Breaking Free with your Art

The Art Sherpa Tutorial

I Remember when I first started getting back into my art, how hard is was for me, so I wanted to talk to you about breaking free with your art.

At first when I re-entered my Artistic Journey I did a lot of free classes found online & I had a lot of fun doing them. I did Coloring classes, Word Art classes, Art Journaling classes, Watercolor classes, Acrylic classes, Drawing classes, Mixed Media classes. Pretty much any type of Art class I could find and it was great! I was learning and felt good about what I was accomplishing.  [Note - Click Photos to see tutorials used]

Then at some point I realized that the only art I was doing was just a mimic of what someone else did. Suddenly just following classes was no longer enough. I wanted to create my own art, from start to finish. But I had no idea what to create. I would literally sift through google & pinterest pages for hours, doing searches for the various types of art photos that were created using materials I had. Still nothing came to me. It felt like every idea I had of what I wanted to create was just coming from someone else.

   Tamara Laporte Tutorial

I was so dependent on following another artist tutorial that I didn't know where to start and on top of that I felt like I needed to do something completely original. Then I ran across a book called, "Steal like an Artist" by Austin Kleon. His theory is basically that nothing is completely original, everything is created upon what came before.  Light bulb moment, I realized I agree with him and that understanding freed me. I highly recommend you read this book, you can get a free PDF Download of it by clicking Here.

Now I am in no way saying it's ok to completely duplicate another artist's work, or to even make something that is obviously similar to someone else's work and call it your own. That is just ethically and morally wrong. What I am saying is I finally understood that it was ok if I used techniques that I learned from someone else.  It's ok if I felt inspired to paint a picture of a sunflower, a horse, a person...

Creativity comes from combining things that you have learned to then re-creating your version and interpretation.

       My Own Creation

Once I embraced this new understanding I was then able to go to that blank page or canvas and begin on my own journey into finding my own personal style, using information I learned from all the fabulous artist's before me. And guess what I am still learning and re-developing my own style everyday and I still love doing online tutorials. Learning from others is the best tool anyone could have, so use it. It helps us to grow and learn new techniques that we may want to incorporate into our own unique personal style.

Hugs & Love from Ranae'

What to do with the Inner Critic

The critic....You’re not good enough. You can’t do that painting. You’re just wasting your time. You will never be as good as them. What you’re doing is horrible. You should just give up. You will never accomplish that.

We all struggle with this Inner Critic and maybe even more so when we are creatives. From early on in our lives we are taught to think logically, weigh the odds, be realistic. Blah dee blah, blah… Now I am not at all saying these things are not useful and needed, I am saying they are not enough! These concepts need a balance and too often we are not taught this balance.

Think logically but allow creativity to open new doors and logic to simply guide you through those doors. I can’t begin to count how many times I had started an art project and felt I messed it up so badly that I wanted to give up and listen to those critical voices. What I can tell you though is when I decided to push through and tried to find a new creative way to change what I thought was horrible mistake, over 90% of the time I fell in love with finished project.

Weigh the odds but use that knowledge to help you prepare for the times those odds are against you, instead of avoiding them. Figure out new ways to beat those odds, practicing is a great way to change the odds into your favor.

Be realistic, I don’t even want to go there… What is realistic anyway? Being realistic implies that there is some type of universal rule that all must adhere to. I would rather you create the reality you are the most passionate about, and that reality will change many times in your life.

Ok, so what do we do with this know it all inner critic?

I believe the first thing we must realize is that little miss know it all is actually here to protect us. Unfortunately, she is overly sensitive and tends to speak from false fears a lot. Her voice is often born from the ideas others in our lives have verbalized to us or about us. Whose voice is she emulating? When her voice comes forth we need to recognize that she believes her words are helpful and protection. Acknowledge her words and her fear with love then move forward despite them.

“I realize you say I am not good enough and I also understand this concern is born from the voice of “insert someone in your past who may of said such to you” However, I release that fear and chose to know and accept that I am more than good enough.” And YOU ARE !

Hugs & Love from Ranae’

Art Journaling – Many Types

Art journaling has become very popular over the years.  So what is Art journaling? Is there a predetermined way to create one? Does every page have to be filled or finished? Is the a certain type of journal you have to use? My answer to these questions is simple... No! You do not need to follow

any specific guidelines. If you want your journaling to follow set rules, that is fine. If you want it to be project specific, fantastic. If you only have notebook paper and pens to use, no problem. 

I personally do  my journals more project specific. Needless to say I have quite a collection of Journals. This photo actually shows only about a half of the journals I own.

The first few journals I created were for creating Zentangles and simple line art. From there I started doing Word Art Journals. I had no rules, they were simply for my eyes only. Since then I have actually gone back through them and created other art that was inspired by some of those first few journals. I also have journals I use to test new techniques and background ideas. Those are very relaxing to me since they have no pre-formatted idea behind them. I use them a lot when I have no specific idea for a new project but want to keep my artistic mode going. Then I have some I use just for mixed media. They are the more standard types of Art Journals and a lot of the pages are from Art Journal tutorials I have found online.

Then I have my "Girls Only" Art Journals. No it doesn't mean that guys can't see them. lol They are journals that I make pictures of the little girls I so love creating.  Some of those pages have made their way into becoming prints for my shop, others are just for me and a few are from online tutorials.

 They don't have to complicated, specific, or time consuming. You may only have 15 minutes a day to dabble in yours and that is perfectly ok. Maybe you just want to write about your day and do some little doodles around the edges, that works too. So no matter how you decide to use a journal, it's all good. Your journals are for you, it's up to you what do with them, how to use them and who you want to see them. Just let your creativity out and have fun! 

Hugs & Love from Ranae'

Grand Opening


Crazy Daze & a new Studio

It's been a whirlwind in my life lately. Many ups and downs
that intruded on the things I really wanted to get done.

But all is better now & I have been busy moving to a new
home, located in Tampa.  Moving is so much fun, right? As if !!!
Sooo many boxes to unpack and a lot of empty shelves
to fill, in my new Studio, but it's getting there.


Grand Opening Celebration 

50% off ALL Prints

To help us celebrate I am offering 50%
off ALL prints in my Etsy Store
during the next week.

Click the photo or Discount Code to go
to my Etsy Store & use the following
code to get your special discount.

GRAND2018


Coming Soon

I am creating some YouTube videos that will include tips on various
artistic techniques, as well as some speed clips of projects I am
working on in my art journals. So be sure to watch out for those on my
social media profiles Which can be found at the top right of web page.

Another exciting addition will be "Throwback Thursdays"
where I will be highlighting various art project's from
my past with ideas and tips about how I created them.


Greeting Card Sets

Soon I will adding these greeting cards to my Etsy store.
So be sure to watch my Social Media channels
so you will know when they are available.
Each set is packaged in a protective Crystal Clear Box, which
includes 8 [Blank Inside] Greeting Cards - 2 of each Design
- 8 Envelopes & they will be available in two different sizes.
Who knows I may just run a special discount to
help introduce them So be sure to stay tuned.

Techniques’: When is it your own?

I have my own style in many things but lately with my girls I have taken to following Tamara Laporte’s wondrous tutorials. I always try to make some part of each tutorial unique in some way. Yet I find myself leery of saying it is 100% my own yet.

For example, I recently completed one of Tam’s tutorial called the “Merry Muse” The photo below is Tamara's work.

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(Click Here for more info on this tutorial)

To make it more my own I used a different color palette and I changed the items in her hands from a Celtic Harp to Moon and then made my dove different with no crown. See my take on this tutorial below.

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So yes it looks different than Tam’s yet similar still because the techniques used are pretty close to the same.

My next project I decided to still use the techniques I have learned from Tam but I didn’t follow her tutorials directly and even drew my very own girl without any visual aids from anyone else’s works. In other words, the girl is totally my creation.

However, once I completed her, in my mind she is still not really mine. She is not from any tutorial, she is not a copy, and yet she still doesn’t feel like all mine. Simply because the techniques I used were all learned from Tam.

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I would be very interested in what others may think. If you are learning techniques from other artist’s when does what you are working on become your own work? Does every technique used needs to be 100% your own idea? Does it become your own if you mix one learned artist’s technique with another’s? How do you get to that point where you feel your creations are all yours?

I personally have no answer, I am still on the journey to developing my own personal style, technique and cohesive works. However, I know one thing…

Learning various techniques from various artist’s is definitely a great way to keep me moving forward in this journey. So to all those wonderful artists’ that share their own techniques, trials and tricks with us I thank you with all my heart! Thank to each of you, I am confident that one day I will be able to do the same and will have my “own” unique style and techniques.

Hugs & Love from – Ranae’