientific name, but how am I supposed to remember it?)

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2. Next, I sketched out the basic outline of the flower, somewhat lightly but not so lightly that it couldn’t be seen. Unfortunately, the camera couldn’t see it very well :/

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I added a second flower as well.

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Yeah, you can’t see those, can you? Sorry ’bout that. Then again, maybe I don’t want you to see them. My sketching skills are not extraordinary.

3. Then, I loosely (by loosely I mean “not staying in the lines”) colored in the flowers with a watery paintbrush and paint. If you don’t use enough water, you’ll be able to see the brush strokes and that’s not really what we’re going for here. I also added pink to the background. Notice how the flowers just sort of fade away at the end of the stem.

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And you’re done! Have fun and don’t forget to post your feedback or post ideas in the comments 🙂

~Heather

Raging Star – Painting Tutorial

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Raging Star – Painting Tutorial

Salutations,

I recently discovered a way to make some kind of exploding star out of acrylic paint, and I thought I would share it with you all. So here we go…

1. Start out with your paper, small/medium brushes, and acrylic paint. Of course, have a cup of water handy, and a paper towel. One fun thing to try is not letting yourself rinse your paintbrush – just let the paints layer. Experiment with your ideas.

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2. Paint a star-ish thing. See picture 🙂 The right-hand side would probably be best, but experiment with different locations as well.

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3. Now (I didn’t bother waiting for the paint to dry – huge waste of time, in my mind), add another star on top of that one – but slightly to the left (and also in a different color). Basically, just scootch the center of the star over. Actually, you can go either direction, but for the purpose of this tutorial, let’s just go left.

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By the way, sorry the picture don’t look super awesome. I’ll have to work on that 😛

You’ll see in the picture above that the center of the star isn’t really shifted at all – you have to go very gradually. In fact, you can just paint the second star right on top if you want.

4. Keep repeating the star, moving the same direction each time. Eventually, you’ll have something like this:

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Change colors at will, make it random or make a pattern.

5. Almost done! Keep adding stars.

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6. Now, add whatever else you want, or just leave the rest of the paper white. I added a black background just for kicks – I mean, it is a star!

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Here is another finished product of a Raging Star:

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Have fun with your stars! If you have any feedback or any post ideas, let me know in the comments!

~Heather